It remains the case that, despite the reservations about private capital rescuing the public services for company profit, educational requirements remain in the driving seat. As Alan Blackie, president of the Association of Directors of Education, made clear from the experience of his East Lothian scheme, PPP is - or ought to be - about education.
There are signs of progress. The Executive has addressed union staff grievances. And there is now a national standard PPP contract for schools. The remaining issue is how value for money stacks up and here, too, there is action: the Executive is to help market test Argyll and Bute's alternative non-profit approach next year. For once, ministers deserve congratulations.