I found some human interest in this story of a self-righteously egalitarian English politician worried about her son’s education: Abbott says son’s school decision is indefensible.
The problem with egalitarianism is that it destroys all good things, or at least most of them. Good things are usually particular and local and relative to the capacity of the recipient to find them or bring them about, and to make use of them. Often they are gifts—that’s the meaning of the word “grace.” Usually some luck is involved. The result is that if you say they all have to be equal for everyone you’re mostly saying they can’t exist.
Diane Abbott, a member of something parliamentary called the Socialist Campaign Group, has in effect been saying that for years. She found she couldn’t stomach it in her son’s case and sent him to private school. When called on her decision she admitted her conduct was indefensible, which does credit to her honesty, but kept her son at the school, which does credit to her humanity.
Unfortunately, the article suggests she’s attempting to soften the contradiction by pleading special circumstances. I hope she can find some other way to make sense of her situation—for example, by accepting that the campaign of the Left to make life a controlled and self-consistent system doesn’t make sense.