A silly row has broken out about free schools. Odd this, as there are not really enough of them to have a row about, compared with maintained schools or even academies. Mr Clegg (pbuh, I think) has seemed to have a long hard look at the free schools that exist already and then carefully and with much thought selected the exact wrong end of the stick. Free schools apparently should not be so free that they can choose their own curriculum, nor feed their protégés food that is less than wonderful nor employ teachers that are unqualified. Otherwise, heaven forfend, they might be mistaken for private schools. So the DfE has wheeled out Liz Truss to defend the policy, say how well they are doing and how passionately the Lib Dem schools minister David Laws is behind the free school policy. All this in the week of the fiasco at al-Madinah and Pimlico Primary.
Today, by the way, this was the top story on the BBC. Within the past 24 hours, 37 people were murdered by “Islamic” extremists in a café in Baghdad, with 40 injured, and another 30 murdered by other “Islamic” extremists in a suicide bomb attack in Hama in central Syria.
Mr Clegg, put the toys away in a box, and talk about important stuff, please.