Tory Education Reforms - The Tory Problem
Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, said funding parents to start their own "free schools" would threaten the budgets of other local schools.
That is a benefit, not a problem.
He said he was not against choice in education, but warned his party must guard against what he called "destructive" rather than "constructive" competition.
And he calls himself a Tory? Competition is always destructive, creative destruction is the engine of improvement...
(A) councillor who runs education services in another Conservative authority in one of England's cities, but who does not want to be named, says he "is not a fan of the free schools policy".
He points out if parents were able to set up free schools in his area - a city with a growing population - it would make strategic planning a nightmare for him.
Excellent - maybe he should get another job then, and hopefully the whole waste that is council strategic planning could wither on the vine.
Can the Tories actually deliver a badly needed radical shake-up of the education system when their own councillors are going to act as roadblocks?