"...in my children's south London primary school, the international influence is primarily the large numbers of (mostly middle-class) bilingual children, usually with one parent married to a Brit," says Andrew Neather in the article reproduced in the previous post. Yet in 2003 he was quoted as follows - so where exactly do his children go? Is it one of those specially nice "State" schools whose catchment area has been colonised by the middle class - or have his philosophical principles trumped his duty as a parent?
The myth of 'choice'
Journalist Andrew Neather says he could probably afford to send his two daughters to private schools.
But the former Number 10 speechwriter, who worked on Labour's 1997 general election campaign, said he wants them to be educated by the state.
The problem, Mr Neather says, is that the local state primary schools where he lives are suffering from underinvestment and their results are "dire". Either that or they are church schools.
The only option, he believes, will be to move house to an area with better schools.
"The way I feel now, I can not envisage a situation where I would send my children to a private school. "I would be willing to make huge sacrifices to send my kids to a good state school."
He says his desire to send his children to a state school is "not just a question of abstract political principles".
"I went to a very large comprehensive, then I went on to Cambridge. I think I had a more rounded experience of life than people who went to public schools.
"At the same time, I want my kids to do well and to get good results. You need that. You need both - and getting both is not easy."