Monday, 2 July 2007
David Willetts has not been forgiven for allowing the Conservative party's u-turn on grammar schools to destroy David Cameron's poll lead. Gordon Brown has given Cameron the ideal opportunity to keep Willetts away from schools policy without removing him from the shadow cabinet. He has now been given the job of shadowing John Denham as universities minister. Michael Gove will be a strong shadow to Ed Balls. But he would be unwise to change tack on schools policy again. Willetts may not be the greatest politician in the world, but his basic analysis was right for the Tories - it makes far more sense to promote city academies for all pupils in 2007 rather than more grammar schools for a few.