There is a compelling need for more - and better - youth apprenticeships. Long-term youth unemployment is rising as fast as university tuition fees, yet employers are complaining of a lack of skilled labour. It is because there is a black hole of no education and no work-related training into which over a quarter of a million young people are falling every year.
With more people on the train there will be fewer cars on our roads and fewer people queuing at our airports. As the report states high-speed rail will relieve capacity constraints on existing lines and transfer some 6 million trips from air and 9 million road trips. We will finally have a transport system that delivers what we all need - choice.
Radical change is needed to counter this virtual apartheid within our education system. The elite private schools - all of them are charities, believe it or not - should all be setting up academies and become directly engaged in providing state-funded education by means of these independent state schools, extending their excellent academic teaching and success at university entrance to more deprived communities.