Quddus’s story was inspiring because it was unspun truth

COMMENT: Our public services can only take so much

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Party conferences these days are turning into a launching pad for the politikids.

Last week we had 16-year-old Rory Weal (son of a millionaire property developer) extolling the virtues of the welfare state when his family had nothing left but a £300,000 substantial semi.

This week it was the turn of 17-year-old Quddus Akinwale to inform delegates how his life had been transformed when his failing inner city school was turned into a flagship academy.

It meant he had avoided the depredations of the gang culture and now harboured hopes of becoming an engineer. His story was genuinely inspiring because it contained that vital component so unfamiliar to many politicians of any age – the unspun truth.

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