No we haven't turned into a bad episode of the Sweeney.
An interesting little exchange occurs:
"Graham Badman: When you have a strong partnership between schools, authorities should not be afraid to use their powers of direction. We can direct admissions where there are special educational needs or looked-after children, and I do. That applies to Academies as well.
Q179 Paul Holmes: Surely you cannot direct admissions to Academies. You can ask them to take the children; you cannot direct them.
Graham Badman: Under the new code, they would find it very hard to refuse the admission of a looked-after child, for example.
Q180 Paul Holmes: None the less, even under the new code, you cannot direct Academies. You can ask but not direct, whereas you can direct mainstream schools.
Graham Badman: Well, please do not tell them in that case."
Fast forward to October 2009 and we find Mr Badman writing to the Select Committee to apologise for providing them with incorrect information.
Hmm, is it just me, or is this providing of incorrect information becoming something of a habit? Rather like his habit of creating expensive and unnecessary schemes.
Incidentally, I wonder when Home Educators can expect their apology for all the slanderous and misleading statistics and comments Mr Badman has made. My feeling is that it will be a very snowy day in hell, but I'm happy to be mistaken.