Any Questions from Beccles
I was lucky enough to be in the audience of around 300 who were very lively. We were fortunate to have an interesting panel with George Monbiot in great form demolishing Baroness Warsi's free school arguments calling them "privatisation of education".
Margaret Hodge who is MP for Barking came in with the answer to what I wanted to ask by quite rightly pointing out that what we actually need are primary school places in London not secondary school places in an area that already has an excess of places such as Suffolk.
The room was pretty much united on the Free School question with the audience incensed at Warsi's attempts to suggest that this was a parent led venture. "Not in Beccles" was the shout from many people as the room that had previously been divided in a typical left/right way was united on this issue. And again when asked who actually decides there were cries of "Gove"!
But rather than reading if you really want to know what the people of Beccles think of the plans for a free school in the town, just listen!