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Embracing education vouchers

Data from Sweden suggests that vouchers could offer the government a truly equitable way of combining its educational ideals with pragmatism

By David G Green   November 2007

The government recently came in for sharp criticism for stealing Tory policies on inheritance tax. But instead of being embarrassed, it should brazenly steal a few more, particularly the Swedish-style education vouchers hinted at by Tory education spokesman, Michael Gove. Modern politicians should be pragmatic problem solvers, not tribal loyalists who banish good ideas just because of their provenance.

During his September conference speech Gordon Brown declared that he was for a “genuinely meritocratic Britain.” He was against the “old equality of outcome that discounts hard work and effort.” “No matter where you come from,” his message was “if you…

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