FErret

26th June 2009 at 01:00

All but the kitchen sink

An apology. Last week, FErret dubbed Kevin Brennan, the new further education minister, the "minister for kitchen sinks" due to his wide- ranging brief, which brings together apprenticeships, skills, FE and consumer affairs.

New evidence has come to light in the form of the official expenses publication that suggests this was inappropriate. It shows perfectly legitimate expenditure on a stainless steel toaster, flat-screen TV and biscuit tins - but no kitchen sink.

However, one purchase reveals that no one need worry too much about the minister having to hot-desk between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. His office expenses reveal that last year he apparently (some details are blacked out) claimed for a Pounds 1,400 Apple MacBook Air, the world's thinnest laptop. That should make his journeys between offices a little easier.

Life - not as we know it

And so to the controversial topic of immigration and a plan to house 240 eastern European agricultural workers in the Lincolnshire village of Wrangle, which has caused ructions.

The 240 agricultural workers are, according to the Daily Express, to be placed by farm owners in 41 caravans on a site featuring "college campus- style" recreation.

Recreation? What world are these people living in? Even the pool table for the students is a thing of the past in many colleges.

The workers will have to sneak off to smoke some dope in the park instead.

On the other hand, perhaps it is the staff's lifestyle they are referring to, and in their spare time the unfortunate Romanians and Bulgarians will be forced to mark students' work, prepare lessons and fill in paperwork.

Of course, if they really want to create the authentic "college campus- style" atmosphere, the best way would be to withdraw funding at the last minute and leave the whole place as a building site.

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