I do think that Labour's current manifesto position makes sense. Let's end all kinds of state aid, including tax breaks, to private schools, as a first step, no? There can really be no justification whatsoever for the govt to provide any kind of assistance to private schools. Because if we're being honest, the parents who send their kids to private schools aren't really going to care how bad the state-funded education system is. They might not even care if many kids leave school with no education at all. Why? Because life is about the cream rising to the top. If their kids have less competition that's a good thing. So if the masses have no education to speak of, that's just grand. Their kids will have an easier time rising to the top. Win/win. So let state education crumble and collapse. It's a good thing. In that vein, the state should not give any assistance to private schools whatsoever. No tax breaks, no funding, no help with anything. Let the market sort itself out, right? We don't need any govt interference. So let private schools work like any other free market business. And pay their damn taxes. Meanwhile funding to state schools has got to increase. Posters have commented that state schools are filled with "left-wing types who've never had a real job and couldn't get a job in private industry". Well the teachers whom they admire in private schools would never be attracted to the state schools, because the wages, conditions, investment, facilities, outcomes, prestige, etc, are so inferior, it's like comparing the 1st world with the 51st world. The free market model everyone loves says that if you want the best you have to pay for it. So we simply have to spend more money on state education. Or we give up and go back to the Victorian era and admit that is the natural, at-rest state this country by default aspires to. The master and the servant. The lord and the commoner. The haves and the have-nots. Everybody wants to be the former, and in that position nobody would give two craps about the latter. It seems to be in our DNA. Those who send their kids to private schools don't care about state education, and what's more favour lower taxes so they don't have to support other people's kids (that's for communists and socialists). So it's not hard to see how a proliferation of private education basically erodes and destroys state education, eventually. The more you go down the private route, the less money their is for the state-run sector, and the more everybody wants to send their own kids to private schools. In so doing having less money and wanting to pay lower taxes, thus voting Tory... Catch-22, no? Leading to state-run schools basically being run into the ground. We're not that far off that now, are we?