Health repercussions of the Harman caseBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.272b (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:272
- John Warden
Harriet Harman, the shadow health secretary, was asked recently if Labour's future health policy would come in one big bang or in a series of little bangs. Neatly she replied that it would be a series of big bangs. But not even she was prepared for the big bang that exploded a week later.
The detonator was Ms Harman's decision to enrol her 11 year old son at a grammar school which, although in the state sector, operates selective entry. For parents caught in the educational rat race of south east England a grammar school place is the next best thing to winning the lottery. But for a Labour party member it is also heresy to defy the …