Betters buttere;Diary;News and opinion

10th December 1999 at 00:00
LABOUR'S buttering up of city technology colleges and specialist schools - you'll recall David Blunkett's warm congratulations on their GCSE results a couple of weeks back - has finally been rewarded. Sort of.

Sir Cyril Taylor, CTC cheerleader-in-chief, has taken to describing himself as "an old former Tory and now a sort of neutral". Indeed, his gratitude towards Blunkett as he welcomed him as chair to the Technology Colleges Trust's annual conference dinner recently was fulsome.

"David," he gushed, "may I be so bold as to say that you are one of the greatest friends we have ... You took a very good Conservative policy and made it into a better Labour one."

Heady praise from a man who was knighted by Thatcher, deputy leader of the Tories on the GLC under Heath, and midwife to the whole CTC programme under Ken Baker.

The Education Secretary should know, however, that once he was safely back in his constituency, Cyril was reminding delegates that three-quarters of their sponsors were also Tory party donors.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now