Tag Archives: building schools for the future

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

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , , , , and | 45 Comments

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.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 6 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDJ 24th Apr - 7:53pm
    So Tory backbenchers and Tory frontbenchers who wanted to feed their personal ambition (along with the more brash Tories who temporarily joined UKIP) were main...
  • User AvatarTom C 24th Apr - 7:32pm
    The article states its case with force and clarity. Tim Farron's lack of agility in dealing with the issue is worrying, though. Make no mistake...
  • User AvatarDavid Cooper 24th Apr - 6:57pm
    @Robin Grayson This is a national tax, not a local tax. It is better than increasing income tax (which is undesirable since it reduces the...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 24th Apr - 6:42pm
    Jennie, I've changed it to same sex marriage, but I do think the term equal marriage is justified because that is what LGBT+ Lib Dems...
  • User AvatarGeoff Crocker 24th Apr - 6:32pm
    I wasn't talking about the LD Party in Russia but about a generic liberal democratic agenda. Data on average per capita income, the effect of...
  • User AvatarRobin Grayson 24th Apr - 6:29pm
    Great idea! Can the new Mayors progress it?