At his news conference this morning, Blair was unable to explain how primary schools were supposed to become Academies, but repeated his intention that all schools in England become either Trust Schools (which they are not exactly queuing up to do) or Academies. Quite what would be the point of making all schools into one or other of these, I can't quite see. After all, what if someone had tried to make all schools into grammar schools...?
However, trade unions are seldom short of cash, and the teaching unions, with by definition a middle-class base, must be loaded. Likewise, the National Secular Society's list of Honorary Associates marks it out as easily the best-connected voluntary organisation in Britain, if not in the English-speaking world, and thus no doubt as fabulously rich accordingly; if it is not, then Honorary Associates such as Philip Pullman are certainly not short of a bob or two.
So here's a thought: why don't the teaching unions and the NSS start sponsoring Academies? Or is it that, like Eustonites challenged to stand for Parliament (see a reply to a post below), they consider it "unethical" to suggest that they should put up or shut up?