Nick Clegg has told The Times that he might send his children to private schools. Moreover, he came up with the same boring old chestnut that "he would not play politics with his children's education".
The question is, if you were an opposition activist in Sheffield, what would you be saying right now ?
Sheffield, where Nick Clegg has his constituency, is a Lib Dem run council, it is, therefore, a Lib Dem run education authority. If the schools are not good enough there, technically, the Lib Dems will be at fault.
So is he saying he does not trust the Lib Dems to run Sheffield schools properly ? Of course he isn't. But this is an absolute gift for the opposition in Sheffield.
Why didn't Nick use this as an opportunity to praise Sheffield Council ? Why didn't he answer by saying that the schools in Sheffield are getting better all the time and there are any number of schools he would be happy to send his children to in the city ? By saying he might send his children to a private school he is damning each and every school in the city.
Very silly and a poor answer from Nick Clegg. I knew I should have supported Chris Huhne !