My darling wife is a teacher in, what was until July, a (fairly ropey) comprehensive school. Over the course of the school summer holidays that school has ceased to exist and a new Academy opened its doors at the end of last week. Now that would seem like quick work, but all that has happened really is that the kids have a new uniform (bought for them by the tax payer) and some of the teaching staff have changed as the new place has a cunningly different ORBAT from the old one. There had been concern that the funding for the new buildings would not arrive but the new Principal was happy last week to inform the staff that the money was coming: not so much as they had bid for, but enough hopefully to do a decent job. They will be receiving only £24.8M. So here's a question: Is this money, almost 25% larger than the amount clawed back in in-year savings last year by cancelling all training for thirty odd thousand TA soldiers, going to provide anything other than a new school on the site of one which was working already? (Don't forget that this year and for the next two, the new Academy is in the original school buildings anyway.) or two...: Could we not have maintained the reserve component in working order, and simply not paid out a for a new thing when we had one that worked already? All that drama, destruction of morale, inevitable loss of trained manpower, reduction of what is effectively a significant contribution to national combat effectivenes, for a saving of 25% less than the cost of building not one additional , new, school, but re-building one which is clearly fit for purpose for another three years at the least. Adjutant, where's that flaming mess Webley?