And those schools are only now "independent" (nationalised) because they have been made to be, the better to enrich sponsors who award all contracts to companies owned by themselves, send the entire bills to the taxpayer, and then make gigantic contributions to the Conservative Party. One of those sponsors has just been made a Peer of the Realm and an Education Minister. As over the expenses of his nominal boss, Michael Gove, and of his colleague, David Laws, no arrests are expected.
The ability of Labour central government to defecate on its own party's municipal base is the stuff of legend. Direct control of schools in "partnership" with the commercial Shadow State would suit Stephen Twigg down to the ground. The Blairites always wanted to do it. Gove, himself a Blairite, now has.
Twigg is notable only for having removed Michael Portillo from Parliament. He himself went on to lose that seat in 2005, so he had to be parachuted into Liverpool in 2010. He doubtless does the most hilarious Scouse accent at parties, telling everyone to calm down. Mind you, if Peter Mandelson can do the famously inimitable Hartlepool accent, then I really will be impressed.