Over on ConservativeHome the defeat of the hell-bound over faith schools focuses on the role of Cornerstone’s headbanging gang. No mention of Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, who said the quota plan was “unacceptable” and fronted the Catholic uprising against the government.
So who do you think featured first in Alan Johnson’s calculations? John Hayes’ little clique, or millions of Catholic voters in Labour seats? The quota plan was supported by Cameron and originally advanced by a Tory, Lord Baker. The defeat is as much a defeat for the Conservatives as it is for Johnson.