The right-wing Institute of Economic Affairs has hailed the zones as a revolution. "The stark fact," says director Dr James Tooley, "is the Government has accepted that there is no matter of principle that government should be delivering education."
THE zones have been held up as the Third Way in practice. They show "the Government believes that there is a third way in public services" and it can be developed "not in a dogmatic way, but in a practical way", says Stephen Byers, the School Standards Minister. Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary, has told us: "The Third Way starts from the premise that progress in society cannot and should not be the sole responsibility of governments." This is an unremarkable statement: debate tends to be around how much responsibility rests with government. Still, it is a hint that the Third Way means a bigger role for the private sector.