…no surprise which wins, is it?
Come September, children at Mudeford infants school in Dorset are not going to be getting hot school dinners. They’ll be eating sandwiches.
Not cake, then..?
Somewhere along the troubled history of the coalition’s policy to give all infant children a free school meal, the requirement for food to be hot quietly disappeared, to the relief of some headteachers.
Well, finally, someone saw sense. Not a lot of sense, admittedly, since we are talking about the Lib Dems here.
According to Liberal Democrat peer Lord Ashdown, up to 10% of schools will not be able to deliver universal free school meals by September, and so will be breaking the law.
The evidence that heads are using money intended for children’s education to pay for dinners has escalated a poisonous feud that’s been brewing at the heart of the coalition since Conservative critics first alleged that the Lib Dems’ policy was underfunded and poorly planned.
Last week it was reported to be on a “red flag” list of policies likely to fail.
It could have been put there at the start of this total car-crash, couldn’t it?