About time too

10th November 2000 at 00:00
Blair right to ditch vain inspector

THE right question to ask about Chris Woodhead is not why he has gone, but why it has taken so long to dispose of the chief inspector of schools. The answer is Tony Blair. Mr Woodhead answered to the Prime Minister's fondness for totemic, bold-sounding reformers who would shake up the public sector by challenging its prejudices. The chief inspector taled a correctly tough line on standards; he was right in his refusal to tolerate mediocrity in schools. The longer he remained in his post, however, the more obviously counter-

productive was an approach characterised by vanity.

The new inspector will be wise to remember what Mr Woodhead forgot. There is a difference between being a rigorous prefect and a bombastic bully.

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