June 25, 2003
"Labour has dramatically lost its reputation with voters for improving schools and education ..."

Proof that Brian's Education Blog is changing the world. From today's Guardian:

Labour has dramatically lost its reputation with voters for improving schools and education in the past three months, according to the results of the June Guardian/ICM opinion poll.

Back in March, when the Guardian carried out its annual public services survey, education was the only area where the voters said they could see real improvements coming through. But the results of this month's ICM survey show that the impact of the schools funding crisis and the row over tuition fees has led to a sudden loss of confidence in the government's record on education.

The poll records a dramatic swing in its net rating on schools and education from plus two points to minus 17.

Well, to be a bit more serious, this could mean one of two things. It could mean that the public now hates the government because it realises that its entire approach – throw money at everything, and use the threat not to throw money at any particular educator if he disobeys the latest central and centralising edict-of-the-week is doomed to fail. Or it could merely mean that the public believes that chucking money about is the answer, but that the government is horrid because it is a little bit reluctant to do this, on account of money not growing on trees – while the public still thinks money does grow on trees. A lot of the latter I fear.

But what can you do? The public mostly went to these damn government schools in the first place.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 12:27 PM
Category: Politics
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