"People who send their children to private school have been so stigmatised that they have been made to feel their decision is 'tantamount to treason', a leading headteacher claimed last night.
"Andrew Grant, chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, said politicians and other critics of the fee-paying system should be grateful for the money parents are saving for the state sector.
"And he added that without them 'Britain would not have enough officers to lead its army.' "
And they say the old class divisions no longer apply.
BTW, the conference is taking place in Liverpool. So, any mention of this in the Daily Ghost or Oldham Echo? (Surfs both wretched websites, groans at the c-list celeb/charidee "stories", navigates past obligatory "Merseypride" piece, notes Peel Holdings' puff-piece, sighs as Denise Fergus is wheeled out again to denounce a play she hasn't seen.........tumbleweed.)
Nope, not a dicky bird. Must have been mislaid on the news editor's desk, eh?