"Less than a year after Labour first won power in 1997, Sandy Leitch was invited to No10 for breakfast with other business leaders. He went on to run several Labour projects, becoming one of Mr Blair's most trusted business advisers. His reward came in 2004 - the same year he left Zurich - when he was made a Labour peer, becoming Baron Leitch of Oakley in Fife. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur, who is now chairman of Scottish Widows, was introduced into the Lords by Mr Blair's chief fundraiser, Lord Levy. But Lord Leitch, 60, has maintained links with Gordon Brown's government, donating £5,000 last year to his leadership campaign."
Lord Leitch recently conducted a review of the small topic of 'skills' which can be read in full here, one wonders how anyone can be qualified or intelligent enough to review all generic workforce 'skills' and then decide how the whole country's skills should move forward. One could say that it was another example of top down intervention in something that should not be directly meddled with by a government, even if that government could be assumed to have good intentions.
One wonders why the government doesn't concentrate on the basics such as literacy, numeracy and good bread and butter qualifications? In health care the 'Skills for Health' scheme must have cost a lot of money but doesn't appear to be something that will improve standards, rather the opposite in fact. Personally I find the increasing grip of government and big business on education and training to be of great concern, as many of our country's success stories in this area have been due to the relative independence of various educational institutions. Am I just a paranoid fool or is there something to be concerned about here?