IS Frank Dobson still angry with The Guardian for endorsing the Liberal Democrats before last May’s General Election? Speaking at the launch meeting of Camden United Against Cuts campaign group last night in King’s Cross, it wasn’t the editors of the Daily Mail or the Daily Telegraph whom he mocked in an angry opening speech. He railed:
Ted Heath’s government, Mrs Thatcher’s government, John Major’s government didnt set out to hammer the people of Camden in the way this Liberal Democrat and Tory coalition is. It’s as if they have declared war on Camden. I don’t think there is anywhere else in Britain where the people of a local authority are more likely to suffer than here. It started with them announcing that the money that was supposed to go into the secondary schools in Camden to refurbish them would be stopped. Cheerio. Shut up. That was the approach. There was the same approach to funding the improvements that are necessary in the primary schools including one or two where the ceilings are falling down.
But of course these schools are not being filled by the editor of The Guardian‘s children or other people who send their children to private education. These are ordinary people sending their children to ordinary schools and they are gradually been dragged down.
Frank may have meant the post rather than the person. The Guardian‘s current editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, who has admitted in the past mixing up his children’s education between state and private schools, wasn’t at the meeting to hear the scorn of the MP… whose constituency just so happens covers his Tufnell Park home. Near Acland Burghley School.