I'm told that the research is flawed, in that it collected data on kids the researchers thought *ought* to be on Sure Start, without reference to whether they actually were. So it doesn't prove Sure Start is a bad idea, but it does prove the government isn't giving it the resources necessary to meet all the need.
I think Sure Start is a great idea, but under-resourced and overburdened with useless managerial ideology. New Labour does, indeed, have little else to boast about, and for any of their good schemes really to work properly - for even the minimum logical conclusions to be drawn from the failures - they will have to forget that they are pro-capitalist. Ahem.