'The Liberal Democrats' pledge to increase spending on education is a fraud.
'They say that they would increase the amount of money available for books and equipment in schools.
'But, in reality, there is no guarantee that this money would ever find its way into a classroom.
'Yet, only three days later, Paddy Ashdown said that 'ring-fenced is a perfectly adequate description of it'. (The Dimbleby Programme, 13th April 1997)
'In reality, there is no guarantee at all that the money which the Liberal Democrats would get from raising taxes would be spent by local authorities on the Liberal Democrats' education pledges.
'It is quite clear that the Liberal Democrats are more interested in cooking the books than in making sure that children can read them.'