Ed “Flipper” Balls, this blog’s preferred candidate for leading Labour into a twenty-year trek through the political wilderness, is clearly not afraid to exploit a tragedy for personal gain, as can be seen in this cri de coeur in today’s Groan.
Coincidentally, evidence emerged today of just what a resounding success Mr Balls and his colleagues managed to make of their education and children’s policies over the last thirteen years.
Allow me to present Dr Antony Edkins, head teacher at Harrop Fold Specialist Arts College in Worsley, Greater Manchester.
A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.
The story continues with further details of Codie Stott’s crime….
“She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils,” said Codie yesterday.
“Only one could speak English, so she had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said ‘Discuss’.”
According to Codie, the five – four boys and a girl – then began talking in a language she didn’t understand, thought to be Urdu, so she went to speak to the teacher.
“I said ‘I’m not being funny, but can I change groups because I can’t understand them?’ But she started shouting and screaming, saying ‘It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police’.”
Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day.
A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school, and more than a week after the incident on September 26 she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest.
On searching the internet for more information on this ground-breaking establishment, I came across his little snippet from the Harrop Fold website, which is particularly telling….
Our sense of being is centered on a willingness to take risks.
It would appear so, Dr Edkins, by which I mean you certainly seem to specialise in taking risks with your pupils’ education by obliging them to study with a group of children who don’t speak their language, and then compounding the felony and traumatising them by having them arrested when they complain. Innovative stuff!
In the interest of fair and balanced blogging, I decided to put this latest fallout from Labour’s catastrophic social policies to the former Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families himself. I didn’t have to wait long for an opportunity to present itself….
So I pounced….
Incidentally, Dr Edkins’ rejoices in the title of Executive Head Teacher. I know who I’d like to execute.