The Curmudgeon


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gibber Gibber

One of Daveybloke's more expendable resources, the Minister for Mere Schools (as opposed to private schools, faith schools, "free schools" or those temples of learning which constitute the Academia Goveiana) has been pushed out in front of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' annual conference and ordered to make the best of things. Nick Gibb (for it was he) clunked his way ever so freshly through the now traditional material: teachers are very inconsiderately living longer and are not converting themselves into private sector employees; the Government has spiffier things to do with the British taxpayer's money than throw it away on people who can do no better than work in the public sector; therefore the public sector needs "long-term reform" (irreversible damage, in Oldspeak) and public sector workers are being "asked", if not altogether incentivised, to work longer for less money and hope that some future banker-friendly government won't change the goalposts again later on. I paraphrase somewhat. As usual with Daveybloke's Cuddly Conservatives, Gibb assiduously followed the relevant New Labour example, pleading discussion, urging compliance and cranking out the obligatory line about understanding the strength of feeling in this particular focus group. Since he was the first member of Daveybloke's Cuddly Coalition to stand up before a teaching union conference, the fact that he apparently survived the experience may possibly be considered an encouraging sign.

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