I would think that Nick and Miriam are deciding which is the best school for their son- not "shall we go Private or State?" They are also deciding someones life- not their own. They cannot say to their child in years to come"We could have sent you to what we thought was a better school, but it wasn't the right thing to do- politically". Mr Fawcett; I believe that the cycle of well off people buying a head start for their children is wrong, but I would not sacrifice my child's future trying to prove it-would you?
Well we took the conscious decision to send our eldest to the local state primary school, even though it was in special measures at the time, because we (and a few other parents we knew) thought it was important to support our community school. But then I don't buy this line that sending children to a local state school equates to 'sacrificing my child's future'. It just means she gets the same education as most other children. And if Nick does believe that then why the hell isn't he urgently doing more about it?