E-mail to Michael Howard - 31st May 2007
I write to express the warm thanks of SKS for your robust support of
all Kent's schools in particular your consistent defense of the work
of our Grammar Schools.
I note that you and some of your like minded colleagues are seeking
the repeal of the petition/ballot legislation. That was my objective
for some time but it is clear that the alternative to a parent decision
is a politician's one. OK if it was you but no significant political
party now supports Grammars. A sad day for democracy indeed. Are we
not safer in the hands of parents?
The present controversy might be quelled if a pledge was made to allow
parents to have a petition and ballot to secure a grammar where one
does not exist. Such a mechanism would balance the existing one to get
rid of grammars. It would seem to be fair and would remove the decision
from politicians. It might even garner a few votes!
Eric Hammond, Chairman Support Kent Schools.
Reply from Michael Howard - 8th June 2007
Thank you very much for your email about grammar schools.
I have noted your suggestions with interest.
It is not, however, quite accurate to say that 'no significant political
party now supports grammars.' It is clear that the Conservative Party
does support existing grammar schools even if it is not prepared to
make a commitment to a programme of new schools.
It was very good to hear from you. With best wishes