Pompous Patten's left-wing legacy
For those who are fortunate enough not to recognise the name, Mr Patten was one of the most pompous education secretaries we ever had - a bouffanted individual who preached the benefits of hellfire to children and branded parents who disagreed with him as "Neanderthals". He was sacked in 1994 after a mass teacher boycott of testing.
Yet Patten's legacy lives on. How so? Patten called Professor Tim Brighouse, now the commissioner for London schools, a "nutter" who wandered around the streets frightening children. Brighouse sued for defamation, Patten coughed up, the money was put in a trust fund and progressive projects like Salusbury World have been thanking the Tory for his indiscretion ever since.