Ed Balls still hasn’t got his head around the idea of spending restraint. While Alistair Darling talks about deep cuts in government spending, Mr Ed promises 270,000 families a free laptop each!
The reason is to buy the votes of the recipients, the excuse it that these laptops will let parents read their child’s school report online.
A couple of things strike me. Firstly why wouldn’t these parents read the reports when their children bring them home, or when they come through the post just like every other parent in the country?
Secondly, what spec does Ed think you need to read an email from the local school? £300,000,000 is being spent on 270,000 laptops, meaning each one is £1,111. Even setting some money aside for a wireless router £1,111 buys a lot of laptop.
All this so that families in Labor’s heartlands can read three emails a year from their children’s schools.
I’ve seen sailors on shore leave at 3AM spend money more carefully than that.