"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 3 May 2010

Live: Education Debate

Andrew Neil and Mike Baker, an "education specialist", were today's inquisitors and they put questions to Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Schools; Michael Gove, shadow Sec of State for Schools; and David Laws, LibDem Schools Spokesman.  Education is a devolved matter (*sigh* to Wales, N.Ireland, Scotland) so the matters discussed only affect "the regions").

It was so wonderful I'm afraid I dozed off and missed most of it (hence the late post) but here are the main policies:

Conservative: allow teachers, parents & charities to set up new, smaller schools; allow all schools to seek Academy freedoms; offer international exams in state schools; extra money for schools taking the poorest children; enhance prestige of teachers; gtive teachers the power to search, restrain & expel disruptive children.  Gove should stop that 'sniffy thing' he does with his nose - it looks more like a psychological tic than anything physical.

Labour: increase frontline spending; guarantee extra tuition for children falling behind; strengthen discipline measures; 15hrs free nursery for 3 and 4 year-olds; guaranteed education ortraining until 18; give parents new powers over school leadership.  Balls stumbled three times in his opening statement.

LibDems:  reform Academy management; £2.5bn for schools that admit poorer pupils; more flexibility within the curriculum; create a General Diploma; scrap university tuition fees over 6yrs; scrap the target of 50% going to university.

The videos, about 43mins in all, are courtesy of The Daily Politics
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Tomorrow it's the immigration debate so we can look forward to Phil Woolas making an @rse of himself. Nigel Farage of UKIP will also be taking part.


  1. Thanks for airing this, GV. I kind've assumed that the Daily wouldn't be airing today!

    BTW, I love your blog. Salt of the earth, GV!

  2. You're welcome, Fausty. Thanks for your kind comment - slightly out of left-field and an expression I haven't heard in ages :-)


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