August 8th, 2012

Unions Blocking School Sports

Along with being berated by a cancer patient for sending Indians into space rather than paying for her treatment, the PM weighed into the school sports debate on LBC this morning. Dave told listeners:

“The problem has been too many schools not wanting to have competitive sport, some teachers not really wanting to join in and play their part, and so if we want to have a great sporting legacy for our children. More competition, more competitiveness, getting rid of the idea of all must win prizes, and you can’t have a competitive sports day.”

A micro-row has brewed with one time shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham claiming the Tories were to blame for scrapping mandatory sports time. Either way, more sports activity for our children is out of the governments’ hands. Once again the unions are going to choke this off. Official advice given by the NASUWT teaching union in the build up to their autumn strike means that more sport will be impossible. Before strike action even begins, this is what NASUWT have ordered their members to do:

“Members should refuse to attend any meetings and activities outside school session times which are not on the school calendar and which are not within directed time. Members should refuse to agree to timetable changes where no sound educational reasons have been given for the change.

Members should refuse to undertake supervision of pupils during the lunch break.”

Well that’s that then.


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Winners not allowed.

  2. 2

    Andy Burnham may prefer a good fisting.

  3. 3
    Qt. Hon. Dave Lightweight MP says:

    The boating facilities at some of these comps I gather are shocking.

  4. 4
    Selohesra says:

    Saw a good t-shirt today. It just said “3 rasons to be a teacher …… June, July, August”

  5. 5
    Michael Gove says:

    Fuck Orf !

  6. 6
    tommy5d says:

    The Union guidelines are fair enough if you look at how some schools treat their teachers… I have no idea why primary schools hire dinner-ladies but secondaries don’t.

  7. 7
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Dave, wind up ALL teacher’s unions ban them forever – they are all useless and reactionary and always have been. Get a grip mate….

  8. 8
    The stench of corruption says:

    With regards to this and the previous thread:

    It’s time we accepted that this so-called democracy lark is just that. It doesn’t matter that much whether it’s a Labour or a Tory government we have. Apart from some surface differences, they both pour billions down the EU drain, the foreign aid drain, and that’s because that’s what the political establishment has deemed to be the status quo they prefer.

    This isn’t a tinfoil claim, it’s got nothing to do with those absurd “new world order” bollocks that conspiracy theorists are obsessed with, especially as they’re fixated on the notion it’s all secret and covert. That’s the whole point: there’s nothing mysterious about it, it’s in plain sight for all to see. We’re treated like shills of the state, made to believe that, for example, Cameron is different from Miliband, or Blair is different from Major. Cameron or Major would have taken us into Iraq just as Blair did and just as Brown and Miliband would have had they been in that position. These cocks are just figureheads, bound by what a whole load of vested interests want – namely, our money.

    UKIP will never form the government. It’s too small and everything is set against them. You just have to accept the sad fact that whoever resides in Downing St, the gravy train to Europe and the steady chute of cash to despotic nuclear states will carry on.

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    mark serwotka says:

    Oh goodie another strike i can join in with

  11. 11
    lolathebeautiful says:

    Sack the fuckers

  12. 12
    ed martin says:

    are schools much use for anything beyond drone manufacture?

  13. 13

    It is very hot here today.

    The temperature is in Centigrade.

    (Won’t give any numbers in case I get told to wear that hat again.)



  14. 14
    Lord Coe (Ca-Cola) says:

    Where’s Francis Maude when you need him? I thought he was supposed to be sorting out these Teaching Union Nazis?…

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    Camilla Parker-Starney says:

    It’s not even a question of having sports and not having it. A rigorous private school will play rugby, football, cricket and offer a host of other sports whilst a weak state school will offer a sack race where everyone gets a prize.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Depends how you wear it, particularly on the nudie beach.

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    Moussa Koussa says:

    Clutching at Straws now.

    Unions are to blame for no PE…. I’m finally lost for words.

    The Blair and Brown years seem to have produced a hell of a lot of successful sports people.

    Ennis – 11 in 1997
    Farah – 13 in 1997
    Daley – 3 in 1997
    Every single gold medal rower – school age in 1997
    Most gold cycling medals – school age in 1997

    …what am I on about, 99% of our medallists were all school age ( between 5 -13 ) in 1997.

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    Raving Loon says:

    Of course the unions block it. The main purpose of teaching unions is to make Teachers’ lives as cushy as possible, regardless of the impact to children. Teaching unions are universally anti education (except the socialist re-education type of education!)

  19. 19
    Piers Morgan says:

    Damn,I forgot the words to our National Anthem.

    Can anyone help please ?

  20. 20
    Moussa Koussa says:


    rugby, football, cricket . 3 sports that we are currently shite at.

  21. 21
    Billy Pilgrim says:

    Speaking as one who withstood endless Wednesday and Friday afternoons on cold wet football and rugby pitches, thank God they sold them off!

  22. 22

    I know this sounds self serving, in more senses than one, but I will shout it anyway:


    *** I support Pussy Riot ***

  23. 23
    a non says:

    You could always use Kelvins.

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    Bugler Bert says:

    The best thing to do is nothing; for when the 2016. 2020 & 2024 Games come, the teenagers and young adults [ex state schools] realize who has robbed them of the chance to compete, they may taken action against the slimy, left-wing layabout members of the NUT and the NAS/UWT – lynches perhaps?

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    Jimmy says:

    Why are the TUC and Unison logos on this story?

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    Chief Cashier says:

    And you wonder why people strive to send their children to private schools. Teachers in private schools are better paid, better teachers and put more hours in above the school hours.
    PS Are the unions still run by communists?

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    Teachers don’t want to teach, police don’t want to police, nurses don’t want to nurse. All we have are form fillers.
    Dumbed down lazy fucking twats.

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    Moussa Koussa says:

    What is your twat leader on about

    We have had our most successful games ever.

    All our competitors went to school, did PE, competed at sports days. All would site that school introduced them to their sport

    What exactly is cockboy on about

  30. 30

    A striking observation, if I may say so.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    It’s rather too warm for clothes in Middlesex today, dear. I’ve just been doing a spot of gentle dibbing in the garden.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    A directive from 6 figure salaried union leaders. Left wing agenda comes before the kids, only the teachers and some parents are too stupid to see it. Mind you most teachers are lazy chip on the shoulder arsewipes.

  34. 34

    When I was quite young, I used to think that Middlesex was a sexual alignment, dear.

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    SP4BS says:

    Dave says “The problem has been too many schools not wanting to have competitive sport”

    Has he counted them? I perhaps went to school in a different time and in a seemingly different country.

    I feel contractually obliged to say “sacks? Prizes? Luxury!”

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Wavy Davy and unions equally to blame. You try batting on a cricket pitch where the money hasn’t been spent to prepare it properly. Virtually all young cricketers now come through club colts schemes because schools cannot afford the gear (rollers, scarifiers, quality seed/treatments) needed to prepare a safe wicket.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    You’re thinking of the missionary position, dear.

  38. 38
    kelvin climb says:

    Leave mny undies out of this

  39. 39
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    You are an imposter. Gobby Gove never uses one word where one hundred will do.

  40. 40
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Absolutely; the sooner someone sacks Gobby Gove the better.

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    …demonstrating that their pathway was formed before New Labour came to power.

    You don’t decide in your mid-teens to suddenly become a great athlete.

    Back to school again, Moose.

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    AC1 says:

    By then children have learnt not to eat state food, and are just learning not to listen to state indoctrination.

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    Write On says:

    What about the neighbours, Elsie? Do they mind your naked dibbing?

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    beast says:

    at my school you were punished if you refused a run on a wet cold winters day by pulling a sickie
    thanks for paying for that mummy

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    a non says:

    Far superior to just a bit on the side.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I would have no problem playing cricket on the fields of Eton, where a fortune has been spent to prepare a safe wicket. Suggesting any school can prepare a safe wicket without money is like suggesting Gobby Gove can pass a journalist without pontificating.

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    Malolactic conversion is a process in winemaking where tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid.

    Also known as MLF (no I)

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    I am all in favour of clutching at Straws, as long as the clutching is done with a pair of red hot pincers.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Not at all, dear. Anyway, they suddenly all had to go shopping.

  51. 51
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    In your case I believe it is something about the land of the free…..

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    AC1 says:

    Also the other paying parents care about their child’s education, so they won’t have thier children stuck in school with the disruptive underclass mongs of parents who send them there solely “coz it getz zem out ov ma heeh”.

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    Daniel says:

    So Labour are responsible for Tom Daley because he was three years old in 1997?!

    Well Jessica Ennis was three years old in 1989. And Chris Hoy is 36 so we can thank Thatcher for him, then? And the girl who won two gold medals yesterday in the cycling is still in her teens.

    But you’re right – it’s all down to Tony and Gordon.

  54. 54

    lоlаctіc cоnvеrsіоn іs а prоcеss іn wіnеmаkіng whеrе tаrt-tаstіng mаlіc аcіd, nаturаlly prеsеnt іn grаpе must, іs cоnvеrtеd tо sоftеr-tаstіng lаctіc аcіd.

    Аlsо knоwn аs MLF (nо І)

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Tom Daley came fourth, btw.

    I hope he knows he let Tony down.

    (That was quick – SWAT team at the door already!)

  56. 56
    Liam Byrne says:

    There’s no money left.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    When did Andy Burnham become Shadow Education Secretary?

  58. 58
    mark serwotka says:

    We don’t like the term communist we are progressive thinking wealth redistribution experts

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    Just wondering says:

    Are you the Michael Gove who has approved 21 of the 22 applications you have received to sell off playing fields to developers, despite condemning the practice in opposition?

  60. 60 says:

    British money for British people.

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    SouthEastVoter says:

    How many went to Private School?

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    Tomorrow's Chip Wrapper says:

    I would also suggest that old bugbear Health & Safety and the fact that you have to complete a risk assessment in triplicate if you supervise sports and especially if you do so(voluntarily) outside normal school hours i.e. weekends or if you are visiting another school on an away fixture has a lot to do with it as well

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Well, you know the old saying; if you can,do; if you can’t, teach; if you can’t even teach look into your family tree to find out how closely related you are to Gobby Gove.

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    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    I think you have the wrong end of the stick. She means union indoctrinated teachers!

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    in the garden shed, with the binoculars says:

    Don’t wind the old boy up, Elsie. We don’t want him having any more kittens.

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    The General Public says:

    Our TeamGB competitors were all in athletics clubs outside school, staffed by people committed to excellence.

    No teaching trade unionist has ever brought anyone or anything to world-beating standard – if you don’t count throwing sickies and whingeing, obviously.

  67. 67
    Tardkiller says:

    4th in the world

    3rd in the world (how i don’t know)

    1st in the world.

    you talk shit

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    pilsdon says:

    Burnham is health Twigg is education

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    Gordony Brian says:

    ;- ) @ 5.20

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    Belton John says:

    Very deep.

  71. 71
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Only football, methinks, Moussaka, me old china!

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    Vladimir Putin says:

    Pussy Riot are innocent !

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    Duty spelling pedant says:


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    Jess The Dog says:

    So how will scrapping PE help?

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    Yeah. Kelvin has a great hat. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if cat borrowed it for the nudie beach.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Quite. I suggest that if Wavy Davy thinks cricket in schools is a good idea he should be forced to face the England Schools opening bowler on a typical state school wicket – preferably whilst wearing 20 year old kit (including cracked box) from the school kit bag.

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    the rec says:

    i m your secret doppelganger

  78. 78
    Dave says:

    I fancy an Indian tonight.

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    Boris says:

    Did someone mention pussy?

  80. 80
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    51% according to Moynihan!

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    Hawrh109 says:

    And what do you lot actually do? Because you seem to have a hell of a lot of time to post on here. Not every teacher is left wing or even a member of the unions. Not every teacher is crap. Not every teacher goes home at 3pm. Not every teacher doesn’t take part in after school activities. As a teacher I accept that there are bad teachers among us. But to try and compare private and stare education really is a non starter. Look at the amount of money per pupil an independent school gets. Look at the level of support from many of the parents. Look at the policies state teachers have to work with – inclusion and behaviour for a start. Try supporting those teachers that do believe in a disciplined, competitive and academic school system but at the same time understand that we can only work with what we are given. And also try looking at the MP’s working calendar before berating our holidays.

  82. 82 says:

    Weren’t the left wingers whinging that most of these medal winners went to private schools? You seem to want it both ways.

  83. 83
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Is it true that Baldrick Burnham has spent the NHS budget on a huge turnip?

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    Simon Walsh says:

    I nearly went Fifty Shades of Grey then

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Just so no one is under the misapprehension that you are making a sensible post, he is probably responding to the bleating about most of the home grown competitors having not attended state sector schools.
    He is making a valid point that the lazy unionised fuckers who teach in these schools, but who don’t believe its part of their job to enforce standards of discipline, or encourage the sporting endevours of their pupils, should take a long hard look in the mirror.

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    George Gallahway says:


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    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    “All would site that school introduced them to their sport”

    But mainly those that went to private school!

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    You haven’t quite grasped this site, have you. The posters fall into 3 groups; the retired (inc. me); the unemployed, unemployable and retarded (most) and the idiot sons of Lords and MPs who are paid by their daddies to infest blogs. You can guess the level of content this tends to deliver.

  89. 89 says:

    Look at the lack of motivation children face in state schools. That doesn’t cost money. It is a matter of attitude and ideology.

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    It’s an odd hobby you have Moussa.

    Posting stuff that make you look like a total c unt and seemingly having an insatiabile appetite for doing it.

    If you are going to troll you might try to do it with some wit and style.

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    Brown out now and pay me damages. says:

    So many fat kids.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    O/T but you’ve got to love the smart-arse Tittygraph readers attacking Google for paying for their new premises from “untaxed profits”:

    Poor dears, blissfully unaware that the moral of their accusations is:
    1. Slash taxes for businesses and individuals – and the wasteful public spending that is funded by it
    2. Leave more money in people’s/businesses’ pockets to inject into the economy.

    Just how fucking difficult can it be?

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    Teachers Hubby says:

    Unions suggesting members don’t work free at lunchtime, in the evenings or at weekends no wonder the economy is in a mess why stop at teachers force all workers to work compulsory unpaid overtime

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Are you a member of the French cycling team by any chance? British humour seems a bit lost on you.

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    He would but the tears it brings to his eyes plays havoc with his mascara.

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    Socialist Workers Party says:

    Competition is wrong. Everyone’s a winner.

  97. 97 says:

    MPs calendar? Quite! Another rancid part of the public sector that thinks they are superior to everybody else.

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    Lord Cashbox of DeSleaze says:

    m a non-progressive wealth redistribution expert. Isn’t that right Don Carlos?

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    It’s their entire raison d’etre.

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    Stanley Holloway says:

    Where did you get that cat?
    Where did you get that smile?
    Isn’t he a nobby one?
    With such a lot of style.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    We need to make Piggy Pickles Education Secretary to set an example.

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    And that was ‘British humour’ was it?

    Fucking hell. Standards must be slipping.

  103. 103 says:

    We shall just forget about their over-generously, privileged holiday entitlements then?

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    Keeping the vile little fucks off the streets for a few hours every weekday.

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    OnBenefits says:

    You missed rabid righties out.

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    Or, indeed, raison d’autres.

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    OnBenefits says:

    Physical Education?

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    OnBenefits says:

    MPs you mean?

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Obviously you are from the middle east judging by your name – so you will not grasp the concept of humour at all. Strange how rapidly foreigners master English vernacular.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    And for that we are very grateful to you, headmaster.

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    @Gordony Brian

    I actually indulge in Angelolatry.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    And go against the blog’s house style?

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    Made in Belfast says:

    School PE has been a joke for so long! You can’t say, “It’s not winning, it’s the taking part that counts!” if no beggar wins!

    Kids are so coddled that everyone is special (even Disney mocked that in “The Incredibles”) that they can’t accept that they can’t do something! (See X Factor early rounds).

    Who does Dave blame for the fact that every patch of playing field out there is at risk of being sold by desperate councils for housing?

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    Anonymous says:

    *licks furiously*

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    Conservative Party says:

    Decomposition is right. Everyones a wanker.

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    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    b+, shows promise.

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    Boris says:

    I’ll stick up for them too!

    Catellus seditionem.

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    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    At least Labour and the EU pump money into my part of the world.

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    never did anything for me says:

    Even flawed ones?

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    pilsdon says:

    no he used a magic money tree grown in a bill and ben flowerpot using the ppi ed
    piper to help

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    Anonymous says:

    “Being sold by desperate councils for housing…”

    Why exactly are they “desperate” ? Short of money for community outreach counsellors and climate change awareness officers ?

    And why more “housing” ? Something to do with mass uncontrolled Third World immigration, perchance ?

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    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Not really that funny. Don’t give up the day job!

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    I'll have some of that says:

    Try reading the link about Gove rebutting the smears (Seen Elsewhere, top right of page) instead of mindlessly regurgitating the garbage you feast on from the Grauniad. Twat.

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    Jock says:

    fair enough then. But, as a quid pro quo, perhaps we should have back the 5 days we lose to staff training, meaning that, in my kids school, rather than 195 days education a year, they only get 190 days. Can we have another look at that then?

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    Stobrith says:

    “Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.” Chapter 3 of Lewis Carroll’s: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    This was the verdict of the Dodo…..and look what happened to the Dodos !!

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    Anonymous says:

    Would the defenders of individual freedom like to explain how they justify forcing teachers to volunteer their spare time to run sports clubs?

    If you want sports teachers, employ sports teachers.

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    Anonymous says:

    I dont remember Tony and co being wildly keen on competitive sport themselves when they were in. Trust Andy (im a scouser , i am ) Burnham to put in his 3 pennorth !

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    Madeleine Cakebread says:

    Yes, according to current thinking.

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    Andy Coulson's monkey says:

    Guido has quotes NASUWT but used another union’s logo. 0/10. Back of the class!

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    Izzy or Izn't he says:

    And lefty shills

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    Dave Leclerc says:

    Has Peter been ousted ?

  134. 134

    Wanker. Rimmer. Where did the gold go? He has half of it round his neck. Tosser – in case I did not get my message across clearly.

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    Lou Scannon says:

    Members should refuse to undertake supervision of pupils during the lunch break.
    The school is legally responsible for pupils while they’re on school premises, are they not ? So who exactly are the unions expecting to keep an eye on the little monsters during this period ?

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    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Oh no, pointy hat time again!!! You wrote, “The temperature is in Centigrade” which does not make sense. I think you meant “The temperature is measured in degrees Centigrade”

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    Higher IQ says:

    Jusr wondering who is responsible for the little dears during the lunch break, if it ain’t the teachers?

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    Anonymous says:

    You better start paying them properly and treating them with a bit of respect if you expect them to give up their free time after school to coach sports.

    Why on earth should they help out when they are treated like crap?

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    South of the M4 says:

    In my daughters school they refused them re-entry into the school building. Thus, they either stayed outside in the rain, or went into the local town. Myself, and other parents, tackled the head about this and there seemed to be no understanding of ‘the legal responsibility’. We were left with the impression that beyond the classroom, the teaching profession (or maybe union) could not give a *uck. Is this modern Britain?

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    Anonymous says:


    Although any other day, Guido would be calling sports coaches at school public sector parasites….

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    Anonymous says:

    the stables aren’t up to much either

    tally ho

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    South of the M4 says:

    One half day per week away from the classroom for ‘ lesson planning’ morphed into one day off per fortnight for ‘ lesson planning ‘ – which morphed into one day off each fortnight to go shopping or sleep in etc. Many great teachers exist – but many more are being trained to be shysters. An unintended consequence?

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    Amounderness Lad says:

    Perhaps we should only pay teachers for the time they spend teaching instead of paying them not to be working during all the long holidays they get. That way they could have four weeks paid holidays per year like most other workers and the rest of the time off they take would then be unpaid.

    Those teachers who care about their pupils and take part in any additional school activities could have that time used to reduce the amount additional unpaid holiday time they get outside of the normal four weeks paid holidays the rest of the population get.

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    Dinner lady says:

    Secondaries do hire us, but only because there is no one better

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    Out with the violin says:

    Have some cheese with that whine

    And you know full well you get a lot more holiday than lesser paid and harder workers

    You blame the MPs just like you blame victims of bullying

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    Teechin profeshunal says:

    It is becoming clearer that Balls does not like winners because he never won anything ever while he was at school, not even an egg and spoon race.

  149. 149
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    Yes, but my union advocates dont donts…

  150. 150
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    bit on the croquet side are they?

  151. 151
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    The cookery teacher uses self raison flour.

  152. 152
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    Creme de la creme and chips please luv.

  153. 153
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    But not a tenth as much as the rest of us have to pump into Brussels.

  154. 154
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    Tris, are you one of us?

  155. 155
    Teechin profeshunal says:

    That’s just a mere overcite.

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    Simple innit says:

    If you don’t build the houses these wanderers will have to go somewhere else, won’t they? Then the councils would not be so desperate. Maybe some of the “visitors” may even wander off back where they came from in the first place.

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    teechin profeshunal says:

    Yup, nice innit?

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    Procrustes says:

    Do not forget yourself – trolls make up a growing % of the content. Are you being paid by the word?

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    Hang on a minute says:

    What,exacty do your terms and condiitons have to do with who posts what and when? Why do you think those of us who were taught to think critically at school believe the ramblings of the gibbering classes,or agree with Guido? Just because some of us do not comment on everything does not imply agreement.

    You may feel insulted by some comments but your own are equally insulting. Like much of the country you are presenting your assumptions as fact. Stop.

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    JH says:

    Moussaf Socialism wants us to be shit at those sports, desperately.

    Gramsciian lefties find it harder to crack countries that are competent and proud, hence the insessant attempts to have people believe that *everything* apart from a yet-bigger state and left-wing vanity projects are of no value.

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    Anonymous says:

    “The problem has been too many schools not wanting to have competitive sport”

    Tory lie.

    “Once again the unions are going to choke this off.”

    At worst only a temporary strike-related action.

    So effectively a Greedo lie. In other words, a Tory lie.

  162. 162
    JH says:

    Good. Over-promoted little mincer.

    I hope he belly flops in from a critical dive in the 10m final.

  163. 163
    JH says:

    32% of our medal winners thus far were not privately educated. Hardly ‘mainly’, is it?

  164. 164
    Johannes Brahmins says:

    We want to be close to a school with good sports facilities.


    Oh …..

  165. 165
    JH says:

    No one is forcing them. The fact that the unions are forbidding them to do so is where the compulsion comes in, as usual they do*not*give*a*shit about the children they are so happy to exploit as some sort of moral force field.

    No point explaining that to you though. A c’unt is a c’unt.

  166. 166
    Johnny says says:

    “A micro-row has brewed with shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham claiming the Tories were to blame for scrapping mandatory sports time.”

    What is it with Westminster that they almost all believe the answer to everything is the State? You won’t get people to excel at sport by forcing them to do it.

  167. 167
    DameIreneWard says:

    Gove has done a reasonable job but his first action should have been to move all schools to “free” status within two years of the start of this government. Privatising education and putting choice and power in the hands of parents is an important step in reducing the deadhand of local authorities and unions on education. Good schools would prosper and be able to expand or take over the failing ones. School holidays should be cut and the school day extended by an hour, plus Saturday mornings to allow for sports.

  168. 168
    Hawrh109 says:

    That’s right; my comments were aimed at every single one of you. You’re so right and I am so wrong, I bow down to your infinite wisdom. Please accept my apologies and I will work 365 days next year xxx

  169. 169
    Mike says:

    The reason so many school playing fields are sold off is because so many of the teaching professions and members of the LEAs are aginst competitive sport.
    When many grammar schools became comprehensives , many of the teachers who had played sport at university and who coached the school teams left, either to public schools or remaining grammar schools. If one looks at the bastions of left wing thought ,LSE, Sussex, Goldsmiths etc, etc, very few have good sports teams. Very few left middle class people ever enjoyed sports at school and/or university and have allowed their disdain for such activities to influence education policy.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Staggered teachers breaks.
    I’ll wait for office workers to do a few hours tutoring after work, for no money, beford commenting further.

  171. 171
    Putney Dissenter says:

    Congratulation to Conservative Wandsworth Borough Council for agreeing to sell off a large proportion of Elliot School’s playing fields to property developers just as the British Olympic medal total peaks. Great PR. Hopefully when the number of pupils is halved and ARK turns itself into a profit-making body we’ll be able to look forward to the years of Tory dominance with real fondness. No, I don’t think so either.

  172. 172
    keredybretsa says:

    I remember back 60 years a lad running round+round a Sportsfield. Never made the House footie/cricket teams nor represented the School in any sport activity. Usually made the Scraps XI whatawinner. Long before Health+Safety & Human Rights. Now I guess the Sportsfields have been flogged & developed for homes.

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