I don't think anything that is not resolved by negotiation, compromise and consent is a good thing. The issues are clear. Tax situation is controversial. Perceived issue with social cohesion shared by both Labour the Conservatives in regard to private schools. The message has been clear. Increase the 1% receiving scholarships and bursaries, ensure the mix here is more social inclusive: wider partnership with state schools, shared use of resources etc. This is in areas like sports facilities, music, drama, an area where public schools excel and actual also receive specific state subsidy. Movement on the first issue has been non-existent. Movement on the second painfully slow and I think schools have only really moved when they have received relatively generous funding and have been paid by the state for outreach work. Not all independent schools are the same boat, some are endowment rich and have significant resources not all are in that position. Its also the nature of old institutions to be slow moving and change resistant. This may down to a small number of schools an 'old school big beast issue' causing significant issues for the rest. They have been asked to alter behavior. They have not. Scottish government has steeped in with a medium sized stick. Long tradition with the U.K. government to use Scotland as a test case. If the government increases its tax take and some unpredictable issue does not occur (mass bankruptcy/ public discontent) what do you think will happen next? I suspect Scotland changed the law through the rates as it may have no power in regard to legislating the charity law. I don't know but it seems clear that more could happen. Whatever schools are being asked to reform they are not, this is the result. When government spending is tight and public spending is under-strain bad things happen, public services are gutted people are left high and dry. That's never a good thing. If you are sanctioned by social security and have to use a food bank to feed you're kids or if you have to remove you're kids from a top fee paying school as you can no longer pay. That's a traumatic event in the lives of children. When is that ever a good thing or the right thing to do? Horrifying decisions are made everyday in the name of the economy. In our socially divided bitter and twisted world we can sleep comfortable with some decisions and get angry about others. We have grown apart and we have become comfortable with it. Things need to change on all sides. Our institutions need to alter, we have to alter and we have to ensure the well-being of the next generation who cannot yet stand and fend for itself.