More less than totally grown up debate from Tobes
“Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life” told the headline, reminding anyone still bothered that it’s all about Himself Personally Now. But do go on. “When I got an email from the Evening Standard’s education correspondent at 06.29am yesterday I had no idea that my life was about to turn to shit”. And what form would this, er, shit have taken?
The Standard had asserted “Toby Young today admitted running a free school is more difficult than he thought as he prepares to step down as CEO of the West London Free School Trust”. What was his problem with that? “At no point had I said, either in my email [response to the Standard] or in the Schools Week interview, that ‘running a free school’ was ‘harder than I thought’”. But it was, wasn’t it, Tobes?
Otherwise, why did the WLFS have to have Sally Coates parachuted in to sort things out after the sudden departure of Sam Naismith, the senior school’s second headmaster, who departed not just in the middle of the school term, but midweek too? The Standard, and indeed every media outlet that picked up on Tobes’ Schools Week interview with Laura McInerney, would have had no problem standing up their stories.
Some time before Tobes committed his coursework submission for the Practical and Applied Chronic Whinging GCSE, writer and director Graham Linehan had seen the Standard headline and observed “It's difficult for teachers. What made London's Village Idiot think he could do it?” Tobes wants above all to be accepted as one of the Metropolitan elite. The last thing he wants is to see someone with significantly more media credibility telling the world that he’s a hick.
Those who concluded that Tobes was protesting just a little too much now know why.