The white paper is not for discussion
The comments on the white paper are valid but as Roger Titcombe has said, there is no effective opposition. And we cannot rely on Mumsnet to do it Roger - it needs an unprecedented political campaign.
A few immediate points to set the background. Firstly, readers should revisit the blog by Ruth McGinity on March 2nd. It flew under the radar. Drs McGinity and Courtney have grasped the essential point. This is a totalitarian regime, and not just on education. Secondly, the decisions are made behind closed doors. I refer to Melissa's response on 17th.October 2012 noting Gibb was Hirschian but "Gibb has gone" though his ideas have not. Gibb never went away. Laws, his replacement, was merely window dressing. And now he is back. Thirdly, Gibb understands the basis of the current paradigm. In his speech to ASCL on 27th April, he extolled the Callaghan speech at Ruskin in 1976 as the foundation of the current paradigm.
Yes and no. The paradigm started then, but Callaghan could not see what was coming. On October 15th SOSS with Ruskin is staging a conference on the 40th anniversary, hopefully LSN can attend. But immediately we need to grasp the fundamental point. The White Paper has 40 years of momentum behind it. It will not be stopped by the current methods.
We do need a game changer.