Skip to main content

Trojan Horse and Today's Arrests

There are a number of people who believe (on the balance of probabilities) that it is likely the Trojan Horse document is fabricated. I am one of them. At least today's arrests will give some opportunity of working out whether it is or isn't. My own view is that it has been fabricated for a particular purpose, but discussion of that purpose is potentially sub judice so I won't comment.

It remains, however, that Khalid Mahmood MP has made allegations and some 200 other people have made allegations. There are also press reports which seem to me to be at times unfair. However, I am continuing to do research where it affects schools in my constituency. Clearly there are also some issues to look at.

It is right to have investigations. However, it also appears that Ofsted are inclined to a "shoot first and ask questions later" policy. I don't think that is helpful. Then again I am not a great fan of how Ofsted operate. It also wasn't sensible to bring in an anti-terrorism expert as the Chief Constable has said.

A constituent of mine has written the following poem:

I wanted to do something good
Contribute to society and community
I became a school governor
It was not a paid role, and my childcare was expensive
Life was busy and the meetings were at awkward times
But I did it for no thanks, to make a difference to the lives of children
Standards were poor. I saw racism, corruption
Low expectations
I questioned. Always gently
But was suspiciously rebuffed
I wanted to give the children a chance

At education, employment, life
All children, of all creeds and colours
Because I thanked God for the chances my children had
I tried to fulfil the governorship I was entrusted with
Sincerely
Peacefully
Then they called in a counter-terrorism expert to investigate me



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Standards Board and Ken Livingstone

The link is to the case where Ken Livingstone appealed the decision of the Adjudication Panel for England. The Standards Board and associated Adjudication Panel have done a lot of damage to democracy in the UK. The courts are, however, bringing them into more sanity. The point about Ken Livingstone's case is that it was high profile and he also could afford to appeal. The Standard Board has a problem in that those subject to its enquiries face substantial costs that they cannot claim back. This is an issue that needs further work. In essence the Judge found that what he said brought him into disrepute, but not the office of Mayor. We do need the machinery of the SBE and APE to concentrate on things that matter rather than people being rude to each other.