Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary, was  on mischievous form recently at the Spectators Education conference. He attacked the governments Free schools policy as both wasteful and shambolic . But he also   took great pleasure  in winding up the Spectator’s Editor,  Fraser Nelson,   by  using quotes from the  Economist to support Labours education policies. ( slender on the ground at present)) He also  dug up  a quote from Joseph Addison, the co- founder of the Spectator, which  rather beautifully articulates the importance of education.

“I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shews none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it.” Joseph Addison –November 1711-  Co-Founder of the Spectator


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