NHS victory

21st January 2000 at 00:00
The Times

Health has won the spending argument over education

IN 1997, when Tony Blair won an election having promised that "education, education, education" would be his priorities, his concerns were shared by voters. MORI polls showed schools and education tying with the NHS as the most important issues facing Britain.

But anxiety about education has since dwindled,compared with health. The NHS now leads by a clear 10 points.

David Blunkett, the Education Secretary, has been a victim of his own success. He has already managed to produce improvements in results by changing teachers' attitudes and practices. Now he looks set to lose the public spending argument to Alan Milburn, the Health Secretary.

Mary Ann Sieghart, Friday


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