Farsighted Ken looks to the Fens

9th September 2005 at 01:00
You've go to hand it to Ken Livingstone. Not only has he returned as London's most controversial politician, he's even got designs on one of his old GLC responsibilities - education. Well, the post-16 bit anyway.

With his London Development Agency taking an interest in colleges, some fear it wants to replace the Learning and Skills Council as the controller of post-16 funding in the capital.

But do his ambitions stop there? A look at the LDA's website shows the homepage carries a picture, not of central London but looking east over the outer reaches of London into the far distance, though the smog towards a place called England.

Does he intend to expand his territory? Or were his web page designers daydreaming about a better life, away from Ken's congestion charging utopia, in sleepy East Anglia?

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