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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 AvatarJohn Marriott 26th Nov - 8:35am
    A friend of mine has sent me an 'amusing' caption yesterday. Sorry if some of you serious contributors think that now is not the time...
  • User AvatarHelen Dudden 26th Nov - 8:15am
    Does this situation mean you have an excessive amount of housing? Does it mean your NHS is not struggling? I believe in cut backs at...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 26th Nov - 8:15am
    Question: When is a U turn not a U turn? Answer: When you have no effective opposition.
  • User AvatarKirsten johnson 26th Nov - 8:11am
    Thanks, Tim, for this article. Yes, we need a holistic, comprehensive approach to a problem which permeates all levels of society. If we, as Lib...
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 26th Nov - 7:18am
    Reminds me of why so many people in Birmingham now boycott HP Sauce.
  • User AvatarRichard 26th Nov - 6:20am
    I think the Association of Colleges are saying it could be much worse. Having your core funding rate protected in cash terms means that it...