DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Teaching unions come bottom of the class
How utterly dispiriting that the main teaching unions are still playing politics with the education of millions of children.
After the chaos caused by Covid lockdowns, parents and pupils had craved normality at school. Sadly, their hopes lie in tatters.
Just when children are struggling to get back up to speed after classrooms were shut during the pandemic, their education – including exam prospects – is once again being blighted by the teacher strikes.
Families will rightly be furious at the prospect of a return to Zoom lessons at home (or, indeed, no lessons at all).
DAILY MAIL COMMENT: How utterly dispiriting that the main teaching unions are still playing politics with the education of millions of children (file image)
The hard-Left teaching unions, which are demanding uneconomical, above-inflation pay rises, say they have no choice but to press on with this reckless gambit.
Of course they have a choice. They could put children first. Instead, they are maliciously making it as difficult as possible for headteachers to plan for the strikes.
By advising their members to stay silent about whether or not they will take part, hundreds of classrooms will be closed needlessly. For many working parents, it will surely be a day of disruption.
But let’s face it, even as the threat of Covid subsided, the unions and their Labour Party cheerleaders stubbornly resisted plans to reopen schools.
It is hard to take seriously any claim that teachers have suffered more hardship than private sector workers since the financial crash. Pay remains relatively high, pensions are gold-plated, job security is good, and holidays are frequent and long.
Any suggestion that the unions act in the best interests of pupils is today starkly exposed as a pack of lies.
IMF’s tax hypocrisy
We’ve learned recently to take economic forecasts with a large pinch of salt.
On many big issues the predictions of even the most august institutions have proved wildly out of step with reality.
The International Monetary Fund has been one of the least reliable crystal-ball gazers.
During the 2016 referendum it warned of a recession if the country voted for Brexit and a fall in national income of up to 5.5 per cent. In the event, our economy continued to grow until the pandemic struck.
So we shouldn’t set too much store by the IMF’s latest doom-laden forecast that the UK is the only leading economy likely to slide into recession this year.
The International Monetary Fund has been one of the least reliable crystal-ball gazers (file image)
It blames, among other things, high taxes, which is curious given that in September its economists excoriated then chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng for slashing taxes. But heaven rejoices over a sinner who repents so we should be glad the IMF has finally seen the light – on this issue at least.
Labouring under the highest tax burden since the 1940s, the UK is struggling to recover from the pandemic. Growth requires both personal and business taxes to be eased, sooner rather than later.
Now the IMF seems to agree, isn’t it time the Government did something about it?
Keir’s true colours
Of all the ludicrous charges laid at Brexit’s door, perhaps the most outlandish is MEP Guy Verhofstadt’s claim it may have encouraged Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
The Eurocrat has long called for an EU army he thinks could have deterred the Russian despot. In fact the reverse is true. Putin fears Nato. With Britain at its core, Nato has guaranteed Europe’s security since the Second World War – and still does.
Meanwhile, with one eye on the election, Sir Keir Starmer is cynically trying to paint himself as a born-again Brexiteer to woo Leave voters. Yet time and again he sought to thwart our departure from the EU.
Yesterday, the bloc’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier tellingly hailed Labour’s leader as a true ‘European’.
Talk about letting the cat out of the bag!