Voters will punish us for picking arcane fights about ‘online harms’ whilst neglecting the things they really care about.
It means the high skilled, high paid jobs that local people want – with the training and qualifications they need to grab those opportunities.
It lets me take county council matters to the heart of Government – to unlock investment opportunities and bring economic benefits to Nottinghamshire.
The issues that were raised with us on doorsteps in the local elections were about our highways, town centre and green spaces.
Not only is this type of ‘education’ a nonsense, but the taxpayer will have to pick up the bill for it.
The restriction on the number of apprentices small businesses can take on should be lifted. FE colleges should boost entrepreneurship.
Both kinds of school have a place, and more besides. It needs to be a choice. Education is not ‘one-size fits all’, it’s ‘horses for courses’.
That doesn’t mean they are all suddenly hardcore Tories. For many we were the least-worst option. But we have an opportunity to win their trust.
There’s a place for having a go at Corbyn – how could we not when so much of what he says is so indefensible? – but it has to be combined with our plan for a better life.