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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 AvatarLorenzo 11th Feb - 12:03am
    Thomas yes , I agree but was questioning the level of support and not wondering in what way we could monopolise things , by any...
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    Ruth -doesn't your example illustrate the flawed reasoning here however? Men make up 20% of Primary Teachers not because they are discriminated against when applying...
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    Chris_sh - Horse-trading is just a rude word for negotiation and compromise, which are essential for adult politics. It works well when parties have a...
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    Caron Lindsay 10th Feb '16 - 10:40pm No, inbetween.
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    The process is accelerating. Sir Winston Churchill thought that referendums were undemocratic, the sort of thing that Mussolini would do. Edward Heath thought the same...
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    Can I just say to @tpfkar that the Holyrood and Welsh Assembly elections are NOT local elections. They are our general election.