Labour held a press conference this morning, which was hosted by Douglas Alexander and Ed Balls. The focus of their attack was Tory education policy.
Unsurprisingly, the Labour Ministers suggested that ONLY a Labour Government would offer a "future fair" to your children. ... But to reassure viewers that today's conference was not ALL about attacking the opposition, Douglas Alexander announced that Labour would be revealing it's own families policy tomorrow morning. This assurance was short-lived, and it was straight on to bashing the Tories.
Mr Balls attacked the Tories for failing to promise FREE nursery places for 3 and 4 year-olds - instead introducing a nursery top-up fee.
Mr Balls warned that if the tories were to deliver on their promise to build new schools in some areas, other school budgets would suffer greatly. He described Mr Cameron as "deeply dishonestly" promising things that he shouldn't.
The phrase that kept cropping up was the Conservatives "Free-Market schools".
Mr Balls further warned that schools would suffer disproportionate budget cuts to fund the Conservatives £6Bn of efficiency savings.
He asked two questions of Mr Cameron and Mr Gove;
1. Where will the money come from for their new free-market schools if it is not going to come from cutting other school budgets in the area?
2. Will they match Labour's promise that schools budgets will rise by 2.1% each year, for the next 3 years?
Then it was our turn to ask questions. I asked Mr Alexander whether it can ever be right on moral grounds for a party without the highest number of seats in a hung parliament situation, with the third highest percentage vote to form a Government.
Mr Alexander answered a different question. I THINK the question HE answered was what do Labour think about Nick Clegg. I tried bringing him back to the question I asked and he said,
"Will you let me give the answer I'm going to give you?"
He continued answering a question he had asked himself. At the conclusion of his (very long) answer to a question he was never asked, I said,
"Sir, you've answered a different question, would you answer the question I actually asked you?"
He picked someone else, and so I continued,
"No? Obviously not!
The public will draw their own conclusions!
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