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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 AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:46pm
    Interesting, and I agree that if the diagnosis is wrong it will be difficult to apply the right prescription. However, some interesting polling information https://twitter.com/LordAshcroft/status/746284427165184000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw...
  • User Avatartonyhill 29th Jun - 8:25pm
    I have always understood that free movement between this country and the Irish Republic was agreed as part of the independence deal in 1926 (?)...
  • User AvatarDerek Campbell 29th Jun - 8:03pm
    @ Peter Watson As it happens the BBC pondered this very issue recently http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36527069
  • User AvatarSpencer Hagard 29th Jun - 8:00pm
    Duncan - Thank you. Yes, of course, unless there is persistent polling evidence that UKIP is heading for 50% of the UK seats for, say...
  • User AvatarJohn Underwood 29th Jun - 7:49pm
    Thank you Betty. I have been longing for more people to point out the advisory nature of a referendum. Unless the referendum enabling act says...
  • User AvatarJen 29th Jun - 7:48pm
    Clegg [...] expressing scorn at those who worked hard to win support in deprived areas as just gaining “protest votes”, or as the leading Cleggie...