Footballer Rashford Sends Government The Wrong Way And Scores

The UK’s Conservative Government was sold a dummy by 22 year old Marcus Rashford, a football (soccer) start who plays for Manchester United and England.

Showing more charisma that the entire government and opposition parties combined could muster, the young goalscorer successfully motivated public opinion and lobbied the government to reverse its plan to suspend the provision of supply free meals for children from poorer families during the traditional summer break. Under the coronavirus lockdown arrangements schools had remained open for children whose parents were working during lockdown and could not afford childcare, or whose incomes were not sufficient to cover the additional costs of providing extra food for children while laid off from their jobs.

Marcus Rashford controls the ball
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Marcus Rashford controls the ball

In the UK children eligible for free school meals because their families are unemployed or on low incomes, have received food during the coronavirus lockdown, in some cases by attending school dining rooms but  often in the form of vouchers to spend at supermarkets.

This scheme was scheduled to end at the time schools would normally have closed for the summer break, and been reviewed in accordance with prevailing circumstances before school terms resumed in September. In a letter “written from the heart,” Rashford pleaded in reasoned and articulate terms for the scheme to continue through the summer because it is now clear that although the lockdown has been eased to some extent, the situation will not return to anything like normal for several more months at least.

Rashford’s letter surprised many people because football players are not usually noted for their debating skills. However the star consolidated his newly earned reputation by successfully outmanoeuvreing the government.

In a string of tweets on Tuesday, the England star urged politicians: “When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown…

“And when you head to the fridge to grab the milk, stop and recognise that parents of at least 200,000 children across the country this morning are waking up to empty shelving.”

But the Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey hit back, tweeting: “Water cannot be disconnected though.”

Her short response indicated the campaign officially dismissed by the government but when it was backed publicly by two Conservative MPs prompted a speedy reply.

Rashford wrote back: “I’m concerned this is the only tweet of mine you acknowledged. Please, put rivalries aside for a second, and make a difference.” Social media picked up on the argument and spontaneously started a national campaign. Soon it was clear that public opinion was with Rashford.

Realising they had lost this one, The Prime Minister’s office announced on Tuesday that £3million will be providede to fund extending the free school meal voucher system in England over the summer holidays in a reversal of its previous pledge to end them. Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said that the government “fully understands” that the children and parents are facing an “unprecedented situation over the summer”.

“To reflect this, we will be providing a Covid summer food fund. This will provide food vouchers covering the six week holiday period”.

 “The scheme will not continue beyond the summer and those eligible will be those who already qualify for free school meals. As the PM has said it is our intention, to get all pupils back into school in September”, the spokesperson said.

Marcus Rashford declared victory by saying that this is what can be achieved when “we come together”.

​The opposition Labour Party, after itself calling for the funding for the provision of free school meals, supported the decision. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the move and praised Rashford for his work.

A Conservative cabinet minister praised Rashford’s interest in child welfare in the UK as “great.” In an interview this earlier today, Grant Shapps agreed with Sky News host Kay Burley that the government’s decisions had been put to shame by a footballer.

“I know he’s written to the PM who will doubtless write back to him as well”, the Transport Secretary said.

He explained that it is usually not the case that free school meals are provided over the school holidays.

“But we have actually unusually in this case, along with all the other billions, multi-billion pound package we’ve put in place to help families, also provided £63m exceptionally to help local authorities help children over this period”, he added.

Several Conservative MPs had called on Johnson to “do the right thing” and extend the school meal programme.

Commentators also questioned why the government was picking a fight over such an indefensible policy when it was already on the back foot over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rashford, 22, earned praise from politicians, charities and mainstream media for his campaign. He said he was proud to have used his celebrity status to help “vulnerable parents”.

“There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight,” he added.

After writing to Boris Johndon and other MPs the prolific goalscorer wrote in The Times newspaper that he understood personally how much free school meals mattered to children receiving them.

“Ten years ago, I was one of them. I grew up in a low income family inn Manchester and know what it feels like to be hungry,” he wrote. Ahead of a parliamentary debate called by the main opposition Labour party, he urged MPs to put aside their political differences and back his campaign.

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Schools Advised to Alert Social Services if Parents Stop Sons from Wearing Skirts

Council guidelines have advised schools that staff may need to alert social services if parents dismiss a “gender questioning” child’s demand to “transition”.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s “Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit” tells teachers “it may be necessary and advisable to activate safeguarding procedures” if worried about a child’s “wellbeing and or safety” when faced with a parent who says, “I refuse to allow my son to change his name or wear skirts.”

As The Telegraph pointed out on Thursday, the Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory guidance says that staff should refer a child to social services or police if the institution’s safeguarding lead has concerns about a child’s welfare.

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A New History Curriculum For Schools

Children to be taught about dinosaurs in history lessons.

Children will be taught a sweeping chronology of world events ranging from the dinosaurs through to the fall of the Berlin Wall under plans to scrap politically-correct topics in history lessons, it has emerged.

Chris McGovern, founder of History Curriculum Association, said that the move represented a radical departure from the existing National Curriculum which sought to teach children through broad “themes” covering issues such as the role of women and social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity.

Good stuff, but will it work?

Revised History Of Britain Lesson One

In the beginning God created England because there was nowhere in the universe where people knew how to make a decent cup of tea.

Then the dinosaurs tried to take over the world. They invaded Britain in Ten Sixty Six and had a great battle with King Harold Wilson and his army. The English won but meanwhile Duke Norman the Bastard landed at Hastings.

King Harold Wilson surrendered and signed a treaty called the Magnum Classic which said Harold and his men could have all the ice cream they could eat if they would let Norman be king.

In lesson two we will learn how King Richard The Lionheart left Robin Hood to run the country while he went of to establish the English caliphate in Jerusalem.

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Those Who Can’t Do, Teach. Those Who Can’t Teach Join The Union

Government proposals for rigorous grammar tests on eleven year olds are an attack on teachers a taeching union has said.

Sticking closely to the agreed policy of public sector unions which states that it is a human rights violation to ask any public sector employee to get some effing work done, The NASUWT (National Association Of Shitheads, Under – achievers, Wankers and Tosspots obviously thinks that asking todays teachers to do the job they are paid for, i.e. teach children basic stuff, is well out of order.

A teaching union has condemned plans that will see all 11 year-olds tested on the proper use of apostrophes and the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives, saying the proposals amount to an attack on teachers.

Chris Keates, the General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said the plans were part of an “entirely unjustifiable campaign to denigrate the commitment and professionalism of teachers”.

“Imposing a wholly unnecessary additional high-stress test on schools has nothing to do with ensuring that teachers can support all pupils to reach their full potential as writers,”

Writers? So providing we do not teach them to read, spell or put full stops and commas in the right places these untutored illiterates will all turn into little Shakespeares?

Obviously the NASUWT approach to teaching children their native language is to take a million pupils, sit them in front of a million computers and wait for them to produce the Complete Works.

Maybe what is needed to sort education out is for somebody to attack NASUWT members … with baseball bats.

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Money, Money, Money

Two items of news regarding education have caught my attention this week.
First off was the suggestion that children should be taught gambling in school.

Experts from some organisation that wants us all to gamble safely and sensibly claims that if kids learnt about the odds of certain outcomes happening they would not grow up being so desperate for just that one big win to wipe out their huge gambling debt, give them all the money to do the things they only dream about because they can’t afford to do anything as they spend all their weekly disposable and more in the bookies, or more likely these days gambling online, or to give them a big enough stake to get into the Cincinatti Kid big game going off this Friday upstairs at Dirty Eric’s.

Kids of course are quite capable of working out the odds of actually getting a detention for trying to put a frog down Natalie’s trousers cos she’s a swotty, speccy brainbox. It is of course zero cos Mum and significant other will be onto the Board of Governors, The Sun and Max Clifford if anyone dares try to discipline little Jaydon.

They also know that you needn’t bother doing the homework, as although the curriculum states that teachers must set homework, there is no requirement that children are obliged to complete it or hand it in.

As a child you soon learn that the chances of you a) being chosen as team captain in PE lessons or b) being one of the last two to be chosen and it being obvious that neither team wants you are completely dependent on your sporting ability or lack thereof and your social popularity, ditto.

However, the bods in the gambling organisation think that if we can get all the kids to have a firm grasp of odds no one will be liable to re-mortgage the house for the sake of the dog in trap 6 on a wet Thursday at White City.

Just like sex education has completely eradicated teenage pregnancy and STDs, and drug and alcohol education has seen a generation of sober individuals leading fine upstanding lives. Not.

The other thing that caught my eye was the idea that children should be taught how to use money in Primary school.

What do we do about this? Blame Jamie Oliver for demonising unhealthy food such as crisps, choclate biscuits and pop thus leading to the demise of the school tuck shop, taking away the kiddies opportunity to use money in a real setting?

Or perhaps we should blame the rise of the plastic card, how many people actually hold the folding these days? Money must seem as magical as a Hogwarts banquet, as much as you want appearing out of thin air.
And of course it’s not just the children that think that way, bankers and politicians certainly seem to think if you want more you just wave your piece of plastic and there it is.

So lessons in handling money should comprise the fine art of maxing out your credit card then getting a different one so you can borrow to pay off the existing one ad infinitum.
Get the kids used to this and they’ll be able to gamble online using their credit cards, too busy to go out and socialise and therefore ultimately to procreate and eventually the problem will sort itself out.

Or at least you could get decent odds on it at SafeBet.

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Tobogganing Teacher Sacked.

Fatsally post today demonstrates the extent of dumbing down in school examinations and now Boggart Blog will show how dumbed down the people who run our schools have become.

Mr. Richard Tremelling, a technology teacher at Cefn Hengoed Community School in Swansea, South Wales, has been sacked for letting 15-year-old children ride on a toboggan down a small slope. Teaching tobogganing was not in Mr. Tremelling’s job description of course but perhaps we was demonstrating the effect of gravity. Or perhaps the kids had built their own toboggan in craft classes.

Whatever. Bosses at the school and the Local Education Authority decided Mr. Tremelling had put the children at unnecessary and unacceptable risk.

Like any responsible adult, the teacher used his common sense to evaluate the risks, and decided that they were eff all minimal. As all of us who have slid down a big slope on a shop bought toboggan, a homemade effort constructed out of stuff purloined from Grandad’s Aladdin’s Cave of a shed, you Mum’s best tea tray or even a black bin bag tobogganing is not a high risk activity for people who if heading at speed towards brick walls, barbed wire fences, ponds covered in thin ice or main roads have enough common sense to simply fall off the toboggan.

In fact, Mr Tremelling was so careful, he even made one of the children (obviously the boy scientist who would be too busy doing equations involving speed, mass and trajectory to notice the brick wall, barbed wire fence etc. start from halfway down the slope.

In the eyes of education bureaucrats however tobogganing is a potentially dangerous activity, any plans for toboggan related field trips must be presented in written form and submitted along with a sixty seven page risk assessment to the official controller of ever so slightly risky activities involving pupils and it will be either approved or rejected before the end of the school year in July. Any scheme not complete by the end of the school year cannot be carried forward and applications must be resubmitted.

What worries us is these days kids need teaching to ride toboggans. Has it really come to the point where children are so indoctrinated they cannot think of ways to have fun in the snow themselves?

As for Mr Tremelling, he should be reinstated and given special responsibility for finding ways of putting education bureaucrats at risk.

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Erecting A Human Rights Issue

As senior figures in the Obama administration zoom around the USA trying to bolster support ahead of the mid term elections due in November they might well decide to by pass Milwaukee in order to avoids embarrassment.

In that city the issue concerning voters is not the controversial healthcare bill, climate change, immigration or the financial crisis and related problems. What has everybody in the city talking is a fight over whether a sustained male erection is a human right.

Honestly it is. I read it in the Los Angeles Time and that is quite a respectable news organ even if it is based in nutty California.

It seems the Teachers’ Union has a bone to pick with the local court over a ruling that denied their claim for viagra to be supplied at the taxpyers expense.

The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Assn. has gone to court asking a judge to order the financially strapped school board to reinstate coverage for Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and other erectile dysfunction drugs in union members’ healthcare plans. The union claims that excluding such coverage discriminates against the male gender.

I know, it’s hard to believe isn’t it?

The city authorities obviously find they are on the horn of a dilemma. Does America’s obsession with ‘rights’ trump common sense one more or will the state stand firm and say, “Come on, you guys are trying to stiff us.”

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Spooky Or What?

Ever get that feeling that some things are more than coincidences?
One thing happens that’s a bit odd, then another and when the third one shows up there you are looking over your shoulder and thinking “Is there something going on here?”

Remember ‘The Crossbow Cannibal’, as he called himself, the chap from Bradford who’d been killing prostitutes and then cutting up the bodies and scopping them in the river? He was a former pupil at BBC’s old school.

Private education you see, gives you a better class of serial killer.

It also appears to give you a better class of slapper.

The little hottie whose been keeping Ashley Cole company, along with her bestest friend, is an old girl from SezJez’s former place of education.
Apparently Elle was already preparing herself for a career in the tabloids by being pictured flashing her tits in Nuts magazine when she was only 14!!! and then, a year later, sending an intimate video of herself and a Rabbit – not the fluffy, floppy-eared kind I hasten to add – to a boyfriend’s mobile, which subsequently was pinged around the teenage male population of South Yorkshire, as BBC will confirm!

But it doesn’t stop there, it was reported this week that two infant children took an airgun into their village school in rural Northamptonshire, firing it in the playground and injuring five pupils.

Guess which village school BBC and SezJez used to attend…

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More Teachers Than Pupils Drop Out Of School.

Earlier this week we had a New Labour clone drop in on one of our old education related posts to tell us Boggart Bloggers what evil people we are for making fun of those wonderful people who staff our schools and deliver New Labour’s modern education policies. Teachers it seems are wonderful, dedicated professionals who are totally committed to making sure pupils pass their SATS tests and schools hit their targets and do well in league tables.

These comments are always welcome because they refresh those old comment threads and also give is a chance to deliver a reply that is not so much a slap down as a pile driver any WWF wrestler would be proud of.

Bizarrely these visits usually occur at the same time as a news story that underlines the total and utter failure of New Labour’s education policies. This may just be coincidence as it surely is when we take the piss out of Obama and a couple of days later Obots will start turning up and accusing us of being Nazis just as they are now busy accusing people who don’t like the healthcare plan of being Nazis.

Is it Nazi to point out how comprehensively New Labour’s progressive education reforms have failed (unless of course there was a hidden agenda) ? Is it subversive to point out that an education system in which one on five school leavers cannot read or write has not exactly made great strides forward from the days when it was impossible to pass GCSEs without being able to read and write.

The latest in a long line of failures to be highlighted in the press is a set of figures showing that 40% of newly qualified teachers have left the state education system within six months of qualifying. A few of these teacher drop outs get jobs in private education but most quit teaching completely to take up careers as sex workers, shelf stackers, burger flippers or call centre clerks.

Sadly these early drop outs from teaching in state schools are often the best qualified of the output from teacher training. This leaves the people not bright enough to flip burgers or stack shelves to man our classrooms and equip teenagers with the skills they will need to build a future.

In the whacky world of New Labour Education Policymaking however a good grasp of their specialist subject is a less important requirement for young teachers than being part of an oppressed minority. This seems to apply most in the key areas of maths and the natural sciences. A maths teacher with a good A level in maths is more rare than a maths teacher with Tourette’s syndrome.

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The Cure For Swine Flu – Clutch At A Straw.

Nu Labour Health Minister the boyish Andy Burnham, as he tries to assure us the government is on top of the pandemic of fear and panic they generated about Swine Flu increasingly takes on the air of desperation of a drowning man not waving but clutching at straws. Yesterday Burnham was on television talking about how Nu Lab will stop Swine Flue spreading by having schools distribute doses of Tamiflu and a similar anti viral to pupils.

Burnham was quickly crucified on this one by presenter Andrew Castle. Now Andrew Castle is not the most incisive political interviewer, his main claim to journalistic excellence being his once having reached the third round at Wimbledon. Thirty years ago Castle would have been confined to interviewing dogs that said “sausages” or people who stuck nails up their noses. He would never managed to rope-a-dope Dennis Healy or Norman Tebbitt as easily as he did Andy Burnham. The government’s great plan to hand out anti virals you see has not just one snag but many, all of which the government’s spokesman seemed blissfully unaware of.

The type of anti viral being handed out like smarties at the first sign of Swine Flu in a school can cause fatal respiratory collapse in asthmatics, this had happened to the presenter’s own daughter. It was not only the danger to asthmatics, a side effect of the drugs is they can cause vomiting to such an extent dehydration would result. Not an ideal result as the standard medical advice for treating any kind of flu begins with “drink plenty of fluids.”

And finally, even if the drugs don’t kill or harm you, they simply don’t work. Tests have show antivirals don’t cure or prevent swine flu. Their effect, if they have any, is to alleviate symptoms slightly. So what is this ridiculous posturing by governments all about apart from clutching at straws?

Could it be an attempt to salvage an expensive plan that aimed to increase their authoritarian grip on the nation that has failed dismally? Ah well, they who live by fear and panic will perish by fear and panic. It would be funny if it was not so dangerous.

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