The former Labour MP’s defection, and the later split within that party, has not yet found in a parallel in our own turbulent times.
The situation is volatile, but on balance it is more likely that Labour will hang on, and that Paul Nuttall will be the first victim of Thursday’s by-election.
Labour’s claim free schools are just for the middle classes is not sustainable.
Blunkett made it very difficult for schools to deal with poor behaviour
Free schools would not be allowed where there are surplus places.
Tristam Hunt said “we live in very different economic circumstances” to justify forcing parents to send their children to bad, half empty schools
Indeed, its stagnant centralism and bureaucracy is more likely to inflame extremism and violence than prevent them.
Of course, plays can be used to peddle myths and propaganda. But acting is concerned with truth and sensibility in ways that politics cannot be.
Like Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove has turned out to be far more in tune with public opinion than Labour was, and is now dragging his opponents along in his wake.