In an organisation as big as the Government, it is inevitable that mixed messages sometimes get out. That's what happens - not everyone can sing from the same hymn sheet all the time. But sometimes it's still possible to be amazed at the crass stupidity of whoever coordinates the timing of announcements and policies.
On Friday, we had Ed Balls telling English schools to cut back on their heating bills and stop cleaning themselves to save the somewhat paltry sum - in terms of overall Government spending - of £750 million.
And today Gordon Brown, alongside telling Pakistan that they really, really should have caught Bin Laden by now - never doubt Brown's ability to state something that is both populist and obvious - has apparently pledged some £665 million to rebuild Pakistan's education system and weaken extremism.
It really is like someone is hiding in the core of Government, purposely feeding really stupid ideas to the PM and Ministers to regurgitate.
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