The concern now is what this actually means for the free schools programme. On one level, the threat isn't overwhelming: the Academies Bill has already been voted through Parliament, and has the support of key Lib Dem ministers. But, on another, it could prove fairly awkward for the coalition. Michael Gove was always going to face a monstrous blob of opposition to his reforms – but he may not have thought that the blob would expand in the first few months of government. The prospect of Lib Dem councillors, members and parents doing their worst to upset free schools is not, in the end, a welcome one.