Belfast Telegraph columnist Eric Waugh gave ample warning in Sept 2006 of what would happen if Ministers persisted with ideological school reforms. This prediction occured long before Caitriona Ruane appeared on the scene.

I suspect I have a knowledge of the native psyche which is rather deeper than that which the Secretary of State and his advisers have had the opportunity to absorb. So I would advise them that decisions of this kind – the bigoted intention to defy the popular will and steamroller the destruction of the Northern Ireland grammar schools is another – and may well prove counter-productive.

For the devious machinations of Peter Hain’s administration could produce anger rather than compliance.

Just insert today’s date and Ruane’s name. Voila a new prediction.

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