LABOUR election strategists will not be interested in the policy merits. They know that a Railtrack, Marks and Spencer or Marconi school will not perform better (and might do far worse) than one run by the Birmingham, Derbyshire or Surrey education committees. But a better performance is not what selling off schools is about. The Government has decided that opposing the public enterprise is part of its brand image. Giving "failing schools" away is just an element in the marketing strategy.
Roy Hattersley, Monday