Gordon Brown’s panic reshuffle ended the short life of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) by merging it into a new department – Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
What’s happened to the universities?
First, Labour separated the universities from the other parts of the education system by creating DIUS in the first place; now it is merging them into Lord Mandelson’s mega ministry, more designed to flatter an ego than deliver a service.
Richard Normington commented, “Cambridge residents will not be impressed by a government that treats the future of universities as a pass-the-parcel exercise. Cambridge deserves better.”
Adam Afriyie, the Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation, described the move as, “a snub to students, a blow for taxpayers and a breach of trust with the civil servants who have loyally built up the department in accordance with the PM’s demands.”
Richard added, “Tony Blair’s ‘education, education, education’ is now just ‘panic, panic, panic’. We need an election instead of the year of dithering that lies ahead of us if Labour clings on.”
12th June 2009