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Raining on Tony's Parade.

Brown to attack Blair's education 'failures' | Uk News | News | Telegraph

Tony Blair has failed to deliver a "world class" education system despite massive extra investment in schools during his decade in power, Gordon Brown will say today.

Further distancing himself from the Prime Minister's record, the Chancellor will describe numeracy rates among young children as "unacceptable" for one of the world's leading economies. "We are still some way off being world class," the Chancellor will say as he turns to schools policy on the latest leg of his campaign for the Labour leadership.

"It is unacceptable that we still have 150,000 children leaving primary school who aren't numerate.

And on the other side of town...

Blair begins farewell tour | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics

Tony Blair took off on a whistlestop cross-country tour today for a first farewell flourish to mark his decade at Number 10.

As Gordon Brown was busy forging ahead with his Labour leadership campaign, the outgoing prime minister highlighted his achievements after 10 years in office.

With 23 days to go until he leaves Downing Street following his resignation announcement last Thursday, Mr Blair started his long goodbye by lauding the changes in education made during his tenure.

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Just a friendly wave each morning, helps to make a better day.
Neighbours, need to get to know each other, next day is only a footstep away.

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Neighbours, should be there for one another.
That's when good neighbours become good friends...

I wonder if Gordon will stay on Tony's Christmas card list?


Clear off Gordon.

Where does he think we think he's been these past ten years? Twiddling his thumbs? No, he's been balls deep in government all that time. Does he think we're daft? Who are his electorate anyway? "Psst, Labour party members and old skool unions." Oh, I see.

Brown's chutzpah really is a source of wonderment. If there is a single unifying element running through the Government's failure to deliver genuine public service reform it is the baleful presence of one G. Brown. Right from the get-go he put the kibosh on Frank Field's attempts to define the debate about what a modern public sector should look like. Any meaningful reform would have meant the decimation (at least) of his army of supplicants, and that is something Brown would never countenance. The sheer bloody-minded cheek of the man is mind-boggling. No wonder they call him McCavity the Mystery Cat.

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