July 24th, 2012

Guardian Education Hack Sends Child to Private School

By admitting that she sends her daughter to a private school, Janet Murray – one of the Guardian‘s top education journalists, has triggered plenty of hand-wringing today.  Murray tells of her difficulty at walking her five-year-old walk to school in a “straw blazer and boater”, comparing herself to that paragon of virtue Diane Abbott for putting her child before her career. Annoying when those pesky lefty ideals get in the way of reality eh?

The education world is certainly surprised by Murray’s Damascene conversion and she’s getting it in the neck from the left and the right. Murray ends her mea culpa to the left by passionately imploring:

I plan to send Katy to a state secondary if I can, but if I find myself dissatisfied with what is on offer, I will go private again. Until local schools meet families’ needs and cater for each individual child, can you blame people for putting their hand in their pocket?

Welcome to the real world Janet.


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    But its ok for the left.

  2. 2

    Will she go to the wall?

  3. 3
    man who sleep on problem wake up in solution says:

    School is for retards.

  4. 4
    cupcake says:

    Fuck em. Kill all lefty parasites and save the world.

  5. 5
    Guardian Reader from a Yurt in North Korea says:

    We educate Tarquin and Crystal about the world ourselves using incantations and native Indian chants.

  6. 6
    Article 38 says:

    Ah, but don’t you see that Janet is educating her child privately for all the correct reasons – it’s not because she is a selfish toff trying to entrench class privilege. In fact she’s a victim of the class system – if the evil Tories hadn’t entrenched the advantages of private education into British society this wouldn’t be necessary. I feel for her, I really do.

  7. 7
    David B says:

    Do as the left says not as they do

  8. 8
    Ed Miliband's style guru says:

    Sending her kids to school in a “straw blazer???” – That’s fucking cruel and could catch fire at anytime.

  9. 9
    Webwrights says:

    “A straw blazer”, eh. Is that to make it easier for the mad lefty hypocrites to burn a wicker-child.

  10. 10
    Nicola Clubb says:

    It would be nice if the rest of us had the money to send their children to private schools, but with the cost of living only the top few percent can afford to.

  11. 11
    brown out and pay me damages says:

    Who cares other than lefty numpties?

  12. 12
    M says:

    Putting her child first 1st is understandable
    But everyone else should put theirs 2nd

    Do as I say not as I do

  13. 13
    Aunty Matter says:

    How many times do you proles have to be told? Taxes and shit state schools are NOT for the rich liberal left.

    This dopey cow has probably written bucketfuls of shit about how wonderful state schools are and how everyone should pay their taxes.

    Except we see the left (the BBC and Guardian avoiding paying due taxes) and of course leftist women like Toynbee, Harman and Fatbutt sending their kids to private or selective schools.

    But NOTHING is said about it.

  14. 14
    bodo says:

    Typical of the pollygentsia.

    Where does she live? The rich and vibrant local comp is not for her precious offspring.

    Why not do a Bragg and bugger off to Dorset?

  15. 15
    Aunty Matter says:

    I wonder if she pays the fees cash in hand?

  16. 16
    PitPony says:

    Hang on a bit. Sending the girl private means that the Leftie is putting the girl’s education before the her career.
    How does that work? You mean she can afford to trash her career and still have the means to afford private education?

  17. 17
    U DO says:

    Who reads it, FFS?

  18. 18
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Yes, she will, and I’ll be pulling the trigger.

  19. 19
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    I might want to live in Dorset myself one day, so keep the Pollygentsia out of there. Better still, just shoot all the hypocritical scum.

  20. 20
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    I assume Ms Murray’s daughter was adopted. She can’t be the natural mother, because no man would want to put his tool anywhere near her and knock er up. Further proof that the Left doesn’t have any decent birds.

  21. 21
    Rack Straw says:

    I’m pretty sure none of those commenting on this article went to private school.

  22. 22
    Stalin's Ghost says:

    Step forward any Guardianista, Independenti, or Beeboid that believes they are not a hypocrite, and be subject to scrutiny in order to receive the Order of Lenin 3rd Class.

  23. 23
    What do you expect from the left (BBC)... says:

    Funny how these hypocritical lefties behave like this when their own kids are involved isn’t it! Rest of us have to take what our bloody lefty leaders give us and be forever grateful.

    They wonder why we just HATE them.

  24. 24
    Tuscan Tony says:

    A blood relation, surely. From the 1990s epic Dumb & Dumber by odd coincidence.

  25. 25
    What the fuck's the point of Media Guido, FFS ?? says:

    So is Media Guido.

    +++++ BREAKING WIND +++++

    News just in: Orkney and Shetlanders are officially the most contented people in Britain.

  26. 26
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Most of us don’t have a say in where we go to school. The hypocrisy is in sending your own kids to private schools but expecting everybody else to send their kids to state schools. That’s what this thrread’s about.

  27. 27
    Nullbymouth says:

    In case any of the readership wish to invest in a raffia hat #WTF


  28. 28
    SP4BS says:

    “cater for each individual child”

    So she paid for the class size to be 11.
    You’d have to be living in the orkneys and be lucky to get that sort of pupil-teacher ratio.

  29. 29
    Aunty Matter says:

    spot on

  30. 30
    SP4BS says:

    “A free school in Norwich, for example, is open six days a week, 51 weeks a year. This is what more state schools should be doing.”

    thats a “Free childcare school”

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t think you would like to live in the Dorset county capitol Norman.
    It is being gradually destroyed as a result of the continuing process of ram-roading building policies through despite the opposition of the residents.

  32. 32
    Bogeyman says:

    Just read her article. Her logic is perfectly sound, yet she is being crucified by the Guardian idiotcracy.

    This is, of course, familiar to anyone visiting their comment pages. Guardianistas do not recognise sound logic.

  33. 33
    Van it, E? Fair? says:

    are you old enough to remember the thumbs up/down fiasco?

    well, this is the next fuck up.

  34. 34
    G K Chesterton says:

    The English have not spoken yet.

  35. 35
    SP4BS says:

    do you like the bit where she’s suggesting that staffing levels need to be about 4x higher?

  36. 36
    G K Chesterton says:

    About 50’000 people would voluntarily ‘take’ the Guardian. The other readers are just people like me who enjoy the sensation of their own piss coming to the boil.

    However, for some reason the ‘Conservatives’ are hell-bent on appeasing these Animal-Farm-Pig-People, and fall into the little traps of the left every time.

    Just ignore the fuckers. I’ll put £45 million on their little mouthpiece not being around in its current form too much longer.

  37. 37
    DoAsISay says:

    Even lefties should be able to spend their money as they see fit. They shouldn’t however comment taking a contrary view and try and deny the same to others. Twats.

  38. 38
    JH says:


    I don’t recall my teachers needing ‘classroom assistants’ to teach 30-odd kids.

    They just needed a whiteboard, some pens, and the requisite number of tables and chairs.

    If we were really, really lucky they might get the overhead projector out. But the bulb was usually fucked.

  39. 39
    Get a Grip says:

    Private education has very little to do with actual learning, although the small class sizes and individual attention are very helpful if you have a very thick child.
    I have worked with many public school types and liked as many of them as I have of any other social group, but they are, as a group, not particularly widely read or erudite. They do tend to have a knowledge of some subjects not normally taught in state schools, such as Latin and Art History, which gives them a veneer of education, and of course, a nice accent and, as a rule, a self confidence which, in some individuals, borders on insanity.
    But essentially private schools are about networking. You meet people who might be useful to you later and you apply for jobs at companies and institutions run by other public school types.
    This is unspoken but perfectly well understood by the likes of our Janet. But my goodness, this kind of leftie hypocrisy really makes my teeth itch.

  40. 40
    Bogeyman says:

    A “nice accent”? What, you mean normal English instead of the hideous Jafaico-mockney upspeak polluting the air in most other schools.

  41. 41
    Alan Rufbadger says:

    Leftist hypocrite!
    Ooops, tautology.

  42. 42
    Obi Wan Kenobi Nil says:

    She better get that kid a good education because there wont be a Guardian by the time she gets to high school.

  43. 43
    plonk says:

    They just needed a whiteboard, some pens, and the requisite number of tables and chairs.

    In my day we had blackboards and chalk but we were obviously racists

  44. 44
    Rack Straw says:

    I imagine she’s fairly indifferent to where you send your kids, rather than ‘expecting’ you to send them to state school.

    I’m also fairly sure the lack of quality in state schools isn’t her fault either.

  45. 45

    Further proof that Leftie men have no discrimination.

  46. 46

    Is this what counts as logical argument in Leftie circles? The lack of quality in State schools is almost entirely down to left-wing educational ideology, which Ms. Murray supports as a career choice. She is not, however, prepared to live to her professed ideals when it comes to her own children.. If you are supporting Ms. Murray, please stick to the point instead of trying displacement activity.

  47. 47
    Rack Straw says:

    “Is this what counts as logical argument in Leftie circles?” This, at least, made me chuckle.

    Try and recall what happened to state secondary education under Conservative administrations from 1979-97. If you’re unable to recall, then let me remind you: it got an awful lot worse in many respects. Leftie ideology, eh?

  48. 48
    Rob says:

    Putting her career at risk? How, exactly?

    Oh, and the Guardian obviously pays well. Not many can afford to send their kid to a private school.

    And for the idiots who still don’t get it, she can educate her child in whatever way she sees fit, but she is a hypocrite for working for an organisation which despises private education, despite everyone there being privately educated.

  49. 49
    Get a Grip says:


  50. 50
    Greychatter says:

    But most of these Lefty journos are privately educated – it’s only the hard working middle and right wing majority who are forced to use the Left wing Union dominated schools for their kids. Do as I say not as I do!!

  51. 51
    ed martin says:

    there’s little evidence that school ‘works’ in a positive way – though its effects can’t be excluded from the destruction of the financial system, willingly caused by its brightest products

    evidence of the negative results of a system that dictates uniformity?

  52. 52
    K says:

    The amount of stick she is getting just shows what nasty, spiteful people we have in this country. No wonder it’s gone to shit.

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