A few weeks ago I wrote about taking part in a Cambridge Union debate, proposing the motion: ‘This house wants to bring back grammar schools’.

The debate was filmed and is now available to watch. It’s worth it not least to hear Christian Owen, a first-year history student at Trinity College who stepped in to replace Sir Graham Brady at the last minute, make his cogent plea for the type of schooling that had given his family their break in life.

The motion was rejected, but given the abstentions, it was not with an overall majority. I believe it reflected the persuasive case we (Christian, Simon Heffer and myself) made for grammar schools in face of years of institutionalised Leftist hostility towards them. I leave you to judge:

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