January 9th, 2007

Special Needs Ministers

Posted in Not the Job by 200

Ruth Kelly is in the news this week. She’s sent one of her children to a 15 grand a year private school ‘on professional advice’ because he has ‘special needs’. That’s the same Ruth Kelly who was the Labour Education Minister. That’s the same Ruth Kelly who, as part of the government, was responsible for closing some 91 special needs schools in their bid to create an even better education system (nothing to do with saving money). This is another government minister sending their kids to a private school; if it’s OK for Big Tony, it’s no wonder Mz Kelly and Abbott et al are following suit.

So the minister responsible for education realises that the state education system is of no use to her child and only a private school can provide for their needs. Her supporters including Tony Blair support her right to ‘do the best’ for their children. Sadly, the vast majority of other parents with children of equal or more severe special needs can’t afford £15,000 to get their kids into a better system nor can they avoid the endless hoop-jumping it takes t get a child statemented for extra support as Kelly can.

If this isn’t an example of a confession of mismanagement & failure by a government, I don’t know what is. (And I’m a Labour supporter!)

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6 comments

  1. nashki77@hotmail.com says:

    I wish I could post anonymously, because I’ve been reading you posts for about 6 months and your posts are becoming quite boring. I’ve been thinking that for a while. Plainly and unimaginationitivly written, you’re a bit of a bore. I’m a Special Constable, a good one who is independent patrol status, not just a hanger-on for the uniform, and you’re certainly not what I aspire to as a copper.Quite the opposite, you’re the sort of dinosaur I avoid when I come being deployed every Friday/Saturday/Sunday night, because I despise the ‘everything is shit, the job’s fucked.’

    January 10th, 2007 at 01:49

  2. 200 says:

    Thank you for your kind comments. I might be short of people posting comments here but you don’t really need to post the same comment twice just to boost my figures. You’ll forgive me if I delete one of them.

    I may be boring but really, what kind of idiot wastes their time visiting websites they don’t like and reading stuff they think is boring, why have you bothered, there are loads of interesting sites you can look at.

    I don’t normally point out people’s spelling mistakes but I can’t miss the opportunity you’ve presented – WTF is “unimaginationitivly”? I suppose if I wrote more articles with imaginationativeness you wouldn’t have bothered to post a comment at all so at least I can be thankful you did.

    I’m also pleased that you are able to fathom what kind of copper I am by a few random ramblings on a website. Next time you get yourself in the shit I wonder if you’ll be thinking whether I’m that boring old fart copper who you’ve been avoiding when I come to drag your ass out of the mire.

    And I bet, despite that fact that you despise my point of view and think I’m boring, you’ll be back to check whether I deleted your comment, ah you did, didn’t you?

    January 10th, 2007 at 08:48

  3. Jackie says:

    Hi 200
    It’s a shame that we have to put up with people like lashki at all really. If someone wants to be a copper then be a copper – dont play at it and then slate a regular at the first opportunity. What can I say. 29 years in and nothing has changed. Having said that I train some really really good, keen and knowledgeable specials. Pity I cant say that about Lashki. How can you say that, he says? Exactly – Lashki – how can you judge someone on a blog? No you cant. So either put up or shut up and do what you are best at – whatever that might be. You do not work the job 24/7 so you really have NO idea what 200 is on about. Beleive me – I do – you dont.
    Jacks

    January 13th, 2007 at 22:22

  4. Jackie says:

    I meant to say nashki77

    January 13th, 2007 at 22:23

  5. grumpy traffic man says:

    Nashki,
    Sadly I find the content of your comment uninformed and insulting to 200. Perhaps if you had been at the coal face working 24/7 shifts for a number of years you may have some idea of what its really like. Whilst not denigrating the role of the special constable you do not see the whole picture as we do. I don’t know how many years you have been a SC, perhaps you could enlighten us. Unfortunately forums such are this are the only way that the average copper can make his feelings known about the way our role is being eroded, devalued and politicised.

    I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you that you only see a small part of our working life.Yes,you experience the odd frisson of excitement no doubt. I’m sure that you ably assist your regular colleagues and they doubtless appreciate your efforts.However,you don’t fully see the whole picture.You don’t have the hassles of tedious small minded politically motivated and target driven managers pressed upon you, the ever expanding burden of paperwork, which frankly is not getting less, no matter what the Home Office may say.

    Still, I bet you look really smart in you uniform.

    January 14th, 2007 at 21:38

  6. extraspecialcopper says:

    Well done nashki for making specials look like fools and backstabbers. Funny really, as I fully support regular officers and can actually see why some think specials are a waste of time.

    Alas, I shall comment no further.

    Good blog – keep it up

    January 23rd, 2007 at 21:52

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