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July 22, 2008 01:00

Guido writes, quite rightly, about the renaissance in free market think tanks.

One of the liveliest and most infuential is, of course, Policy Exchange, and it's something of a coup for Boris Johnson to have lured its director, Anthony Browne, to be his policy director.

It's also very good news for London to have so able a man directing policy.

What a change from the Socialist Action cell which took charge under Livingstone.

Incidentally, Guido writes:

Michael Gove's advocacy of the Swedish model of "free schools" may owe a little to another recent ASI report Open Access for UK Schools: What Britain can learn from Swedish Education Reform.

I'm sure that's correct, but I've been banging on about the Swedish model (and other similar schemes) for more than a decade and wrote a much earlier ASI paper in 2001. Here's some of what I wrote:







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If Denmark has a long history of choice, the situation in Sweden could not have been more different. High tax rates meant that school fees were unaffordable to all but a tiny number of parents; so as recently as 1990 less than one per cent of pupils attended independent schools

July 22, 2008 01:00

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