When the British Council lunged in favour of Hotcourses in 2001 I knew it wasn't because Jeremy Hunt was doing anything well, because he wasn't. And today, eleven years later, while Hotcourses still has the monopoly on sales of the British Council's "Education UK" portfolio, we can all see that the British Council and Hotcourses have resolutely held hands through a prolonged period of abject failure. For example, what percentage of the boarding school market have this dynamic duo succeeded in persuading to sign up for their services? Less than one percent. But they both pretend that they offer a public service - the British Council's "Chief Executive" Martin Davidson repeated the claim only yesterday.
Read John Ward's account today - it really is a revelation.