Spin over substance
TWO bright ideas and a glib stunt.
There is much to applaud in the proposals. Less welcome, however, is the pound;35 million scheme to offer budding working-class "Billy Elliots" after-school classes in dance, drama and music so that they can experience cultural opportunities similar to those taken for granted in many middle-class homes.This hardly seems a prority, given the effort that will be needed to raise basic academic standards, ease the serious shortage of skilled labour, and redress the woeful neglect of team sport.
Indeed, the crude attempt to associate the initiative with the fleeting success of a popular film seems simply another example of New Labour's incorrigible penchant for spin over substance.
Monday, February 12