Dear David 55,
PLEASE DON'T SHOUT! It makes the message so much harder to read.
I disagree with the abolition of grammars. My mixed grammar school was merged with the secondary girls school next door back in 1976. However, this was by a Conservative County Council under a Conservative government policy.
Back then in the days of much less tutoring, the intake was of very mixed social classes - based on academic ability, not ability to pay. My class had the children of doctors, architects... and a crane driver, building labourer, plasterers; we were a very mixed bunch, but all got on well. It gave the chance for any child who was bright to get an appropriate education.
Now not all Tory supporters liked this. Some were moderately well off (not well enough to pay for Private), but not academically bright, and called for comprehensive education so they didn't have the embarrassment of not going to the 'best' school in the area.
So I'm not sure that grammars will do any better under a Conservative government that a Labour one. And I have no idea what the Lib Dems currently think.
Now locally to me, the Conservative parliamentary candidates son passed the 11+ this year, so I imagine he'll be supporting the school (especially as he's just been put onto the board of governors for the school), whereas the labour sitting MP is pretty anti-grammar. But I wouldn't bet on that nationally.
I do belong to a political party, but I don't follow the party line for education. All I can say is please make sure that person who is likely to win in your next Westminster election knows why grammars are important. These people are quite approachable (especially if you've got a bottle of wine in your hand), and do listen. And they all want your vote (which you don't have to give to them just because they help you