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5 points on Clegg’s admission that Coalition was wrong to cut capital spending

Nick Clegg in DublinNick Clegg has sparked a flurry of excitement with his admission in an interview for The House magazine that the Coalition cut capital spending ‘too far, too fast’ to coin a phrase. Here’s what he said to Paul Waugh and Sam Macrory:

“If I’m going to be sort of self-critical, there was this reduction in capital spending when we came into the Coalition Government. I think we comforted ourselves at the time that it was actually no more than what Alistair Darling spelt out

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Opinion: BSF is dead – thank goodness‏

With the Conference season now upon us and with Labour preparing to crown their new Leader it seems appropriate that we lay to rest the myth that BSF (Building Schools for the Future) was some great effective scheme. In fact it was a bureaucratic joke with too few beneficiaries and huge expensive processes. The Liberal Democrat Conference is a good chance to cheer and toast the end of BSF and focus on education and pupils and real improvements.

It was 2005 and the local elections in London were scheduled for 2006. It was clear, we were clear, parents were clear, that there was a need for additional secondary school places in north west London in the Borough of Camden. The case for more places in the south of the Borough was also compelling – the campaign for a school ‘south of the Euston Road’ was pretty noisy and indeed compelling. And yet Camden Council had got itself to a place whereby it looked inactive, unable to articulate a more pro-active vision and lacking the political leadership to secure a new school.

I remember very clearly the conversation in Cllr Keith Moffitt’s front room in West Hampstead about the need for a new school.

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  • User AvatarLiberal Neil 20th Aug - 5:20pm
    Most of the points put forward by Denis in the article and in the comment by John Barrett are perfectly reasonable. If people currently on...
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    the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a good expression of what mid-20th century liberals believed to be universal rights and values And 'British values'...
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    Thanks Tony Hill, as you say, I think a feeling of lack of power and injustice is something to do with it and we should...
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    It is silly to condemn the Better Together campaign for being negative. It exists to oppose a bad idea and ensure that it is voted...
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    Moving away from the Islamic State debate to the Scottish State. With Federalism not an option in the September 18th referendum and Westminster unlikely to...