Friday, 30 October 2015

A NOT SO GOOD START FOR LABOUR'S CONFERENCE

You're not actually going to believe this, but it's true. 

Labour has released a video for their conference...all about what Kezia stands for now that she thinks she has the freedom to run Scottish Labour without interference from London. You know the stuff...who she is for, and whose side she is on and all that. New New Labour or something maybe or maybe not.

Anyway, if you can read the stuff which comes hurtling at you on the screen from different angles, and frankly I doubt that you will be able to get it all, you'll see that, as the daughter of two teachers, education is one of her top priorities.

Unfortunately ... You might also notice this!

Some time ago Kezia Dugdale trotted out some pretty dubious figures purporting to show how badly primary school leavers today read and wrote. As you can see from the link, the good Rev rapidly debunked them, but I am sure that the Record and the Hootsman, not to mention the BBC accepted them without much question.

Munguin has a suggestion for her.

Maybe she should start her crusade for better reading and writing skills with her own team. Most of them, of course would have completed their primary education in the days of direct rule from London, or at most under the leadership of the old Scottish Executive, but all that pooling and sharing doesn't seem to have done them much good!

Now, we are far from grammatically and orthographically perfect on Munguin's Republic. We'd be the first to admit it. But we are not putting ourselves forward as the next but one First Minister. 

17 comments:

  1. "Now, we are far from grammatically and orthographically perfect on Munguin's Republic"

    yeah but to be fair you have me! I can't wait for the next FMQs and Kez moaning about education (or however you spell it!). If I were Nicola I'd say

    "well yes there is an attainment gap between the richest and poorest children and we aim to reduce it. But back in the days of a Labour led executive, even the middle class children of teachers left school unable to spell"

    teehee.

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    1. Indeed... we are lucky in that respect. :)

      You have to wonder who signed that off... or are the images passing so quickly on the screen that no one noticed it.

      I actually found it quite hard to follow the whole thing, phrases coming in at you from different places, at different angles...sideways sometimes.

      Not a good piece of work. I hope that they got it for free...it wasn't worth any money.

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  2. {Nobody proofread anymore, Munguin}

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    1. Panda Paws does our proofreading for a magnificent fee (somewhere around the absolute minimum... maybe absolute zero in fact).

      It's remarkably hard to see errors you've made yourself...you read what you know is there.

      Obviously it's beneath Munguin's dignity to proof read... "infra dig!!"

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  3. Talking 'about my g g g genertaion.

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  4. I see S******h Labour are now supporting Trident renewal. They really have their fingers on the pulse of public opinion, not.
    Apparently, Trident renewal will help the steel industry? They do not state which countries industry.

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    1. President Xi will be very grateful... or maybe gartful, who knows.

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  5. Old-fashioned "Professionals'-era, soundtrack; great big typo; captions flying in and out too fast to absorb and just fast enough to be irritating. My goodness! It's a Year 4 PowerPoint for a school assembly.

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    1. Absolutely Alex. If they had brought that to me for approval, that's exactly what I would have said.

      They are out of touch at every level.

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  6. Given the implications, financial and otherwise, of Trident Renewal, the fact that Scottish Labour voted for it to help the 'Scottish steel industry' is too farcical for words. Real Labour supporters, like Niko, will be giving up in despair...

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    1. I really can't work this one out.

      I don't know who builds the submarines for trident weapons. If memory serves me well there are four subs. If the builders use Scottish steel, how much steel will that require.

      And once the job is over and done will we have to build another 4 at a cost of £168 billion to save the steel jobs over again?

      I can't help thinking that if we saved £168 billion and rising, we could probably afford to save the steel industry and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

      Interesting that the BBC news wasn't mentioning this today. They are telling us instead that Working Tax Credits would be reinstated in Scotland under a Labour government in 2016.

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    2. John do you think Niko will be attending the Conference, boy he will have a long face and a bad mood when he comes here.

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  7. I have been having a wee word with some English chap on AAV who thinks it will cost more money and jobs to rid ourselves of these damned things. I said too much special pleading for me, farcical about saving S******h Steel industry, we lost the major part with Thatcher and they did nothing in office to ensure the remainders survival but then that is Labour for you.
    Tris I have to agree with you about Kezia, I feel for her parents but I think they fought too hard for her education, she doesn't seem to have learned much if anything with her University one.

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    1. I suppose it makes sense that there would be some job losses at Faslane if the weapons went. But we need to remember, quite apart from the sheer wickedness of Trident, that the money, a VAST sum, could be spent on creating OTHER jobs.

      The military jobs could be kept with the men and women actually doing something useful; The area where the subs are is absolutely beautiful. it could become a holiday destination.

      There's a pile of jobs that could be created when you have billions of savings by not having weapons you can't use.

      It's beyond belief stupid to put that forward as a reason for maintaining a nuclear capacity. Labour must think its potential supporters zip up the back.

      Now we have to ask ourselves what way the shadow secretary of state will vote, and if he can still be in the shadow cabinet if he defies the whip...

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    2. Or asbtain...

      Yes. I think you're right.

      They change the rules about these things to suit. I seem to remember some Scottish Labour cabinet member who wouldn't vote for something to do with matters sexual because of his religion, and he got away with abstaining...although clearly he wanted to vote against.

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