December 14, 2005


Blair rejects alternative white paper (Polly Curtis and Matthew Taylor, December 14, 2005, The Guardian)

The prime minister, Tony Blair, today refused to give ground to a powerful coalition of ex-ministers, Labour loyalists and rebel backbenchers that is calling on him to soften his controversial education reforms.

Mr Blair told the House of Commons he will not change his plans to make every school an independent "trust" school despite the fact that up to 50 of his MPs were simultaneously spelling out their alternative plans for education. [...]

Mr Cameron said Mr Blair faced a choice. "With our support, you can have the reforms that our schools need or you can give in to the Labour party. Which is it to be - white paper or white flag?"

Mr Cameron added: "Reports suggest this [alternative white paper] will call for a delay in the introduction of trust schools. Will you specifically rule this out?"

Mr Blair replied: "Yes, I will."

The Tories are in an ideal position: they help Tony Blair govern Third Way now and inherit his mantle when Labour implodes, as the GOP did here.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2005 6:17 PM

There is no GOP implosion. Yes, on the margin, a few Republicans are reluctant to support school vouchers and charter schools. But the dominant opposition is the Democratic Party and most importantly most African Americans. Is Jesse Jackson in support or not? Al Sharpton? Mfume? (pdf) Obama Osama Omama (Obama: "What I said was--I think that we have to consider every possibility of improving what admittedly is an intolerable school system for a lot of inner-city kids. I do not believe in vouchers")? NAACP?

What part of NO TO SCHOOL VOUCHERS by Democrats (especially African-Americans) do you not understand? Granted Republicans have not made it a high priority, but how do you get implosion from that.

Posted by: h-man at December 15, 2005 7:35 AM

Democrats imploded when Bill left. The GOP became the Third Way party after having just helped him in the 90s.

Posted by: oj at December 15, 2005 7:43 AM

Anyone else think Obama is sorry he changed his name?

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2005 8:18 AM

Obviously, I misunderstood you statement, since I thought you were saying that the GOP imploded on school reform. As Roseanne Rosanna-Dana said "nevermind".

Posted by: h-man at December 15, 2005 8:21 AM