The quote from Ed balls is pricelss though because he says "Children need places which allow them to meet their friends and have fun - being able to burn off their energy in unstructured play is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and life." Firstly, they already have places to meet
Obviously Ed Balls hasn't travelled on one in London recently, but they have the freedom of the buses and boy do they use them. What I wonder is this thing about "unstructured play". Was Balls laughing when he wrote that? What's wrong with just "play" why must there be unstructured play, and isn't it a bit ironic that an obsessive tinkerer would be trying to mould and structure that which he wants to be unstructured?
One thing that is also worth noting, the announcement is actually a reannouncement of one in December. Some things never change.