Most of the sponsors who agreed to fund the prime minister's flagship academy programme have not paid the £2m they pledged ... Four academies that opened last September have received no cash at all, and 10 others have received some money but nowhere near the promised sum. Only four have received the full amount. In all, 23 of the 27 academies opened so far are still waiting to receive what was pledged.And Sarah was quoted as saying:
It was a good story for the Guardian - even if no other paper would be quite so surprised that the government is bad at collecting the money it is owed. And Sarah's comments will impress many of the paper's readers.
"The government has led everybody to believe that the £2m would be handed over from the first day the doors open at each academy - after all this is when the sponsor can exercise control over the curriculum, staffing and admissions.
"At no point have ministers made it clear that sponsors needn't have handed over the full £2m by that point."
But what I would really like to hear is how the Liberal Democrats would help parents whose children are in poor schools and who cannot afford private education or to move into the catchment areas of good comprehensives. I think the voters would like to hear it too.