I FEAR Roy Hattersley may be mistaken in the inference he draws. Apparently three-quarters of grammar-school pupils left at 16 - not good enough it seems to go to university. The grammar schools failed their students.
This is rubbish. Many of my contemporaries in a grammar school in the south Midlands in the 1960s had perfectly good O-levels which would have enabled them to go into the sixth form with every prospect of a university place. They did not do so because there were plenty of good jobs available, a situation, alas, which no longer exists.
Dr R Martin 16 Eyebrook Road Bowdon Altrincham