Almost half of English schools districts will soon have too few places for pupils. But free schools continue to open in areas with a surplus.
Defence secretary says parliament could look again at the issue if circumstances "change very significantly".
As dismaying as it may be to interventionists, both parties have decided that the wisest political choice is to move on.
Unless the PM makes further concessions to Miliband, or wins over a sufficient number of coalition MPs, he faces the prospect of parliamentary defeat.
By forcing the PM to delay a decision on military action until after the UN inspectors have reported, Miliband has taken account of the legacy of Iraq.
If the Education Secretary is as concerned as he claims about party funding, why doesn't he support Labour's proposed £5,000 donation cap?
If they want to avoid another hung parliament, both sides need to take more risks. This isn't a time for small-ball politics.
History shows that parties can win despite the unpopularity of their leaders, but to do so Labour needs to offer policy substance.
Faced with mounting debts, the party may be forced to leave government in order to reclaim the "short money" provided to opposition parties.
Fifty seven per cent of voters "dislike" the party compared to 43% who dislike Labour and 47% who dislike the Lib Dems.