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CLARKE IN HOT SWEATY WATER OVER TEACHERS

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Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has been told his comments relating to the teachers' pay award show he would be unable to...
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has been told his comments relating to the teachers' pay award show he would be unable to run a parish council.

In a letter to Mr Clarke earlier this week, Conservative education chairman of Trafford MBC Jonathan Taylor also accused him of being 'smug, complacent and stupid'.

'You have neither the knowledge or the capability to be the treasurer of a parish council, let alone a county or metropolitan authority,' Mr Clarke was told.

Mr Taylor challenges the chancellor to examine Trafford's education budget for 1995-96 and to tell the council where it will find the 2.7% needed to fund the teachers' pay increase.

'You can then tell me how we fund the financially neutral special needs legislation and how to fund nurseries which you in the cabinet came late to understanding,' he storms.

Mr Taylor concludes his letter, which also went to prime minister John Major, education secretary Gillian Shephard and the media, with a demand for an answer.

'I ask for a response in 72 hours otherwise we will know that you are what we see, a blather of lard in the melting pot of hot water generated by the sweat you create doing nothing, knowing nothing and thinking that you know everything,' he writes.

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