I knew that this would happen. Knew it.
Tony Blair couldn't get the abolition of Local Education Authorities past a Labour Party that was full of councillors.
And David Cameron was never going to get the abolition of Local Education Authorities past a Conservative Party that was full of councillors.
The Westminster Village think tank teenagers need to get out more.
But I am not necessarily delighted to write this.
The third generation, sixth term, right-wing (if at all political) Labour machines in local government are no better than the Liberal Establishment in London and the universities, with its precious BBC.
The Left ought to have done a deal with the Tories on academies, without reference to those machines.
It still ought to do a deal with the Tories on the new BBC structure, without reference to that Establishment.