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Katherine Shonfield

Last Saturday David Blunkett was widely reported to have declared the 'school run' responsible for one-third of all polluting traffic on the roads. He, like many others, thinks bikes, buses and walking are the answer. Yippee. Does he propose wiping out this problem at a stroke by providing schools worthy of the name within walking distance of all? Sorry, no. In the education secretary's world, the abysmal apology for schooling generally on offer has nothing to do with why people should ...

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