And not a mention on Marr of mass school union action
Boris Johnson appeared on the BBC’s Marr this morning and was asked by Marr whether parents should send their primary-school children to school tomorrow. Johnson launched into a performance in which he claimed that:
- ‘the evidence is not clear’ whether keeping schools open is driving the pandemic
- he has closed schools in the south-east because of the virus is ‘surging’ there
- schools are safe, even though his own SAGE scientific committee says the pandemic can’t be controlled without closing them
- there is ‘absolutely no doubt’ that schools are safe
- there is no doubt ‘in my mind’ that schools are safe
Johnson looked like he was parodying comedian Matt Lucas’s parody of him:
Shamefully, in a discussion of the topic of whether schools are safe and parents should send their children in, Marr completely failed to mention that the National Education Union (NEU) and Unison have told their members in primary schools not to go to work tomorrow because schools are emphatically unsafe, while the National Association of Head Teachers and NASUWT are taking legal action against the government because schools are unsafe. Such is the state of the BBC.
Meanwhile, approaching 200,000 education staff have signed the NEU’s petition to protect communities by making schools safe, in only around eighteen hours.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your help. The site is provided free of charge but depends on the support of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). Thanks for your solidarity so SKWAWKBOX can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.