There is now no overall ‘white privilege’ in health or education or overall ‘BAME disadvantage’. These categories are outdated and unhelpful.
The Chancellor is groping his way, knowing well that the future is unknowable, trying to hold on to as much of the past as he can.
It was superb to see responsible local businesses investing, and ensuring a safe and socially distanced experience for their customers.
Three million of them are unlikely to pitch up here, but government must plan for all eventualities – and support for its plan wouldn’t survive a mass influx.
In that sense, his speech could easily have been given by a much more fitting figure for the Ditchley Foundation: Tony Blair.
Never underestimate the power of Labour. Its message of helping the underdog and the poor is enduring, still popular and extremely potent.
The Education Endowment Foundation estimates that ten years of progress in closing the attainment gap has been reversed by school closures.
The blue share in the poll of polls hit 43 per cent on June 2 and hasn’t moved the best part of a month later.
Johnson has fewer than three months in which to move public opinion – the key to getting schools moving again.
Plus: If only the Remainers had behaved like Rashford. And: the lesson I draw from Twitter – “Immer mit der Ruhe”
Plus: vision from the top for left-behind pupils, a National Education Broadcasting Service, and Alan Turing summer schools.
This is 25 times the number of skilled work permits issued each year to non-EU citizens and their dependants.
We have a dominating centre and compliant Ministers. The Education Secretary was given his marching orders, and told to like them or lump them.
Getting the economy moving won’t even begin to give the Government political momentum. It will need to conduct its own Fairness Audit.
As a rule, the Conservatives are unclear about the politics of equality and identity. But there’s at least one Minister who isn’t.