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Cameron’s bipartisanship on Labour’s education reforms looks very worthy on the surface but there is an underlying politics to it.  In last week’s New Statesman Martin Bright captured that politics very well:

"Cameron’s tactic, in smothering the government with support, is to make Blair’s divorce from his own party permanent."   

The tactic may already be bearing fruit… The Guardian reports signs of a growing rebellion on Labour benches against Tony Blair’s education reforms.  Greater freedom on admissions policy is provoking the ire of former Education Secretaries Estelle Morris and, significantly, David Blunkett.  Blunkett may be playing a double game – acting as a rebel when he’s really getting into the rebel camp for Tony Blair.  Anyway – it’s all looking very interesting…

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