'Blair's done what he said'

24th September 2004 at 01:00
Alex Smith, 26, is mother to Ethan, four, and Jasmine, eight, who attend Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran in Cwmbran, south Wales. Unlike the eight out of 10 parents who believe that Tony Blair has failed to deliver on education, she thinks he has done a pretty good job.

"He's done most of the things he said he'd do. People say he's been too distracted by war in Iraq but I don't think that's true."

Ethan and Jasmine travel six miles to school as Alex, a Welsh speaker, wanted them to have a Welsh-medium education, but she consulted the school's Estyn report first.

She finds the notion of specialist schools bizarre. "Surely a school that focuses on sport will be lacking in other areas?"

Nerys Lloyd-Pierce

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