Given all the financial newzz flying around they’ve not got as much coverage as they ordinaily would have attracted but two developments that most rank and file Labour party members welcome have occured within 24 hours. First came the news of the quiet shelving of the 42 pre-trial detention period after its Lords defeat (although David Davies is claiming the credit) and now the death knell for the 14+ exams (or the key stage 3 SATs as they are technically termed). Of course the government wouldn’t use the word “u-turn” but they do seem to enacted policy reversals on both of these issues. All good in my book. Does this constitute the much hinted at “change” and “renewal” in domestic policy that has been hinted at?

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