June 10th, 2014

Ofsted Jihad: Wimpy Wilshaw U-Turns on Inspections Claim

Sir Michael Wilshaw appeared to go nuclear on Newsnight by claiming that he had called for unannounced inspections two years ago only for these to be rejected by Gove:

“I called for it and it’s been rolled back, but we need to do it now for some schools”. 

Now the Ofsted Chief-Inspector has had his balls put in a vice and is singing a very different tune. The Department of Education confirm:

“The Secretary of State and the Chief Inspector have today discussed the issue of no-notice inspections. The Chief Inspector confirmed that the Education Secretary did not ask Ofsted to halt its plans for no-notice inspections in 2012.”

Gove appears to be slotting enemies one by one today as he attempts to reaffirm his authority after his own humiliating climb down earlier in the week.


150 Comments

  1. 1
    JB says:

    Would help if they could all stop trying to score points off each other and get on with their jobs.

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    • 5
      Mitch says:

      Hear Hear. However, a certain level of incompetence always gets in the way.

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      • 116
        Uncle Joe says:

        Only if you don’t shoot enough of the cadres. Your People’s Parliament is a disgrace full of wreckers and thieves stealing the Peoples wealth. As for your Education Secretriat well the whole lot would have to be shot and these anti-Soviet elements you have allowed in would need to liquidated on mass. You have to be cruel to be feared and you know my thoughts on that.

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      • 133
        Colonel Mustard says:

        So who censored the Secretary of State’s instructions going down and the news going up?

        In how many other departments do officials still believe it is their role to pass down only that with which they agree and to report up only that which the Minister wishes to hear?

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    • 9
      Mornington Crescent says:

      +1.

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    • 29
      Alec's Samon says:

      Should Maitlis be reporting the news or commenting on it?

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      • 73
        Anonymous says:

        preferably neither bbc should stick to “drama” eliminate risk of bias by doing news and politics

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      • 82
        Fishy says:

        Absolutely.

        I heard Wilshaw’s interview on ITV initially…and he was much more nuanced and supportive of Gove. The Newsnight interview didn’t appear to be with the same person…but it’s all in the editing, I suppose.

        And…not only is Nomates commenting on the news, she is practically slobbering over the prospect of getting a Tory. Something that Labour’s Newsnight have been attempting for years and have fallen flat on their face each time (McAlpine, Mitchell).

        I wonder why Newsnight, last night, was a Tory free zone yet again?

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    • 47
      The Tit in No. 10 says:

      I am especially in favour of unannounced Inspections!!

      The thought stimulates me – leads to a frisson of excitement!
      and keeps me on my toes –
      with nice clean underclothes,
      and wondering who will probe
      my innermost recesses

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      • 72
        Tom Catesby says:

        ‘Unannounced inspections’, should mean just that, I wouldn’t expect the police, for example, to ring up a suspect and say they are coming around in half an hour.

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        • 129

          Oh why not ???

          Half an hour seems tbe minimum amount of time they could dispassionately allow the gangstas to pack an overnight bag full of fifties, tell the wife about the safe deposit box number /location and take a taxi to Heathrow booking a flight to Northern Cyprus on the mobile on the way.

          Of course this minimum advance warning time should be extended to at lesst three hours in the event of an “unannounced” early dawn raid giving the crims enough time to wipe the sleep from their eyes and oartske of an early morning ” full english ” to get the brain in gear for the rigours of the day ahead.

          I m sure there s a Clause that covers this very contingency in the Human Rights Act …..

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    • 136
      Speaking like I know some shit and stuff says:

      Seen as most in the Cabinet have NEVER had a job reliant on the old ‘Supply and Demand’ Economics ‘Thingy’, nor have they got ANY relevant experience in trying to deliver it in the ‘REAL WORLD’, that’s a big ask…Maybe if we Upped their wages another £50K then we’d attract the ‘Right Sort Of People’? Government fails, and falls, at the first hurdle, it doesn’t fucking LISTEN to the People. Now stick your 10 Downing Street, Stick your Monarchy, Stick your Lords. There’s only ONE person in charge of this fucking charade, and it’s the Man/Woman on the street. (all the rest is for Tourists or Billionaires to buy). They’ll get the gist one day. But that ‘One Day’ isn’t any fucking day soon. Be-off with you Oxbridge Peasants. You’ve outstayed your welcome. We want Full PR! If we, the UK, are to fuck-up, then it’ll be by our own consent!

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      • 143
        Hell, Hull and Halifax. says:

        Failure of most Governmental efforts is due to concerted resistance/ guerrilla tactics by the Department concerned. They know that Ministerial “failure” is bad for the politicians, impossible to attach blame to the actual Department and if they can stick it out to a change of Government then it’s back to the old ways.
        Off wiz zer ‘eads.

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        • 147
          Charlie says:

          Hard left middle class types have run the Dept of Ed since 1944. Many men who were unfit for war became teachers of which many had hard left views. These sorts of people ended in the Dept of Ed, Inst of Education and LEAs.
          Many hard left types were pushing for comprehensives from the late 1950s and the removal of structured teaching and discipline from the classrooms.

          The problem is that most Tories went to public schools or grammar schools and have not experience the adverse impact of hard left infiltration on comprehensive teaching. Until one has experience the lunacy of hard left teachers it is difficult to comprehend their adverse impact on education.

          Those teachers who believe in rigorous scholastic standards and competitive sports have largely ended up in public and grammar schools: there are exceptions like Camden Girls School, Thomas Telford, London Oratory but these have a large middle class intake.

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  2. 2
    Silent Majority says:

    Civil Servants have a job to do and should not be gloating on television shows like Newsnight.

    Wilshaw should be sacked and stripped of his pension rights.

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    • 6
      Mitch says:

      So, if Gove didn’t reject no-notice inspections, why didn’t they happen?

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      • 7

        Two words:

        Educational Establishment

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        • 8
          +1 says:

          Exactly. Teachers hated being marked.

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          • Tom Catesby says:

            Multi-culti divesity enriched cover our ares shite!

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          • Anonymous says:

            +1

            Some dozy lefty woman on BBC news said that Ofsted just “went looking for problems”. Err, isn’t that the point of inspections?

            She is probably used to her Labour brethren turning a blind eye (see Haringey, Oldham, Birmingham, Stafford etc.)

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        • 39
          Ann,the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

          The top 30 civil service posts in the Min of Ed (either in HQ of elsewhere in the country) should be abolished along with their perks and pensions. Pour encourager les autres to do their fucking jobs properly.

          Likewise the teaching unions should be banned/unrecognised/deregistered/ignored etc. Any teachers going on strike should be dismissed and made to reapply for their jobs – but only after having passed an ‘A’ level exam in their chosen subjects.

          The left fucked up our education system when Shirley Williams and Dick Crossman had their brainstorms in the 1960s.

          It is time to take our education systems back!

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          • Tom Catesby says:

            Arses! of course. Mrs Greenwood would have made me stay in for that spelling mistake!

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          • Restless in Godalming says:

            Absolutely agree. That unhinged fuckwit Shirley Williams did untold damage destroying the grammar school system, on the basis of bogus intelligence supplied by the very organisation that would benefit from all schools being levelled down. Curse the lot of them…

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    • 10
      Reginald says:

      +1

      Civil servants used to show discretion now they show a red flag.

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  3. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Newsnight again caught out trying to do down the Tories.

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  4. 4
    Hadley "Screaming Banshee" Freemann says:

    He is another white male. Hear me roar.

    So happy to see the glorious, independent and very feminist Ms Emily Maitlis – who is cleverer than any man – being credited – she always fights the good fight against the right wing and the patriarchy.

    I am now a sports writer, yes, smash the patriarchy and I get a holiday in Brazil.

    My next piece – which team strip has the nicest colours? Also why we need to modernise football to give #equalgoals to women players – it’s sexist patriarchy that all of the goals in the last world cup were scored by men and even worse a lot of them were white men too. Intersectionality. Abortion rights.

    Trigger warning. Trigger warning.

    Sexist. Some men are saying the young Brazilian women are attractive. That is part of r.a.p.e culture – it is wrong and sexist for a man to admit to preferring a young or beautiful women. Men and women are always identical (except the areas women are better in) and anything being made for women such as toys for girls or “3″ having a “wag area” in their stores – outrageously implying that women aren’t exactly as interested as football as all men (this is a #hatefact and must be challenged) – is sexist and we will campaigning on twitter until we get our way.

    You’re all racists.

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    • 12
      Pascal Chimbonda's Fishmonger says:

      I see they have broadband in Rampton now.

      You are free to read other newspapers.

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    • 19

      Could you not craft that favourite mainstay term divisive in there somehow?

      It applies automatically to anyone who is one or more of these: male, white, hardworking, honest, fiscally prudent, reasonably well educated, well spoken, clear thinking, respectful of English grammar and syntax, traditional, law abiding, car dr!ving, country loving, travelled, balanced, logical, solvent (no, not the stuff you sniff!), you may have the idea by now…

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  5. 11
    peter sharp says:

    I realise that they have to protect their jobs and their agenda but for pity,s sake just get on with the job you are payed to do. It’s this continual bickering and jockeying for position that really puts off the average man in the street;and then they complain when there is a 30% turn at voting time. It is difficult to think of any other situation whereby the ‘staff’, ie them, cock such a snook at the employer, us.

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  6. 13
    WHY THE outrage? says:

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    • 16
      Mitch says:

      There’s probably worse than that in anonymous envelopes. Is she adovocating mail censorship a-la USSR?

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      • 20
        show boat the MP says:

        She sure is. Bet she’s not really outraged but just saying what she thinks her brain dead supporters want her to say which says a lot about her supporters.

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      • 23
        jgm2 says:

        What’s The Sun done to upset postie?

        Although it’s hard to imagine anybody posting copies of The Sun around the UK. My uncle used to send my mum The Ir*ish Independent but we were living in Birmingham.

        Who the fuck gets posted a copy of The Sun? Does it even count as ‘printed material’?

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        • 40
          Thge Growler says:

          I don’t know if is the same now but newspapers had to be registered at the Post Office there was a preferential rate I believe, there was a joke many years ago, “the sun should be prosecuted for registering a the Post Office as a newspaper” The master would not like that one!

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        • 87
          Fishy says:

          Perhaps she misspoke, what she really meant to say was that it was outrageous that posties have to deliver in the sun. Must be something to do with the Union bosses complaining about the heat (can’t work if it’s more than 20°C)…or some health and safety risk assessment has kicked in.

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        • 89
          Tom Catesby says:

          If my postie wants to stick the sun ‘newspaper’ through my door, presumably paid for by murdoch’s empire, by the commercial operation, the ‘royal mail’, that’s alright by me, I’ll put it with the other toilet paper.

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      • 114
        Socialists says:

        We are in favour of free speech, as long as we agree with what is being said

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    • 17
      Socialism is theft says:

      It is outrageous that anyone should suggest that postal workers can pick and choose which newspapers to deliver.

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    • 22
      An Outrage says:

      Law maker proposes censorship of Postal deliveries.

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    • 134
      oh! hell says:

      It’s all about the Sun not being supposedly bought in Liverpool because of Heysel, sorry Sheffield, they are close to Liverpool and they lost three Liverpool supporters from Skem and they think it’s not right for them to deliver the Sun as per their job spec in delivering mail, bum fluff, leaflets, real newspapers etc.

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  7. 14
    Socialism is theft says:

    Giving notice of inspections to public sector employees is like a penalty taker telling the goalkeeper which side of the goal he is going to aim for.

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    • 18
      Mitch says:

      Not really. My performance review happenes every April and I can either prepare for it or not. Same for a lot of people, I guess.

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      • 25
        jgm2 says:

        A review is not the same thing as an inspection.

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      • 59
        The Growler says:

        A review more or less lets the boss say what he thinks about you and your work, whether youare one of the favoured ones or not. An inspection on the other hand is supposed to be from an external body or HQ, where everything should be checked and they report to their superiors any faults and the general running of the organisation and everyone is inspected including the boss (note the change in demeanour)

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      • 71
        The Inspectors are here. says:

        I have always thought it was pretty daft to tip off schools before an Ofsted Inspection

        I worked in financial services sector for 40 odd years and it was the “norm” for a team of Head Office Inspectors(Auditors)to descend at close of business at a branch unannounced. The first thing you knew about it was when the front doorbell rang at 3.31pm and the dreaded words…”Good Afternoon…Can you advise your manager that we are the Head Office Inspection Team and the branch is being audited immediately….
        Obviously if they phoned up a week before and said…We’re going to be popping in to your branch next Monday so can you make sure everything is ok ? They would not be really carrying out their function.

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        • 97
          Fishy says:

          Me too. The regulator would always descend on us unannounced and it was a quick call to Head Office to tell them that they had arrived.

          Incidentally when I joined the Civil Service, it was quite different. We had to agree with the Union when mystery shoppers would be around and let the staff know what questions the mystery shoppers would be asking when they called into our offices.

          Why the unions couldn’t accept that we shouldn’t have to prepare for the mystery shopper – all customers should be given a high standard of service, was beyond me.

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    • 94
      Tom Catesby says:

      See my above, warn ‘em, you’ll not catch ‘em. Maybe that’s the point?

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  8. 15
    No Such Thing As A Normal Muslim! says:

    Interesting bit on BBC news last night, which they did not quite cut away early enough whereby head teacher of school, in funny hat and even funnier beard, says that the book on the shelf about whipping and stoning is not for the children but for the staff!!!

    In government terms, said islamic head teacher is a moderate!!!

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    • 51
      Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

      Not a school. The word you seek is ‘madrassah’.

      There FIFY.

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      • 56
        jgm2 says:

        According to the BBC the Brummy Madrassas are going to lose their state funding. Can an arson attack by the ‘teachers’ or the ‘community’ be far behind?

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    • 54
      Anonymous says:

      find the link and put it on youtube

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    • 144
      Room at the Top says:

      So that wasn’t the one in the sharp suit in a large Northern ex-mill City who had been on the Boards of two schools in the City, one of which had been put into special measures and the entire Board expelled. He continues to be highly active in his remaining Board position.
      N.b. Mr Gove, they’re still at it in other parts of the Country! Or would you prefer to obscure that unpleasant fact too?

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  9. 24
    duty pedant says:

    The Jihad everyone should be worrying about is the one happening around Mosul. ISIS is now the biggest oil exporter in the area.

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    • 28
      England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

      I love it,,,a fuciking triumph

      The vermin Al-Maliki forces fled in their thousands, and they even left black hawk and Mi17 helicopters at the airbase in Mosul

      All the soldiers who obeyed the drink driving deserter George Bush, and his fellow war criminal Blair died in vain

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    • 36
      Oxfam, for all your scarecrow's needs. says:

      Now they’re for it; they’ve just made an enemy out of Greenpeace.

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    • 49
      non taxable pikey says:

      I have a feeling that this will bring Iran and it’s satrap Hezzbollah into a stand up fight with ISIS. So even more good might come out of it.

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      • 53
        England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

        Hezbollah are fully committed killing Syrian women and children#

        they cant spare the manpower for Iraq

        The IRGC will now enter Iraq openly

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        • 95
          Young person says:

          ……So, they are all trying to kill each other even though they follow the same sort of ideology?…..Muslims killing muslims?…Oooh

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          • Mossad says:

            We don’t mind that, can we encourage it in some way?

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          • jgm2 says:

            Shhhhhh.

            Don’t disturb your enemy while he’s making a mistake.

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          • non taxable pikey says:

            Young person, they have been trying to kill one another for the last 1350 years. Another plus from all this will be Sunni against Shia from Lebanon across to the Iranian border. It might even spill over into Turkey, now that would be an interesting turn of events.

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          • Room at the Top says:

            It isn’t that simple. The Mohammedans (a far better and appropriate name for the followers of Mohammed or his brother) have been killing each other with the approval of Allah since Mohammed fell off his perch. Having failed to make a Will there was a bad-tempered schism between those who are now called Shias ( the minority) and the Sunnis. It is always open season. You then get the really loony fringe groups like the Sufis, Wahhabists, Deobandis. Add to that load of random killers, the honest to no-one terrorists like Al Qu’eda and its satellite franchises like Boko Haram and what you’ve got Is the original Cult from Hell.
            It makes the Anglican Church a glowing beacon of fraternal love and understanding, which it has been even whilst it’s followers around the World are being murdered and their Churches burned and bombed by the peace-loving Mohammedans.
            Of course, this could never happen here……honour murders, drug killings, pubs burned down, rioting and looting. The Qu’ran teaches peace as long as the bastards convert to Islam and do what you say.

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      • 55
        Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

        … and there’s me thinking that ISIS was some sort of Roman mythical goddess or a river somewhere in England. Ah well, live and learn.

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        • 74
          England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

          Its short for ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’

          and soon it will include Tower Hamlets

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          • jgm2 says:

            An obvious solution exists. Just make sure we import equal numbers of Sunnis and Shias.

            They hate each other more than anything else so they’ll be directing all their energies to enriching each other and the rest of us can get on with our business.

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          • Keep it down There. says:

            It does include tower hamlets.

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        • 110
          non taxable pikey says:

          ISIS, Roman? Try Egyptian.

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          • A grain of sand says:

            Tried it once, but got confused between ‘hookah’ and ‘hooker’.

            An interesting experience!

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        • 146
          The Magic Flute says:

          Egyptian, and had a mate called Osiris.

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      • 150
        Bob cuntface Crow says:

        More dead mozzies,whats not to like?

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  10. 26
    England is becoming a third world cess-pit says:

    Anything which thwarts/disappoints a smug, elitist, leftard cu’nt like Maitliss and her fellow BBC filth is a triumph

    And i am unanimous in this

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  11. 31
    We are choking on our own Liberal Vomit says:

    I’m not happy with the chaotic violent shitholes that pass for schools these days either.
    And like Muslims am also not happy with the prospect my granddaughter becoming sexualised at age eleven then being pressured into sending mobile phone photo’s of her private parts to someone else’s chav bastard kid.
    Why should we Brits expect respect when we don’t show any for ourselves by not demanding OUR schools are run along strict lines as well.
    As it stands our kids are just fodder for everyone else to take the piss out of.
    One thing you can’t accuse Muslims in Britain of is failing to stand up for their people and beliefs.

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    • 37
      Oxfam, for all your scarecrow's needs. says:

      The problem is, when Muslims stand up for their beliefs, everyone runs for cover.

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    • 104
      Here lays madness says:

      …Talking of violent, chaotic shitholes'; have you seen the news and fighting and killing that is taking place since blair strutted the world stage?

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    • 105
      Hypocrite's all together says:

      Shame they didn’t stand up for their people and beliefs in their country of origin, then maybe the places they left wouldn’t be such crap holes.

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      • 111
        Keep it down There. says:

        Pleased to see Karachi airport under attack, again! Should take their ‘minds’ off attacking any of ours again for a while, oh… I forgot, the last time they tried it, the jock coppers had to pull the people off the fuckers at Glasgow airport, didn’t want them hurting…bless.

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    • 119
      Inshallah says:

      Does my bomb look big in this?

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  12. 32
    a non says:

    Smart man Gove.
    One of the few that put Leveson in a spin.
    Cannot understand why he is listed as an Osborne for future PM lackey?

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  13. 34
    Mrs May says:

    Armed siege at Karachi Airport ends – with Ofsted rating Birmingham school pupils behaviour on overseas trip ‘inadequate’.

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  14. 35
    Nigel Farage says:

    If your phone gets wet, try putting it in a bag of dry rice. At night the rice will attract Asians who will fix your phone for you.

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  15. 38
    Tony_Trust says:

    Remember that we are living towards the end of a period historians will no longer regard as merely post-war, but rather Second Elizabethan.
    This latest incident, just another in the long list political kowtowing towards globalism and world-based culture, that will mark the quiet and ignominious disappearance of ESIC* culture from the British Isles.

    ESIC = English, Scot, Irish, Celt

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  17. 42
    Mrs May says:

    Catching Michael Gove right is like catching a bout of the shits. All over the show recently in House Of Commons.

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  18. 43
    The British media are cunts says:

    Anyone else noticed that the media Femi Nazis don’t seem to be outraged over Muslim schools preaching to kids that wihte women are all whores.

    Can you imagine the ‘outrage’ of the BBC sistahood had a UKIP candidate said something similar?

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    • 52
      cheche says:

      Yes you are right – where is that lesbain woman comedian SKy usually interview?

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    • 63
      JH32984923-035 says:

      Welcome to the deafeningly silent yawning void at the heart of the left.

      You know, the one we all get to look in to whenever you point out that their precious religion of pissers have an outlook diametrically opposed to most of the left’s other perennial protected species such as wimmin, pooves etc.

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    • 107
      Oxfam, for all your scarecrow's needs. says:

      This is the weird thing about Muslims – they can get away with anything, as far as the Left is concerned.

      As is often pointed out, if Islam came to us from the American midwest, say, if it were white people worshipping a bloke who married a 6 year old, advocating stoning of gáys, beheading of unbelievers, stoning to death of women who get ráped, forcing women to wear bags over their heads and otherwise treating them as inferior, practicing FGM, ‘honour killings’ etc etc, the UAF and Labour would be rioting in the streets, demanding these Muslims are sent back to America.

      But because they’re from ***ístan, well, that’s all different, isn’t it? Suddenly, Islam isn’t to be reviled, it’s to be ‘celebrated’.

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      • 124
        Tom Catesby says:

        Mormonism came from the american west and is a pile of shite advocated by f^cking fruit loops. Why do arseholes in government, on the telly etc, give islam, which is, by any measure, viler, more evil, sillier and far more dangerous, any more credence? Is it because mormons tend to be white, at least the one’s who knock on my door occasionally and get told to f^ck off, are white. If this is the reason. is that not waaysicst?

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        • 135
          Anonymous says:

          I’m not saying they’re the sanest of people but every time I’ve met or been approached by a Mormon either socially or on their doortstepping rounds I’ve found them unfailingly polite and plain “nice” . Oh and their women are quite hot !

          Rather have a Mormon as a neighbour than shhh, you know who.

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    • 122
      Jedi Farmer says:

      And if I hit a cow over the head, strung it up and slit it’s throat and watched it bleed to death while humming the theme to Star Wars, the RSPCA would have me locked up

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  19. 44
    Anonymous says:

    I know who I believe, and it ain’t the slimey Tory dwarf

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  20. 46
    albacore says:

    Just asking but why has it taken two years?
    How many British kids endured their worst fears?
    There’s no way that Gove can give them those years back
    Why hasn’t Cameron given him the sack?

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    • 62
      Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

      Probably because he is the only Cabinet Minister doing a half way competent job.

      A very poor rhyme this time earns you 3/10 and 6 Tesco food bank stamps.

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      • 85
        albacore says:

        Well, pardon me, ma’am, for my poor doggerel
        But ain’t you, too, incensed by the filthy smell
        That emanates from this disgraceful affair
        Or don’t it matter – after all, you weren’t there?

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        • 141
          Ann etc etc says:

          That’s OK – I’ll forgive you this time. We are all entitled to the odd lapse in quality.

          For my view on all this, may I respectfully direct you to my post above at #39,

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    • 83
      The Lib Dems knew says:

      Could have been worse. Cyril Smith could have been milk monitor.

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  21. 50
    what a gay dave says:

    How many gay people have got married since gay daves great leap forward for equal rights?

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  22. 64
    bbc newarks says:

    council are to blame – but you won’t here that from the national msm who report on Birmingham from London. bunch of newarks

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    • 77
      jgm2 says:

      The council got caught out by ‘equal pay’ legislation. Dinner Ladies who were supposedly on the same pay-grade as bin-men (or something) were getting half as much money. This went on for about 20 years with the result that Birmingham now has to find billions to pay them all off.

      While the council is running around in circles worrying about where the fuck they’re going to find all that money nobody is taking note of the dismal child services or the establishment of Madrassas.

      I grew up in Birmingham. I am old enough to remember seeing my first bl*ck man. In Northfield. And I tell you this in all sincerity – I remember the conversation I had with my mum – I was only four or five or so.

      ‘Mum, what’s wrong with that man? Why is he all bl*ck?’

      ‘He was born like that.’

      ‘But will he get better mum?’

      ‘No, he’ll always be like that.’

      I felt so sorry for the poor man. Being born with such a terrible disease. I really did. I thought it was a fucking disease. I thought it would kill him. I didn’t realise people came in any colour other than white. I was very young.

      I bet there are cultural enrichers growing up in Birmingham today having the same conversation, in Urdu, after seeing their first white person.

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      • 91
        bbc newarks says:

        got enough money for a 300m GBP white elephant library made of barb wire though. however, to get to it you do have to park in a 2 GBP per hour council car park so I guess they have done the mathematics.

        can’t be that short.

        I am just hoping Sutton gets its referendum on splitting from Birmingham city council this autumn.

        time to ditch the cluckers.

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      • 149
        The national debt not decreasing by the day despite Austerity says:

        Bankruptcy might be the final solution here or some sort of administration order.

        You cannot tax people at over 100%.

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  23. 66
    Tom Catesby says:

    For goodness sake! If we don’t have a government, any government, in this country, to man up to this problem and be honest and stop being so mealy mouthed and pretending there is no problem, like the ‘issue that dare not speak it’s name’. We are finished as a nation, take over complete, no shots ever having been fired.

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  24. 75
    Ian Smith says:

    Rhodesia for the Rhodesians.

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  25. 79
    Silly Politics says:

    Messier & Messier!

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  26. 84
  27. 86
    Dave's Conservative British Values, says:

    77.6% don’t vote in elections in the UK.

    We send British lads to die in Wonga Wonga land so that they can form queues, have their finger painted and elect Al-Qaeda terrorists to run their Country (Libya).

    Food-bank everyone else back home.

    Close Dementia homes.

    Shove your British values up your arse Dave.

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    • 92
      Oxfam, for all your scarecrow's needs. says:

      The turnout at the last General Election was 65%. It’s the Euro elections that have low turnout (29% where I live).

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  28. 90

    US Media Poll – good news for Fox:

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  29. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Baroness Warsi has distanced herself from the education secretary’s response to allegations of an Islamist plot to take over Muslim-majority schools in Birmingham – and took a jab at Gove for not having any relevant life experience on the issue.

    Hah bloody Hah

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  30. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Not long now

    to be considered white, English will be a crime. Don’t believe me? Give it a few more years of more mass immigration.

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  31. 128

    Where did the image desk get this picture ?

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  32. 137
    The Loonies and Fruitcakes are in charge now says:

    If you read what Ofsted have actually said in their report all this has sweet FA to do with religious fanatics.

    It is about a Government department being substandard, about taxpayers’ hard earned money being squandered with virtualy no controls whatsoever whilst unnamed individuals have profited nicely.

    If Gove was an honourable man his resignation would be in the post by now and he would have voluntarily have handed himself into the nearest Police Station.

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  33. 138
    An awkward bastard says:

    The people to blame for the complete shambles in the Department of Education are the Labour Opposition.

    These people have received fancy sums of money since May 2012 to hold those in power to account.

    Things were not too bad when Balls was Education Shadow because the Minister was kept on his toes.

    Of course the only reason Balls was moved was because that policeman on protection duties started having sex with the wife of the Shadow Chancellor when he was of course supposed to be protecting them.

    That policeman has a lot to answer for also.

    Where is he today I ask myself.

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  34. 139
    A probing forensic question says:

    No resignations, no arrests.

    All is well in the good old Department of Education then.

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  35. 148
    Anonymous says:

    “Ofsted Jihad: Wimpy Wilshaw U-Turns on Inspections Claim”
    Oh what a tangled web we weave, if ever forced to compare personal renditions of reality with the real thing. That’s why it’s always best to be as vague as Hague, and let what actually constitutes ‘Britishness’ remain open for subjective interpretation. Example: Clive of India. True British hero, or the Empire’s equivalent of Al Capone?

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