Why Every Child Cannot Matter in a Conservative Government

Well hello there, reader! Johz is on holiday! Just outside Dartmouth, if you’re interested. However, Johz also has a trick up his sleeve: Mobile internet. True, I’m using some strange touch-screen keyboard thingy that I’m only just getting used to, but it’s better than nothing, eh? I hope so.
So, to start what I hope will be a series of holiday posts, does every child really matter? Well, it seems the Conservatives don’t think so. Fish-faced education secretary Michael Gove (Come on, Govey!) has decided that every child does not matter, and has told his Civil Servants that the new phrase is ‘Help Children Achieve More’.
Yes, it’s true, Govey has decided to rename the ‘Every Child Matters’ scheme on the sole basis that it sounds too official. In the words of Liberal Conspiracy.org (I think), you could not make this up.
Actually, you can sort of see why Govey doesn’t like the phrase. It mainly centres on the two words ‘Every’ and ‘Matters’.
To begin with, I’ll look at the latter word, ‘matters’. The problem here is fairly obvious. How can you measure self-worth? I’m sure there’s an extremely useful test for it somewhere, but Gove, for all that he is a poncy, fish-faced fool, is not that stupid that he is going to try adding in extra tests into the curriculum. At least, I hope not…
The other word that might cast fear into the heart of Conservative policy is the word ‘every’. Yes, every. That doesn’t mean ‘just the rich people’. Nor just the kids whose parents pay for them to go to private school. It doesn’t even mean just the kids with free school meals because the rich kids can look after themselves. It means every last child in the whole of the British Isles mattered. They were worth something that wasn’t just about money. You can see why the Conservatives don’t like it.
Okay, time to quickly update you on anything interesting that may be happening soon. Hopefully, within the next couple of weeks, I will be switching to the ‘Coralline’ theme, so look out for that. Also, although I may be back home before I can do it, I will try to post about Salcombe, holiday home of the Rich City Banker; the best parts in a play; and Soul Survivor. In the meantime, so long and sorry for all the spelling mistakes!


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