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Thanks for giving way. That is where the Member is mistaken. The parents or the children do not select the schools; the schools select the children on the basis that they are the cream of the crop. That is what academic selection is about.
Yes, I will.
Of course, I would never challenge the authority of the Speaker. However, when we talk about change in these debates, it is important to contextualise the situation that needs to be changed. Of course, Mr Storey has a particular perspective, and I have a different perspective. We will agree to disagree on that. The difficulty is this: even if children had been integrated since the foundation...
Sinn Féin MLA for Belfast West
Entered the Assembly on 7 December 2010 — appointed
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