Last September, Boris Johnson opened the West London Free School with rather a good joke.
βThe Secretary of State for Education has added a new word to the English language,β he said. βI give, they gave, he gove β he gove us this school.β
Okay, maybe you had to be there. I was so giddy with pleasure that the school was finally opening, I was ready to laugh at anything. Iβd been leading the efforts of a group of parents and teachers for two years and scarcely a day had passed without the opponents of free schools unleashing a vicious personal attack. I kept my spirits up by visualizing the first 120 pupils passing through the school gates and when it eventually came to pass it was a moment to savour. (To read more, click here.)