I won't be calling for Ruth Kelly's head. Yesterday the Mail on Sunday revealed that a Cabinet Minister with connections to the Education Department was sending her child to a private school. Today the Daily Mirror has named Ruth Kelly as the cabinet Minister. She is paying £15,000 a year for her child to go to a school that apparently specialises in educating children with dyslexia.
This government has closed many special needs schools and slashed the resources from others in the mistaken belief that these children are better off being included in normal schools. That may be right for some, but not all.
I don't blame Ruth Kelly for doing what is best for her child. That's what any responsible parent would do. But she should answer this question: what would someone do if they didn't have the financial resources to pay £15,000 to a prep school? She would also have been wiser to have released this information herself. She must have known it would emerge in the end. These things always do.
So yes, on the face of it she's guilty of hypocrisy. But it's not a resigning issue.