The Judge RANTS!
Don't Teach Them To Think For Themselves!
Some of you may have been aware that the colonial Governor-General
of Airstrip One (or 'Prime Minister', as some insist, archaically, on
calling him) and future International Criminal Court defendant Tony
Blair didn't announce his resignation last Thursday.
He didn't announce his resignation at a school in north London
which he and his followers are lining up to be handed over to another
group of friendly businessmen or religious loonies.
Unfortunately for the B-Liar, news of his visit to the school
leaked out beforehand, and there was a protest organised by anti-war
groups (including that formed by the students) outside the school.
For what happened next, read Lenin's report here.
Please read it before going on to the next bit of this Rant, otherwise
it may not make sense.
The matter doesn't end there, however. The member of staff who let
the public know that Blair was coming has now been suspended, and the
student body in its entirety has been subjected to a tirade of
intimidatory hectoring by the headteacher. This is a woman called Jo
Shuter who, with the chutzpah, effrontery and total lack of
irony-consciousness of the True Believer, also issued the following
(My comments are in [square brackets])
"I can assure you that this behaviour was not supported by anyone
at the school [Except the hundred or so students and staff members
who took part in it]. Indeed we were horrified that our children
had been exploited and abused by a political organisation [Nasty
thing to say about the Labour Party, but there you go...], members
of which had been outside the school gates since 8am. Somehow details
of the visit, though confidential [which is why the media had no
idea that it was taking place, of course: that's why they didn't turn
up...], had been leaked through a website and a picket and
demonstration had been organised without our knowledge or consent [since
when has one needed to get a headteacher's permission to protest
outside the school grounds?].
"The school had not been closed specifically for the visit [It
was surely just a conincidence that nearly all the students were
ordered to go home, and all who were permitted to remain were a few
'safe' ones who could be relied upon to do as they were told]. We
had a planned half day induction for students followed by staff
training in the afternoon. Organisationally this had been in the school
calendar since before the summer break.
"Our students were put in serious danger physically and emotionally
by the outrageous actions of these political 'rabble rousers' [I
know our police can be a bit biased, but this is really unkind],
who had no concern for them as young people but simply used them as
pawns for their own political ends ["not that I can be
accused of doing anything of the sort, oh dear me, no"].
"I have today held a staff meeting ["it will take a few gallons
of eau-de-nil emulsion to cover up the bloodstains on the walls"]
and will be holding a whole school assembly later to explain to the
students how the actions of 50 out of 1500 have been perceived and how
it clearly reflects so poorly on the school ["what I lack in moral
authority, I will make up for by the coercive force of sheer numbers"].
"We pride ourselves on being one of the most improved schools in
the UK. Our students are always our pride and joy ["except when
they express views contrary to mine"]. It is completely out of
character for them to behave in such an unruly, rude and disrespectful
manner ["How dare they think and act for themselves! How can we
maintain our reputation for churning out commerce-fodder consumer units
like this?"]. However the role played by these activists was
cleverly orchestrated and the children were merely fodder for a
political campaign ["I'm expecting my Damehood in the
Non-Resignation Honours List"].
"I personally remain a big supporter of Tony Blair whose policies I
value and who I personally feel is a man of integrity and honesty [see
previous aside. And this is not remotely political. No, really].
"Many thanks for taking the time to contact me. I hope that this
will help to set the record straight."
Oh, it most certainly does, Ms. Shuter, I can assure you. It shows
you to be yet another of the dangerous ideological hacks who have been
allowed to take over the running of our public services, and turning
them into factories of blind, bland, consumer conformity. Your reward
will surely come.