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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 AvatarRichard Dean 23rd Oct - 9:32am
    The "central point" of this article has been challenged by a number of commentators, so I don't see why Rabi should complain that it hasn't....
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Oct - 9:29am
    When we review the party constitution next year (first I heard of it, maybe because I was entitled to go to Glasgow and vote, but...
  • User Avatarrobert sayer 23rd Oct - 9:26am
    John Dunn. ignores the outlandish and brazen misinformation expressed by some in his party(including its leader) and attempts to sanitize it But as I said...
  • User AvatarRichard Fagence 23rd Oct - 9:21am
    I usually agree with the remarks made by Helen Tadcastle but, on this occasion, I'm afraid we have to disagree. I shall be casting my...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 23rd Oct - 9:18am
    There are some important perceptions here, and I speak as someone who was out in the constituency most days. What we need to do, though,...
  • User AvatarJohn Kelly 23rd Oct - 9:01am
    What's the date of the conference and where is it being held?