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28 May 2012

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David H

All well and good. But Holyrood produced a Charities Act that was deliberately tighter than England and Wales and specifically required independent schools to mitigate any barrier to access that fees and charges created with wider means-tested financial assistance.

That they duly did, as recent OSCR reports about the charity test have demonstrated.

So does that widened access to schools mean that even newer means-tested kids to the sector should be prevented from succeeding in life?

David H

Just maybe there are other reasons other than perceptions of snobbery why many parents, at least 50,000 at last count, make the financial sacrifice to ensure a good education..

http://www.scotsman.com/news/education/pupils-falling-ill-because-they-won-t-use-filthy-school-toilets-1-2324084

Ian Jenkins

Couple of comments.

Election promises are not binding - for example in the US Obama promised to close Guantanamo and in France Hollande said he would shut many of its nuclear electricity plants. Both also have important international consequences that are not receiving wide debate.

Moreover past candidates in Greece have no doubt promised that sovereignty would be sacrosanct; Greek domestic and foreign policy would be determined in Athens, not Berlin. This seems an important development for all nations, and especially for the independence debate in Scotland.

Secondly, BA writes "We live in a profoundly unequal society." However significantly for G20 political cooperation, and probably the UK's survival, we also live in a profoundly unequal world.
Many have worried about this. (Edited by Editor) ... how the strong biological drive to compete – in many cases violently and ruthlessly – can coexist with the cooperation that makes competitive societies successful."

How will Scotland with barely 5 million people survive in a shark tank of 7 billion.

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