Tuesday, 28 September 2010

You Can't Trust The LibDems On Education

Before the general election Sarah Teather hailed the Lib Dems as the only opposition to academies and branded the Tories' free schools programme a "shambles."

Of course, that was then and this is now.

The recent LibDem Party Conference, in a scathing attack on a key LibDem/Conservative coalition policy, agreed that the schools were "socially divisive, detrimental to special needs pupils and a financial drain on comprehensives".

However, in a complete U-turn, the now Schools Minister Sarah Teather said that her party conference could decide what it liked, but only ministers made policy and that the Academies and Free Schools programme would go ahead.

She probably could have answered her own party conference in fewer words - it sounded like just two.

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