August 30th, 2012

Scilly Spring Latest: Island Rebels Boosted By Email Leaks

Back in May, Guido brought you a crystal clear example of vested interests blocking reform. The fight put up by the Isles of Scilly council against their local school becoming an academy was a perfect microcosm of the problems faced up and down the country.

We wrote“The headteacher of the only school on the Isles of Scilly was hastily suspended yesterday, without explanation, after it emerged that he was venturing to the mainland and travelling all the way to London to discuss potential Academy status for his school.” 

It only took three and a half months of stonewalling, illegal FOI blocking and digging, but finally the proof we knew was there has found the light of day. Many laughed when we ran our original posting but the Telegraph and the BBC finally caught up, picking up on the culture of fear on the islands.

We were first and bang on the money, as today’s leak to a Cornish local paper proves. The locally loathed Council Chief Executive Philip Hygate has been caught red-handed illegally circumventing the school governors and attempting to suspend the Headteacher himself. Just as we reported. His position as the islands’ well-remunerated überfuhrer is looking pretty shaky this afternoon. Meanwhile, Guido understands the islanders’ wish for an elected Mayor is not out of the question…


  1. 1
    Pierrepoint says:

    Do they not have hanging on the Scilly Isles?


  2. 2
    qwerty says:

    Not forgetting “The Gimps” Free School policy, aided by Ultra Mong Toby Young, is also in total disarray.


    • 6
      Animal says:

      Really? Seems to be going okay despite the mendacious efforts of shouty lying totalitarian whingers who simply hate the idea that an individual might want to have a choice in how their child is educated.


      • 12
        qwerty says:


        Over half of the free schools which planned to open in sept have already fallen through. There are still less than 100 free schools, and most of those are tiny one class operations…FACT


        • 17
          Animal says:

          Care to mention local authority bullying of parents over school selection and the impact on free school applications, or why it’s so bad to allow parents and communities to have more say in the education of their own children?

          No? Thought not.


          • Anonymous says:

            Care to mention how Wanker Gove and his mates lie about public support for ‘free’ schools (- paid for by robbing community schools of the money they need to keep their buildings in good repair)?

            How people get asked if they would like more ‘information’ and anyone responding gets counted as a supporter and applicant for a place at the ‘school’?

            Thought not.


          • Animal says:

            So you actually believe that parents having more choice in how their children are educated without needing to be high earners is a bad thing? Must be absolutely galling to you to see some kids be given an opportunity to escape your control-freakery.


        • 28
          smoggie says:

          Sad bastard apologiser for his commisariat. yap, yap there’s a good little poodle, qweerty… and here’s a biccy for you.


        • 44
          Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

          If it’s a toss up between a NUT approved, every one’s winner GCSE factory, or a proven independent school. I’d take little Lucius to the independent school at first chance.


          • Anonymous says:

            If you want Lucius to be gay raped, that’s your choice.


          • Animal says:

            Here we are folks, the base level of left whinge debate; kids are soo much better off at state controlled schools and won’t be subjected to abuse unlike those at independent schools. Such a shame that is factually bollocks, but then again, you can only expect lies from an utter Hunt like the cretinous halfwitted poster above.


      • 14
        The BBC/Grouniad Axis of Evil says:

        How can they POSSIBLY know what they want? – they’re not intellectuals like what we are!


    • 15
      Tax is theft says:

      Is some left wing organisation paying for this monotonous trolling or have you escaped from somewhere?


      • 23
        Mystic Meg says:

        I look into my crystal ball and as the mists clear I see Qwerty posting from an ancient Viglen computer in a dingy staff room in a failing inner-city comprehenisve.


    • 43
      Mr Chips says:

      Remind me Queerty, how is Youth Unemployment doing after 13 years of education under the last Labour government?

      (Even after Labour fiddling the figures by keeping school leavers off JSA with the Education Maintenance Bribe, and their “Everyone Goes to University” policy)


  3. 3
    Jimmy says:

    “Just as we reported. His position as the islands’ well-remunerated überfuhrer is looking pretty shaky this afternoon.”

    Well they should at least reconsider that job title.


  4. 8
    qwerty says:

    “”Blocking reform””….oh Guido you’re such a card !!!

    Goves policies are falling apart as each day passes. Free schools are not taking off, the academy programme would be more at home in 1969 USSR.

    His Carol Vouderman maths nonsense fell apart, the Toby Young show is laughable.

    All this aside, Gove is also awful


    • 11
      will says:

      The real test of free schools will be parents subcribing to them. If they are over subscribed then the NUT will be quaking as they do not want to let go of thier little empires they have built up. Witness the fact that under labour school teachers were well rewarded and and in fact many of them i think will if the academies work simply vote with thier feet and join them.What the unions are worried about is the fact that it will show how how poor some of thier members really are !!


    • 13
      Animal says:

      Oh dear, qwerty the educashun specialisht is in the room folks. Shame he’s only got porkies to spin. Yawn.


    • 22
      Mr Trellis says:

      Gove might be wrong but he does at least care. I followed him out of a recording of Any Questions just before the 2010 elections; he was still arguing with a fellow panellist in the car park.


      • 26
        Heres hoping says:

        Did it come to blows ?


      • 35
        Forkbender says:

        Was that the one in North Wales


        • 38
          Mr Trellis says:

          A school in Garston, Hertfordshire. No blows but Charlie Kennedy was just outside sucking on a tab, not allowed to smoke on school grounds. He seemed a bit scared when I approached him in the dark (just checking it was really him, everyone else seemed to have a limo waiting, ready to escape the provinces).


    • 31
      smoggie says:

      Meanwhile the comprehensive system churns out unelectable oiks like Miliband.

      Good show, qweerty !


  5. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Is it illegal to erect a gibbett on the Isles of Scilly?


  6. 10
    The Tit in No 10 says:

    I say you chaps! – isn’t Democracy so terribly decent! – what??

    Just shows you which side I’m on!!!

    And so frightfully sorry to bore you super jolly fellows that love me so much, – do they have any Wind Farms there? – can we build more?? – what jolly rocks – eh?


  7. 16
    Anonymous says:

    If this is the way they carry on perhaps we should let the Argentines have the islands. I am unanimous in that.


  8. 18
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “Meanwhile, Guido understands the islanders’ wish for an elected Mayor is not out of the question.”

    Ken Lizardstone is available…he’s tanned, rested and ready. A trip to the Islands may do him some good. Those Islands still have beacons, don’t they?


  9. 20

    I am a long standing member of the Scillonian Club.

    That is the real power base in the islands.


    • 46
      Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

      Are they more powerful than The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, called of Rhodes, called of Malta? Or, are they less powerful than the Chameleonic Morris Men of various places in England?

      I think we should be told.


  10. 21
    Sir William Waad says:

    We have the best secondary schools in the world – indeed, parents from all over the world are eager to send their children to them. These are our independent schools. We also have some excellent state schools, serving socioeconomic groups A and B. Then we have our working-class comprehensives which enforce failure and ignorance. Naturally the Hygates of this world don’t want anybody exposing the poor quality of their educatioal offering.

    On this issue, the Tories are the progressives while Labour and the LibDems are the reactionaries.


    • 47
      Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

      Until they realise that forcing them all through the same mill is failing, nothing will change for working class kids. What they should be doing is making struggling kids aware of trades. Giving them the skills to succeed in construction, motor mechanics etc would benefit many of them.


    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t let the facts spoil your tory propaganda.



  11. 24
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘the Telegraph and the BBC finally caught up’

    The Telegraph is just a dead tree rag, and private taboot, so its competencies really are not my concern.

    The BBC however is publicly funded (uniquely) to the tune of some £4Bpa, so I am first of all confused as to why, in its mission to ask questions and hold power to account, this seems to have taken a while to tickle their fancy. Budget cuts? Too much dropped on Diane’s rider in the Green Room? What?

    Anyway, as this does smack of an actual abuse of power, one presumes they will be all over it like a rash presuming the old ‘some conflicts of interest are less conflicted than others’ attitude that seems to hamper their newsgathering on tribal, partisan bases, does not again get in the way of actually doing their jobs.


  12. 32
    HenryV says:

    If you want bonkers island politics you should have a look at Manx politics. Over grown county council mentality looking after a population the size of a market town with its fisheries protection boat and its own health service.


    • 48
      Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

      The Isle of Man is riven with Masons and they have a prison at their disposal. Be wary of fucking them about.


      • 51
        HenryV says:

        If they don’t like you they deport you. An option many UK chief constable would love to have. A few years back a Polish builder was causing trouble, they packed him off, and all his fellow Polish room mates who hadn’t done anything. Then there was the case of the Bangladeshi who tried to claim asylum, he was packed off too. He was shocked to find EU law didn’t apply. Yes I know about the Masons too.


        • 58
          Spare The Rod (Liddle) says:

          “He was shocked to find EU law didn’t apply”

          They might be on to something, those crafty Manxmen.

          Are there any prizes for guessing where our Bangladeshi ended up?


  13. 34
    twitatwat says:

    left wing loons clinging to a substandard education system at any cost.


    • 37
      Forkbender says:

      It’s probably not so much socialism it probably owes more hanging on to power at all costs


      • 49
        Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

        A good socialist will fight for every inch of ground until one day their utopia can be realised on British soil.


  14. 41
    N Gardener says:

    We all knew the Chief executive was behind the heads suspension, you’d have to be complete idiot not to have realised that.
    Mr Wilby came and gave the school a much need kick up the arse. A lot of teachers were on head of dept salary’s even though they only had a dept of (in some cases) 2 kids.
    The school budget is constantly raided by the LEA which is the council and every year around a third of the £3m budget is spent elsewhere on other council projects.
    Mr Wilby wanted to make the school academy status so the budget got paid directly to the school and not the council, it would also have meant that he could ask teachers to re-apply for their jobs which would have allowed him to cull the poorly performing ones. Whereas Mr Wilby had the interests of the school at heart, the council and the teachers are only interested in protecting their own selfish interests not those of the pupils. As an example when Mr Wilby took over, the school had one of the worst employee sick rates in the country, shortly after taking over Mr Wilby introduced the “return to work interview” and the absenteeism dropped by 60% over night.
    To give it some perspective the school has around 210 pupils and 80 staff. The poor man was fighting an uphill battle to make the school fit for purpose against a tirade of vested interests.
    The method of Mr Wilby’s suspension did not follow any of the correct processes or procedures and was carried out by the chief technical officer and the head of social services who coincidently was sacked from another authority for doing exactly the same thing there for not following due process and procedure.

    With regard to the IOS council……..
    The senior officers of the council of the Isles of Scilly run the place like a personal fiefdom. Some of the tactics they’ve used to keep people quite are outrageous and immoral using the full might and resources of a unity authority to bully people. The way Mr Wilby was treated being a perfect example.
    Other things worth investigating could be things like the number of sexual harassment cases made against the chief executive that have been paid off with tax payers money. Or the fact that the chief technical officer was promoted to the position of “deputy chief executive” without following the due legal process when no position existed, the job was not advertised and no one was interviewed, which is a recurring theme with this council; the number of people who go to the top of the housing list or get plumb jobs even though they have no experience or qualifications but have the right family name is outrageous.
    Perhaps take a look at the legal costs to the tax payer as the chief
    executive “appears” to use Cornwall council’s legal team as his
    own personal lawyer to bully people and keep them in line or shut them up.

    The number of freedom of information requests that are ignored and have to be referred to the information commissioner is growing weekly. Of course they also use the £500 tactic to avoid giving out information they don’t want to see the light of day.
    The Chief exec and his deputy are truly despised and hated by a large majority of the islands population.
    Both have accumulated 100 days leave which “it would appear” they
    were hoping to cash in when they retired, this would equate to approx. £30k
    each as a lump sum, whereas any other employee can only carry over five days leave. And then they award themselves a 22% payrise (in total) and ignored the mass protest of the populous that followed.
    As to the elected councillors, it’s a case of retired people being told what to
    do and too fearful, to ignorant or just plain too complacent to question the
    executives actions.
    Our council is the perfect example of the tail wagging the dog.
    Vive la Scilly Spring


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