Alex, having helpfully covered the awful Birbalsingh diatribe, reminds me to commit an oft-pondered point to the tender embrace of the blog, namely:

'If the whole point of Free Schools, academies, curriculum changes, freeing this, deregulating that and so on is to introduce a proper market-based education system where us parents are expected to weigh up and choose on the basis of what establishment offers us the best deal, surely you'd want to sell this via the offices of someone recognisably skilled in modern salesmanship and communication practices, rather than a ghastly array of pop-eyed freaks like Birbalsingh and Gove?  Or is Toby Young the acceptable human face?'

File under 'things that pop into the head when you wake up screaming at 3am at the sheer horror of it all'.