Blunkett-keep off the grass
NEW LABOUR has sold off over 100 playing fields in the last 15 months. This is despite its manifesto commitment to "end the policy of selling playing fields". The Central Council of Physical Recreation says, "We were led to believe the government would stop the sale of playing fields-after all, that's what they said they would do in their 1997 manifesto-and they haven't."
The National Playing Fields Association agrees that "the government's record is pretty abysmal". Education secretary David Blunkett has special powers to block all such sales. No sell off can go ahead without his personal approval. But in the last 15 months he has rejected just two of the 103 proposed sales.