ABSTRACT

In all political debates, some voices are inevitably louder than others. But over the past three years, a distinct lobby has come to dominate the discussion about the direction of our nation's schools — and it is a voice that comes from the ever more powerful, and ever more globally dominant, new right. In its most rhetorical form, the arguments are heard from the Tory front benches, and particularly from our crusading education secretary Michael Gove; in its more popular form, this lobby finds regular expression in the news pages and editorials of our national broadsheets and tabloids.