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Tired assumptions about the independent sector needlessly cloud the debate over business rates

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James McEnaney clearly had a good winter break. His piece on independent schools and business rates (“Time to smash tax breaks for our bastions of inequality”, Tes Scotland, 12 January) was as long on righteous anger and schadenfreude as it was short on perspective and precision. The independent sector has never doubted the strength of feeling its very existence arouses; the debate is almost as old as some of the schools themselves. What distinguished this response to the Barclay Review – and the Scottish government’s selective acceptance of it – were the lofty but tired assumptions about the ...

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