Since decisions governing the funding of education are political before they are economic, Jim Hudson's pseudo-realism will commend itself to few beyond Education and Employment Secretary Gillian Shephard.
Its logical conclusion is that one good teacher (perhaps Mr Hudson?), plus an Office for Standards in Education megaphone, could teach an entire school single-handed.
Oversized classes begin when numbers prevent an adequate education for all pupils, and teachers know them to be endemic. In a democracy, force of argument is the only legitimate force.
Regarding oversized classes, it should be deployed with neither let-up nor let-out. Who is not against them is for them.
DR COLIN BUTLER Senior English master Borden grammar school Avenue of Remembrance Sittingbourne Kent.