Education 14 November 2010 Quote of the weekend The coalition’s “decentralisation” con. Print HTML What happened to decentralisation? What happened to the coalition mantra of getting rid of quangos? This is centralised control of school funding...How the hell can you fund a school in rural Devon on the same basis as inner-city Birmingham? * Les Lawrence, the Conservative cabinet member for schools on Birmingham City Council, responding to a front-page report in the Financial Times that "all state schools in England will be directly funded from Whitehall for the first time, under radical government plans to sideline local authorities from managing education spending, a role they have occupied for more than a century". As I've written before, Michael Gove may talk the talk of "decentralisation" and the "empowerment" of parents, but he is a power-hungry, centralising, near-autocratic secretary of state for education. › Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe More Related articles PMQs review: Emily Thornberry triumphs over Brexit How Theresa May is trying to trap her opponents over Brexit Why hasn’t British Asian entertainment built on the Goodness Gracious Me golden age?