Let's be clear: The last 10 years have been a disaster as measured by comparison to our competitors: In science we've fallen from 4th to 16th in the world. In maths we've gone from 8th to 28th. (OECD league tables) Things need to change. Universities won't ignore the Ebac - it gives official recognition to established facts. 'A's in Drama, Media and Physiology aren't getting you into a top university. 'A' s in maths, physics and languages will. The USA, the land of the Internet, Microsoft and Apple manages without ICT lessons in its schools. It does however offer Advanced Placement Computer Science, taught using Java. I'm not going to defend every aspect of coalition policy (or even most), but anyone who does not recognise that we have problems requiring major surgery is in my opinion in cloud cuckoo land.