Grammar School boy agrees with Public School Boys that Comprehensives are good enough for everyone else
The Conservative Party will officially sever links with academic selection in the state sector today, accusing grammar schools of entrenching social advantage.
David Willetts, the shadow education secretary, will warn grammar supporters in the party that they cannot harp back to the past.
"We must break free from the belief that academic selection is any longer the way to transform the life chances of bright, poor kids," he will say.
"This is a widespread belief but we just have to recognise that there is overwhelming evidence that such academic selection entrenches advantage, it does not spread it."
OK - what evidence? 70 per cent of parents want a return to Grammar Schools, if you want to persuade them that their widespread belief is wrong then you will have to do better than just parroting the DFES line and actually show how you are going to reverse the deplorable decrease in social mobility that has happened, uniquely for a developed nation, under Tony Blair.