And what a difference.
Bishop Hill puts it this way:
This was one very passionate lady - there was an intensity to her that at times verged on the frightening.Well, I wasn't frightened: I was delighted with this performance.
Birbalsingh told us that the reason that the country is run by Old Etonians isn't so much to do with an old boys network but because they receive an excellent education. And how she wanted the same for "her kids". It was clear that Katharine didn't especially enjoy being a media star - it doesn't pay very much for a start! - but just wanted to get back into teaching.
Let's hope that her planned "free school" is one of those few that get the go ahead.
Needless-to-say, the real solution is to privatise all schools.
Apart from one useful idiot questioner the audience seemed to be entirely on Birbalsingh's side.