Recently retired Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE (impressive RN biog here) has resigned after his straight-talking style proved too unpalatable for members of his organisation (BBC link). Well-known for taking no prisoners where political correctness is concerned, Admiral Parry attracted too much flak, especially with his military metaphors - a bit like me, really. [sarcasm mode on] Fancy criticising standards in state schools when we know they have reached perfection after all that government investment. And as for speaking up for those benighted people who make sacrifices to pay school fees on top of their taxes so as to give their children a better education, that's downright elitism, that is (i.e. v. bad). What's wrong with a "bog-standard comprehensive" education? [sarcasm mode off] P.S. I went to state schools, as did my children, but I'm grown-up enough not to harbour any envy or petty jealousies towards public schools or their attendees. Why should people who already contribute their taxes towards the state school system like everyone else be villified for spending their disposable income on private sector education?