Just been listening to BBC radio 4 program on David Blunkett which can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf5907#play I'll have to listen to it again but Blunkett seemed to skirt almost completely over his role in setting up academies when he was education minister, which the Torys, of course, then picked up and ran with big time. But it brought back all my memories. I have never understood the reason for academies at any level at all, apart from the fact that it was stated blind dogma of the conservative party. I have always thought of Blair as excessively influenced by Thatcher, but I was mystified by my own political party, the Libdems, support for academies under their shadow educational minister, the disgraced David Laws. It led to my leaving the party. Now that we know what a mess academies are making of so many schools and childrens' education and how unscrupulous educationalists are using them to pay themselves immoral amounts of money, --- https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jul/22/academy-schools-scandal-failing-trusts ---- can anybody remember what the original reasons for academies were?