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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 AvatarCaron Lindsay 1st Apr - 11:25pm
    @Mathew Thanks from that local insight. I've copied your comment into the main post because I thought it was relevant.
  • User AvatarRichard Duncalf 1st Apr - 10:55pm
    Best wishes Adrian and to your campaign in Vauxhall.
  • User AvatarSesenco 1st Apr - 10:47pm
    The Sheffield Hallam poll is the most successful April Fool's joke of the day. Prior to 1997, Sheffield Hallam was a safe Tory seat. It...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Apr - 10:40pm
    ... and one from the Mark Pack collection: http://www.markpack.org.uk/130605/watch-tim-farrons-superb-video-on-why-people-should-vote-liberal-democrat/ This one demonstrates the difference between liberal Centrism and Liberal Democracy. One is OK-ish but bland...
  • User AvatarSimon Foster 1st Apr - 10:29pm
    I worked with Neil in 1997 when we won Oxford West and Abingdon then, and was in the Abingdon HQ when I heard about this...
  • User AvatarJennie 1st Apr - 10:29pm
    Thanks Neil. I'll go away now.
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