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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 Roffey 2nd Oct - 11:13am
    Yes - Matt, that would be the ideal - however the temptation to make more bizarre suggestions springs from the fact that there seems little...
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    Two years ago, I would have understood this article. Today, with the economy growing - more strongly than other major economies, unemployment plummeting, and the...
  • User Avatarmatt 2nd Oct - 10:51am
    It is to late to sack Nick now that will just be seen as pure desperation in the electorates eyes. You can't hide Nick away...
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    Frank Booth: in terms of preference perhaps people are judging not solely on how much they agree with a particular person but how competent they...
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    "But how many Tories would now prefer a coalition with UKIP? Most, by a large majority, I believe" Actualy the BBC asked that very question...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 2nd Oct - 10:48am
    Indeed. Something inside of me dies every time I hear Nick talking about how the Coalition has introduced the family income thing for foreign spouses.