Tonight I’ll be speaking on the first of a monthly series of short politics slots on Citybeat Radio (podcast available after broadcast). The conversation inevitably centred on Catriona Ruane’s controversial slow, slow motion car crash move to deregulate the selection tests for the Grammars. It’s a strangely right of centre libertarian outcome to a initiative that was intended to shift us a more left of centre egalitarian set up. The banning of teaching for the varios entrance exams in class time likely only to exaggerate a growing class divide in the school system. I also talk about the disastrous PR of the flat payment of £12,000. There is more to the report than that; but given the political illwill stirred particularly amongst Unionists, will its more measured provisions ever see the light of day?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty
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