Prince's Mistrust is misplaced

10th December 2004 at 00:00
As an opponent of private education (from whose exclusive elements my family and I have never benefited) I would not presume to pass comment publicly on the quality of education provided by independent schools. My bias and ignorance would be all too apparent.

Prince Charles has no such reservations. As a critic of state education (from whose inclusive benefits neither he nor his family ever benefited) he feels able to comment authoritatively - but with no less bias or ignorance.

While acknowledging that over the years the Prince's Trust has helped many young people, I would argue that the Prince's "Mistrust" needs to be applied to his coterie of educational advisers, most of whom have sharp axes to grind, albeit with blunt instruments.

Professor Colin Richards 1 Bobbin Mill Spark Bridge, Cumbria

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