Fireworks are out;Diary

5th March 1999 at 00:00
IN A shocking outburst of honesty, QCA boss Bill Stubbs offers an insight into why his authority's profile is low enough for Michael Barber to reassure Nick Tate it's not worth disbanding.

Bill's eagerly-awaited interview by long-time QCA critic Alan Smithers finally appears in the latest Parliamentary Brief, (the in-house magazine for political junkies) and while Alan asks lots of tricky questions about NVQs and testing, he gets the most revealing response from a softball closing question about the role of the authority.

The QCA, Bill believes, should be "reliable" and "sensible", a "source of good advice".

"I don't think the QCA should be seen as a source of revolutionary ideas which burst as bright stars on the world," he says.

Don't worry, Bill. It isn't.

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