January 16th, 2014

Laws: Teaching Pilgrims Crackdown

The Department for Education have cracked down on taxpayer funded pilgrims. Launching new guidance for schools, David Laws has declared that “no teacher funded by the taxpayer should work full time on union work” and “the Department for Education expects all trade union representatives to spend the majority of their working hours carrying out their school-based jobs”. “We believe that it should be possible for local union representatives to fulfil their main union duties in one day a week or less”. Gold star.


  1. 1
    The nasty party says:

    expects all trade union representatives to spend the majority of their working hours carrying out their school-based jobs.

    Not sure it would be wise to let them do that either. Unless it’s just cleaning the bogs.

  2. 2
    twat with a nose job says:

    coth of living cwisis…oh perhaps we thould change that its better to go withh plan b

  3. 3
    Laurie Penny says:

  4. 4
    Mr Dillon (sociology dept) says:

    I am going to make ’12 years a slave’ compulsory viewing for the children at my school.
    That should make the one remaining white boy in the class feel comfortable.

  5. 5
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Excellent and let’s hope this is enforced ASAP.

    If unions want full-time staff, let unions pay for it.

  6. 6
    Pob says:

    it’s almost like Gove is annoyed that he thinks he is better at something than the people actually qualified to do the job and is throwing his toys out the pram.

  7. 7
    Jacko says:

    There is no question pilgrim activity is corruption pure and simple. It grew particularly under Labour whereby the in effect got taxpayers to fund union activity whilst those same unions then donate money to the Labour Party

  8. 8
    Bob Crow says:

    In sad time like this I remember a great man who brought joy to millions and laughter to many, RIP Saddam Hussein, we still miss you.

  9. 9
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Good. Now what about the rest of the box ticking public sector?

    To be fair the Coagulation Gummint has only been in power since May 2010 #FFS

  10. 10
    An old saying in the staffroom says:

    Those who can’t,teach.
    Those who can’t teach become NUT reps.

  11. 11
    Ed Moribund says:

    But ..But…union time, paid by taxpayers, has risen 200,000,000% since 1997!

    its a cost of teaching crisis! Wesign pwime Minister! Wesign!

  12. 12
    Jane Pigrim says:

    This isn’t good news at all.

  13. 13
    twat with a nose job says:

    the bankths will pway theven times over for our commithments

    vote Labour you know it makes thense

  14. 14
    Owen Jones says:

    Right on comrade.

  15. 15
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    OMG are you referring to the lazy arsed venal fooking teachers here when you talk about ‘actually qualified’?

    Make your fucking leftie hivemind up. Next you’ll be moaning about none/under qualified teachers.

  16. 16
    BanUnions says:

    Why not ban all union work being done during office hours?

    Union work isn’t what they are paid for, they should be working FULL TIME at their jobs, doing any union business in their spare time.

  17. 17
    russell crowe says:

    perspex. perspective. purse.papa. pants down. pilate.

    ptoday pfor pits pnuts. pmonkey.

    pp pp.

  18. 18
    The public says:

    You hate him. Because he doesn’t give a shit about the teaching unions.
    But we like Gove. Because he doesn’t give a shit about the teaching unions.

  19. 19
    David Laws is a thief. says:

    “David Laws has declared that “no teacher funded by the taxpayer should work full time on union work””

    The taxpayer declares that “no-one who steals £50,000 from the taxpayer should ever work as backbench MP, let alone a government minister. Why is the despicable thief David Laws not in prison, and what in God’s name was our cretinous Prime Minister thinking when he made this thief a minister?”

  20. 20

    thith comment is unethectatable you are a wacith

  21. 21
    Point of order says:

    Surely it should be….
    ‘Those who can, do
    Those who can’t, teach
    Those who can’t teach NUT reps’

  22. 22
    Eric Pickles says:

    Very Sad!

  23. 23
    Owen Jones - people's poet. says:

    I’ve written a new poem.

    “Why do nice girls hate me…”

  24. 24
    Diane Abbot says:

    Mums will be go the private school for their kids.

  25. 25
    educwated undeR lABOUR says:

    We will wnthorth thith. Unions will be held tomaccowant under my gobernment

    vote labour you no it makes thense

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    No more faith in ye than in a stewed prune, as the Bard wrote says:

    The LibDem who claimed £40,000
    David Laws of this great land
    Is now a Minister, this is no joke,
    Ain’t things in the UK grand?

    He wasn’t prosecuted like you or I
    He just returned the moolah
    Such an ethical, upright, honest man
    To now have as a ruler.

    Like so many in this Commons now
    Fiddlers and thieves, and how!
    MP’s have little authority in my book
    To stand in judgement now.

  27. 27
    House of Ill repute says:


  28. 28
    David Laws says:

    Now I am a Poacher turned Ga… errr Ministerial Poacher

  29. 29
    Bill Quango MP 7 says:

    I endured new labour. 13 years a wageslave.

  30. 30
    doodle doodle says:

    soodle. soodle.

  31. 31
    The Public Sector says:

    How about 13 years an 80ths final salary pension?

  32. 32
    The whole thing says:

    I’ve hacked your poem:

    Why do nice girls hate me
    Is it cos I’s gay?
    Is it cos I’m always spouting
    Not knowing what I say?

    Is it cos I’m Sheffield born?
    It’s not like I’m a banker.
    Oh, wait, now I understand it all
    Universally I’m sen as a wanker.

  33. 33
    Anon. says:

    Stupid women :roll:

  34. 34
    The Judiciary and MP's says:

    13 years ??? More like 5

  35. 35
    majorfrustration says:

    Sounds good but will it be implemented

  36. 36
    Bill Quango MP 7 says:

    Mums will go to the Scarisbrick Hall for their kids

  37. 37
    Heinrich Himmler says:

    It can be hard work being 2nd in command, no?

  38. 38
    Bill Quango MP 7 says:

    Wasn’t she in Chariots of fire?

  39. 39
    All the nice girls like a sailor says:

    All the nice girls like a candle,
    all the nice girls like a wick,
    there’s something about a candle,
    that reminds them of a prick,
    nice and greasy slips in easy it’s a virgins favourite toy,
    walking up the front with a candle in her c*nt
    beside the seaside beside the sea.

  40. 40
    Yvette Balls says:

    You know what else sounds good? An all black police force.

  41. 41
    Jen D'Benda says:

    NHS directive banning full-time pilgrims next please!

  42. 42
    A NUT case says:

    All very positive policy-wise, but just how exactly do they propose to implement and enforce it?

  43. 43
    Ed Slackbladder says:

    Shut up you nauseating adolescent.

  44. 44
    Just Saying. says:

    Guidance without enforcement.
    This activity will simply go underground. For years students have been complaining that teachers and lecturers are not available to them.

  45. 45
    Obamamamia says:

    Shale gas and printing trillions of dollars was the secret.

  46. 46
    Gail Forswynds says:

    It’s because they AREN’T doing their job and instead are taking the money and larking about on union jollies.

    Lefty dimwit.

  47. 47
    Don't want to upset the white natives do we says:

    Any chance they would make a film about a 12 year old Rotherham sex slave?

  48. 48
    As a fapowell says:

    Hey Di, while you are here, what is your considered view of all your cheating athletes being caught drugged up to the ears? Will you tell them to give all those medals back? Are there any honest Jamaicans anywhere in the world? Must run..

  49. 49
    Just Saying. says:

    In the race to the top she came last.
    Comparing the US economy to us in such a one dimensional manner shows her loony leftie tendencies. REAL USA unemployment now just below 14% REAL debt contovertial but between $15 and 22 Trillion and rising.

  50. 50
    CSA payments overdue by 18 years says:

    Black men will jump over walls to get away from their kids.

  51. 51
    A lady from the West Indies named 'Maria' says:

    .. and all as straight and honest as that Ali Dizzywhatsisname is/was? Leaves lots of opportunities for b*ackmail though, I suppose, or is that really for the Royal mail?

  52. 52
    A lady from the West Indies named 'Maria' says:

    Couldn’t agree more. As an ex-civils servant I and most of my colleagues were sick to the back teeth doing the box ticking bollox instead of trying to get on with the jobs we were being paid for. Camertit has done nothing to get rid of fucking useless “targets”. Now you know why I left and got a real job with a bit of personal responsibility for my performance.

  53. 53
    An educated rugby playing lady from the West Indies named 'Maria' says:

    Your final line should be “Ship ahoy, ship ahoy” as in the original (also completes the rhyme with toy).

  54. 54
    An educated rugby playing lady from the West Indies named 'Maria' says:

    Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan wrote something criminals about being condemned to ride for ever on parliamentary trains, but I don’t thing the gravy train was the one they had in mind

  55. 55
    An educated rugby playing lady from the West Indies named 'Maria' says:

    I cannot understand why mention of those two brilliant old comedy writers always gets the modbot in a fizz.

    2 nineteenth century operetta writers wrote something criminals about being condemned to ride for ever on parliamentary trains, but I don’t thing the gravy train was the one they had in mind

  56. 56

    It’s a new world now! Mr Green: :mrgreen:

  57. 57
    Gold Star My Ass says:


    The correct amount of taxpayer money being thrown away on this would be zero. Not, as Trougher Laws proposes, 20% of a salary.

  58. 58
    Graham says:

    About time that the Unions paid Pilgrims. None should be paid by taxpayers. Or Miliband morons could pay them. Time to call a halt to this nonsense. Has Cameron got any balls ?

  59. 59
    askerratt says:

    Shame he showed do liitle integrity when stealing taxpayers money

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  60. 60
    Graham says:

    Anyone wanting to be a Union representative should be paid by the Union concerned and not by taxpayers. McCluskey and his other scumbags should pick up the bill. Sort it out Cameron.

  61. 61
    Graham says:

    Fully agree. Too many of this bunch of useless fuckers.

  62. 62
    Graham says:

    Gove is doing his best to reverse the damage done by 13 years of the shit-brained arseholes under Blair and Brown. Those bastards should have been put in front of a firing squad or hanged on piano wire.

  63. 63
    Graham says:

    The result of Liebour”s uncontrolled immigration policy. Just how much is it costing the country in supplying schools with interpreters ?

  64. 64
    A Maimed Badger says:

    In Poland, a Country with a higher Education Standard then ours, the Teachers now have to work an extra 2 hours a week with out pay, for free… here we are paying Teachers, for NOT Teaching and have lower standards of Education… something wrong somewhere

  65. 65
    I'm interested.. says:

    Who is it?

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  67. 67
    Message in a sock says:

    This a throwaway comment.

  68. 68
    broderick crawford says:

    NO !! .. not gold star at all .

    Note the weasel words peppering the Department s announcement :

    GUIDANCE not ruling

    no teacher SHOULD not Will

    the Departments EXPECTS not mandates

    and the final wimp out :

    “We BELIEVE that it should be POSSIBLE not We RULE that it be OBLIGATORY….

    Not worth the oaper … etc

  69. 69
    broderick crawford says:

    Diane the Abbott will pose with nowt on at all for her kids .

    (I bet that paid for a year s tuition )

  70. 70
    Pob says:


  71. 71
    Arthur says:

    I think you mean Thief Laws

  72. 72
    Liebours friends at the BBC - All the staff!! says:

    More like 120th FS!!!

  73. 73
    UK Fred says:

    Wearing my hat as an employer, I will not consider employing anyoneunder 35who was educated in state sector schools. I need people who arenumerate, not twits who think that 1/6 expressed asapercentage is 60%

  74. 74
    UK Fred says:

    Socialism: noun, apolitical theory followers of which believe that they have a God-given right to have everybody else pay for what they want. See also communism, fabnianism, feminism, and Marxism.

  75. 75
    UK Fred says:

    That should read “a political theory”

  76. 76
    Theboatman says:

    pete from northampton

  77. 77
    Toby Crackitt says:

    About time you looked at the Police Federation; over £2 million per year in wages and that is just in London

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