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Wednesday April 02 2008

The Stockholm network have just produced a short video in favour of moving the British state education system towards greater freedom of choice for parents, towards, in other words, a system like what they have in Sweden.  This is what Conservative leader David Cameron has already said he will be favouring, so it’s helpful to have a partisan video in favour of such changes.  Here‘s the video.  Here‘s the Stockholm Network press release plugging it.

One of the prime movers behind the Civitas schools, Robert Whelan, is one of the talking heads in this video.  He talks very quietly and rather sadly, making the point that he personally wanted to go beyond just badgering the government into doing better, by helping to start some cheap and cheerful schools, within the range of the less wealthy.  That reminds me, I must ask Whelan if he’ll do a recorded conversation with me.

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If I was cleverer I’d have the video “embedded”, or whatever it is, here.  But I have much to learn about such trickery and am also in somewhat of a hurry.

Personally I’m more impressed by incremental steps in what look to be the right directions, at any rate for the people doing them, than big policy leaps, even leaps intended to be leaps towards a free market.  Nationalisation is an incurably political process.  So, unfortunately, is denationalisation.  But good luck to these particular would-be reformers.  I hope they can make this kind of stuff stick.  And congratulations to Greg Carter, the guy who made this video.