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The sayings of Michael

"It is mistaken to suggest that those whose livelihood comes from education can make more objective judgments than those who approach it as consumers. "

- March 1988 at the Scottish Grand Committee

* "Schools should tell parents the age at which they will have children reading and the age at which they will be able to perform basic arithmetic. "

- July 1995 speech to Tory faithful

* "Some of these proposals are a bit on the radical side even for me."

- November 1995 comment on plea by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to remove Scottish Office controls over school closures.

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