A few days ago, I mentioned plans to stop the government’s proposal to cut funding for second degrees and how ridiculous I thought this Labour initiative was. Unfortunately, the Conservative motion opposing the cuts was defeated by a margin of 53 votes, and as a result it looks as if the plans will go ahead, with the cuts starting to hit budgets in 2008-2009. A sad day for education, and yet another example of why we should give this Labour government the boot at the earliest possible opportunity.