Apologies to the Daily Blog’s morning readership, who enjoy reading these ramblings with “un cafe et un croissant ou deux”…your correspondent has had a lot on recently…a bit like the mayor in fact…
It is worth reflecting that, after 10 weeks of our campaign, we have experienced a journey from zero to 20,000 hits, from no organisation to a large but soft federation of parents, teachers, governors and taxpayers, from silence and therefore implicit agreement to a loud and insistent opposition voice.
We are not professional lobbyists; we are not aggressive or intimidating; we are creating a noise to represent the normal people of Bedford Borough – the 60-80% or people that agree with us naturally when we stand and hand out leaflets – the people who usually trust professionals to make decisions in the best interests of everyone but are seriously worried by the biased and manipulative consultation process and the empty promises of seamless change and financial security.
There are few ordinary people now unconnected with education that support change. If there were a referendum with both sides allowed to lobby openly, the vote would clearly be for the retention of three-tier.
We can only hope that the decision will now be made by Full Council, where all councillors will have an independent voice, and that those councillors will be allowed to listen to both sides of the argument before casting their votes.
There is no overwhelming evidence for change. It is change for change’s sake; the last throw of the dice by education officials who have run out of ideas. It will result in educational and financial chaos.
Help us stop this. TAKE ACTION now.