Education Secretary Michael “Oiky” Gove has his detractors. Rather a lot of detractors, in fact. But to make up for this, some Tory backbenchers are positively slavish in their praise for his every move, so much so that they trip over their words and fall flat on their faces. Nominating herself in this category yesterday was Mid Bedfordshire’s representative (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries.
The subject was teacher qualifications: Labour would prefer all new teachers to actually be qualified to teach, rather than have a first degree from whichever University is deemed flavour of the month and fancy a bit of teaching. Other countries – Finland and Poland, for instance – insist that their teachers are properly trained. “Oiky” doesn’t want to have to bother with this inconvenience.
Ms Dorries took to her not-quite-a-blog (no comments are allowed) to tell how she spoke in support of The Great Gove: “I spoke twice this afternoon in the education debate, opposing Labour’s policy to restrict the recruitment options available to head teachers of state schools and preventing them from employing those who they think are the best for the job”. Go on (as if she needs prompting).
Nadine spoons a sufferism
“It is to the great advantage of independent schools that they can employ outside experts in various fields such as music, art etc, people who are distinguished in their field and for whom teaching is a pleasure to benefit children, not a bureaucratic tick boxing exercise”.
Your bouts tonight
Wow, a brand new sport, and there I was thinking that Tory backbenchers sucking up to ministers was boring. Wonder how they get the gloves on? On second thoughts, someone hasn’t checked her copy and spet through a loonerism.
Well, she did once say her blog was 70% fiction.
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