I am all for this legal action. Mike, I suspect few people will be willing to reveal their true thoughts on this one since to a large extent posters will be revealing a political view and most will (probably correctly) judge that doing so it not wise.
My OP viewtopic.php?f=31&t=15897
was listed in order to draw out what others think. It received no comments beyond the obvious: that it cited an article about the Charity Commission from a year ago in the time of the now defunct Labour Government.
I had hoped the fact that the article drew attention to the contradictory stance of that government: on the one hand they disapprove of 'private' schools on the other their so called "public benefit" (lawyers speak and manipulation (spin) if ever there was) test requiring schools to provide more bursaries and thereby widen participation, would provoke discussion. All it produced was a similar remark to your own. I see no evidence to suggest the issue has gone away, nor that this Coalition led by Cameron, who may well yet prove to be more of a liability to his party (and education) than an asset, will undo or change how the commission behaves - despite reassurances to the contrary. I did not post the other complemantary link which illustrated perfectly what a corrosively destructive effect the Charity's ruling has had on small schools. If the Charity is encouraged and supported to take a similar stance in the future it can only have a terminal effect on such schools. As a direct consequence fees will rise, paradoxically making them even more out-of-reach to the average child, because the scools have no other sourch of revenue.
For me an "institution" founded for the sole purpose of providing education is intrinsically worthy of charitable status.
Lyscom is quite right when he says, "Charitable status gives tax breaks to independent schools, but Mr Lyscom said it was not about money, but about protecting their not-for-profit educational ethos."
The public benefit test is an absurdly nihilistic action of a politically perverse state.
(I have edited this .. hope it makes better sence than originally, as I am trying to teach youngest dd how to make a roux and go on to cook an edible lunch!!!)