EDUCATION Secretary Gavin Williamson promises schools will open in September . . . but will he deliver?
The militant teaching unions are far more concerned with bringing down this Tory government than they will ever be about educating your children.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson promises schools will open in September… but will he deliver[/caption]
Mary Bousted, the tight-lipped commissar of the National Education Union, snarls that it is “impossible” for schools to re-open fully next month and that making it compulsory for all children to attend is “a real risk” by the evil Tories.
Mary increasingly sounds like an Arthur Scargill tribute band.
Are we really going to let this kamikaze Corbynista play politics with millions of children?
It is not just the comrades who boss the nation’s teaching unions parking their tanks outside school gates.
Labour councillors and MPs shake their heads about the dangers of opening while never reflecting on the risk of keeping schools closed.
Even Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer is worried about safety . . . and his own children attended school during lockdown.
The risks to children from Covid-19 are next to non-existent.
Teachers are more likely to be hit by a bus than contract coronavirus from kids.
But if the risks of the schools opening in September are minimal, the cost of schools staying shut is beyond measure.
Already, a generation of kids have seen their education become another victim of coronavirus.
Some 700,000 of them could not sit their GCSEs in spring. And 330,000 could not sit their A levels.
The years below them, due to sit those life-changing exams next spring, have lost six months of their education they will never recover.
A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research said 71 per cent of state-school children had between none and one online lesson a day during the long months of lockdown.
The most disadvantaged children have suffered the most.
Gavin Williamson faces militant teaching unions far more concerned with bringing down this Tory government than they will ever be about educating your children[/caption]
The schools are due to open in just 23 days and the vast majority of parents — almost 90 per cent — want them to start as planned.
But even as Gavin Williamson was making his bold promise to throw open the school gates, Business Secretary Alok Sharma was mewing that school closures would be considered on a “case by case” basis, while Schools minister Nick Gibb bleats he can’t “decree” that every pupil will be back at their desk in September. These timid Tories must start showing some spine.
Act of surrender
With the schools closed, parents cannot return to work. Already unemployment is soaring. Already there are hard times ahead.
If parents and their children stay at home during the autumn months, this country will be on its knees for years.
The A-level results will be announced this Thursday and the class of 2020 will finally discover the damage that Covid-19 has done to their dreams.
For the first time ever, A-level grades will be estimated, and there are countless families across the country holding their breath, me included.
But for the millions of children meant to be in school, the future is even more uncertain.
If their schools do not open in September it will be a craven act of surrender to extremist teaching unions.
And a national tragedy that effectively chucks an entire generation on the scrapheap.
Something about Cameron’s £100m not scary
Cameron Diaz says retiring from the movies has brought her the peace she has always craved[/caption]
IT is 26 years since Cameron Diaz made her movie debut opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask and six years since her last film.
Cameron says retiring from the movies has brought her the peace she has always craved.
And, of course, having an estimated £100million in the bank usually has a calming effect.
WE ALL OWE PC ANDREW
PC Andrew Harper was 28 years old when he died.
The thieving simpletons responsible for his death will all be free before they turn 30.
The police get endless stick these days. But PC Andrew Harper was the best of us.
Andrew had been married to his childhood sweetheart Lissie for just four weeks when he was dragged to his death after becoming entangled in a tow rope dangling from the back of a car being used to steal a quad bike.
Driver Henry Long, 19, got 16 years. Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, got 13 years.
Not once have they shown even a flicker of remorse. But the law allows a third of a term off sentences for murder and manslaughter.
Now Andrew’s widow Lissie has launched a campaign for “Andrew’s Law”, which will mean a full life term for killing 999 workers.
“I wish to ensure any widows of the future will not have to experience the same miscarriage of justice,” says Lissie, 29.
“I pledge to my late husband to never stop until I have made the difference this country needs.”
I know that every reader of this paper will wish Lissie well.
The sentences handed down to Long, Bowers and Cole might be what we would expect for manslaughter convictions.
But God knows it does not feel very much like justice.
QUANGO’S CORONA SHAMBLES
“NO one here gets out alive,” sang The Doors’ Jim Morrison.
Jim could have been thinking of Public Health England, the quango of clowns charged with protecting the nation’s health and wellbeing.
‘No one here gets out alive,’ sang The Doors’ Jim Morrison… but was he talking about PHE’s Covid-19 measuring system?[/caption]
If you catch Covid-19, PHE claims you as a virus victim even if you recover and die many months later of something else.
Who does their maths, Diane Abbott?
PHE’s madcap counting system means all 265,000 cases of coronavirus in England will eventually be added to the UK’s Covid-19 death toll – because we all have to go some time.
PHE receives £300million of your money a year to produce this garbage.
KINDNESS FROM DESTRUCTION
THE explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut was so powerful it was felt 150 miles away in Cyprus.
The explosion has left more than 150 dead, 5,000 hurt and 300,000 homeless.
Israa Seblani, 29, is the bride who was posing for wedding photos at the very moment the Lebanese capital was devastated by the huge blast.
A doctor herself, Israa helped the wounded before seeking safety.
A reminder that, even in the midst of tragedy, there is still kindness, decency and courage.
A French farce in the Channel
CALAIS politician Pierre-Henri Dumont says: “Maybe we should do more” to stop migrants crossing the Channel. Love that “maybe”, monsieur!
As migrants continue to arrive on a daily basis, you have to say they look happy to have reached this country from the war-torn wastelands of, er, France[/caption]
Priti Patel threatens to send in the Royal Navy but that shouldn’t be necessary.
It is contrary to international law that these desperate souls are not claiming asylum in the first safe country they reach.
But as they continue to arrive here on a daily basis, you have to say they look happy to have reached this country from the war-torn wastelands of, er, France.
Perhaps the UK is not quite the racist hellhole it is frequently cracked up to be.
Room for work and play
THE Government is mocked for launching its wildly popular Eat Out To Help Out scheme while, at the same time, Boris is posing in gyms and waging his private war on obesity. But they are both great ideas. There is a place in everyone’s life for regular exercise and regular peri-peri chicken.
SUMMER'S THE STAR
TO those of us who reach for the remote when a cooking show appears – and we are multitudes – Paul “Bake Off” Hollywood is not a big deal.
So it is odd that every picture of Summer Monteys-Fullam – hanging out with her horse, posing with her glamorous mum, running with her dog Cookie – is accompanied by the demeaning appendage “Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood’s ex-girlfriend.” To some of us, Summer means more than Paul.
Or as we like to think of him: “Paul Hollywood, 54, the ex-boyfriend of Summer Monteys-Fullam.”
Justice gone to the dogs
AFTER repeatedly punching his greyhound in the face, Joseph Pocklington, 29, has been banned from keeping pets for two years.
If a dog was guilty of such a brutal assault, it would be put down. Pathetic – both the sentence and the man.
VIEWERS of Monday night’s episode of Coronation Street were gobsmacked to see a sign for the street’s chip shop, For Your Fries Only, with what looked like . . . well, that’s certainly not a large portion of cod, is it?
What made it even worse was the thing, right, was flashing.
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KATIE PRICE has her feet in plaster after cracking her heels jumping off a wall at a theme park.
It could happen to anyone.
But you know you’re getting old when Katie Price has got her legs wrapped around a young man because he is helping her into her wheelchair.
More Bondage for Paul
PAUL MESCAL, who never got out of the studenty sports-casual look in BBC3’s Normal People, wears an unkempt black tie in the video for Scarlet, the new Rolling Stones track.
I am amazed that Paul, 24, has not yet been seriously touted as the next James Bond.
This strong, sensitive Irish hunk wears black tie as well as Sean Connery.
And he would be an infinitely better 007 than any of the ageing thespians who are usually predicted to replace Daniel Craig.
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