Working for parents and teachers?

Hardly professional clients. (“Firms scramble to win work on Tories’ free schools initiative”, 16 July, page 11). Most would struggle with redecorating their living rooms, never mind delivering a major schools project.

Empowering parents and teachers is one of the coalition’s more naive plans of liberating the people. However, the truth is these are future project disasters in waiting.

The local authorities were well-drilled and, in most cases, professional clients who knew what they were about. Parents and teachers? I wince at the thought. Good luck to those who choose to advise, they will need it!

Patrick Murdock