Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Quote of the day

“ Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.”


“ One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war.”

George Washington

NUT suggests pupils 'lured' into UK armed forces

It is their conference week - and the UK National Union of teachers (NUT) in the form of Catherine Brennan, have raised their skirts and are showing their anti military unmentionables in public.

They are attacking the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for giving careers advice in schools, alongside banks and the local council, marching in the opposite direction to the current New-Lab stance claiming pupils are being 'lured' into joining.

Mealy mouthed Steve Sinnott, the NUT general secretary briefed that he was ‘concerned’ youngsters from ‘poorer backgrounds’ were being targeted.

"Youngsters from the most disadvantaged backgrounds have more limited opportunities in life than youngsters from better off backgrounds.

"It's simply a fact. I am not saying that youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds cannot get something from a career in the military."

There is an apparent subtext here that one might suspect may indicate a certain masked antagonism and contempt.

He rather betrays his prejudices in that he seems absolutely unconcerned about those ‘youngsters’ from what he presumably feels are probably ‘better off backgrounds’ enticed into Sandhurst… I don’t suppose he is suggesting that they can’t get something from a career in the military either.