Opponents of enhanced parental choice [in education], such as Mr Balls [the Schools Secretary], say what most parents want is for their local school to be a good school. That is the ideal situation but, as Lib Dem education spokesman David Laws has noted, that is an aspiration, not a policy. A policy requires a mechanism for making it happen. Parental choice through a voucher scheme is precisely such a mechanism. A continuation of commandments from Mr Balls is not.

- Patrick O'Flynn hits the nail on the head in the Daily Express.