Gordon Brown's infamy academy

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So, Gordon Brown has finally signalled his support for the city academy programme.

I'm sure Francis Beckett, Alasdair Smith and Ken Muller (Fraud Academy, Socialist Review, June 2007) will share my sense of cynical relief: an end to his silence on this central plank of New Labour education policy. What else would we expect of Brown? How could he let his friends in big business down?

As the article shows, the city academy programme will only be stopped through opposition from the grassroots. That opposition links in with the wider public sector struggle against privatisation.

Whether Brown has thrown down a gauntlet or is simply unaware of the opposition organising against the selling off of our public assets, I cannot say.

This opposition must continue to expand. The recent Committee of Enquiry into Academy Schools, organised at the House of Commons by the Anti-Academies Alliance, shows the continuing commitment, confidence and creativity of our side.

Local campaigns are linking together to gain a national profile. We know we can win the arguments.

Tom Eastwood
Teacher and NUT Secretary, North London