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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


An expensive form of baby-sitting

Ruth Kelly's statement yesterday about the extension of school hours reinforces my view that the chief function of the state school system is child-minding rather than education.

Apart from that, Jonathan Calder makes some
perceptive comments in his Liberal England blog. I wish I could share Mary Reid's optimism but I fear the government's motives are cynical and economistic.

We are not as affluent as we think. The unimaginative response by Liberal Democrat spokesman Ed Davey (referred to by Jonathan) suggests that the Lib Dems need to do some more profound thinking about the sort of society we have become and wish to be.

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