As the push to restart the UK economy intensifies, despite the death toll from the Coronavirus pandemic now estimated by the FT at 60,700, and closing rapidly on the 67,000 that was the civilian death toll for the whole of the Second World War, the Tories and their hangers-on in our free and fearless press have realised that many of the workers they need to entice back to their jobs have school-age children.
So it was that the Murdoch Sun has told readers “THREE cheers for David Blunkett, condemning militant union chiefs and his Labour Party on behalf of our poorest pupils. National Education Union’s refusal to countenance a return to work for teachers, and its ramping up of fear, is a disgrace. So is Labour’s support”. And there was more.
“Kids are far less badly hit by the bug [no citation] and probably far less likely to transmit it [no citation]. And millions of workers have soldiered on through this crisis, or are returning now, while minimising their risk [with many falling ill and dying]. Unions must accept that teachers should be doing the same”. Unions must accept their members are expendable.
This is backed up by a suitably judgmental front page editorial, thundering “what a crashing disappointment that the teaching unions refuse to join the common cause, instead playing petty politics … They are obviously happy to gamble with children’s futures. But the Mail firmly believes most teachers are better than that. The profession’s silent majority knows where their duty lies. We urge them to find their voice”.
The problem for the inmates of the Northcliffe House bunker is that teachers’ reluctance to be corralled back to work might not be unrelated to the fact that at least 26 of them no longer have a voice to find. Because they died after becoming infected with Covid-19.has told, not only could that figure be higher, but “between 9 March and 20 April, a minimum of 65 staff working in the education sector died after contracting the virus”. Worse still, ONS figures show that “There is no evidence of differences in the proportions testing positive between the age categories 2 to 19, 20 to 49, 50 to 69 and 70 years and over”. Children are as likely to become infected as anyone else.
The only difference is that children are less likely to be killed by that infection. But, guess what, their teachers are not. Which means that when the Mail says “Let Our Teachers Be Heroes”, it actually means that it knows some of them will fall ill and die.
But it’s all in a good cause, like keeping the Tory press in obscenely overpaid and cosseted luxury, a style to which they have become accustomed. So that’s all right, then.
Friday, 15 May 2020
Tories Reclassify Teachers As Cannon Fodder
Posted by Tim Fenton at 12:12
Labels: Education, Environment, Health, Politics, Press and Media
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"Which means that when the Mail says “Let Our Teachers Be Heroes”, it actually means that it knows some of them will fall ill and die.'
Have a day been allocated for us to applaud their sacrifice yet?
Just have a look at Brandon Lewis on today's BBC Breakfast trying to explain how on earth you can persuade a group of 5year-olds to socially distance. Another of Bozo's 5th raters who haven't a clue.
Has Eton college gone back?
Corporate media has become far right insanely evil and homicidal.
There is no other adequate description.
One of the most disgusting tabloid front pages ever, in a very competitive field.
It can't be that difficult for someone to calculate the cost in corpses of Johnson and those who surround him's unpreparedness, complacency and misjudgement up to this point. Johnson, Williamson, Hancock and the rest need to be presented with the potential cost in corpses of their current and future actions in this matter.
Daily and publicly.
Meanwhile on the front of the Murdoch Times: 'children and adults have same chance of getting ill'.
You are overrating Brandon Lewis by a considerable margin. He has the I.Q of a lemur.
How much longer before we return to the 'Two Minute Hate' of doctors and nurses?
Why has it taken me years to find Zelo Street. It has taken lockdown. By far the best blog around for the left. Tim's writing and insightfulness has become sharper and smarter over the years. Will be visiting regularly and supporting.
I have long thought Blunkett is an utter *%@&. This has done nothing to disabuse me of that thought.
I'd not be surprised if someone within Doning Street/CCHQ - let's call him Dominic - reasoned "they never vote Tory, so fuck 'em".
Have a look at the badly photoshopped image that the Heil used, and then compare it to the original stock image they used.
Now many changes can you spot in the two pictures
"The profession’s silent majority knows where their duty lies"
"people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves" Margaret Thatcher, 1987
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