DAVID BLUNKETT: The failure to get all children back to school is a betrayal of young lives

Every parent and teacher knows that a child who misses just a couple of weeks from school can fall rapidly behind his or her classmates. Which somehow puts into perspective the crisis facing a generation of children who have now gone without school for three months because of the coronavirus lockdown. I find it astounding … Read more DAVID BLUNKETT: The failure to get all children back to school is a betrayal of young lives

A mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals is bonkers, say DAVID DAVIS and DAVID BLUNKETT 

When two politicians who, for years, have clashed over policies now find themselves on the same side of the argument about a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, it must be time to reflect whether the Government has got it wrong. The Home Secretary‘s policy is a devastating blow for anyone hoping to holiday abroad this summer, … Read more A mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals is bonkers, say DAVID DAVIS and DAVID BLUNKETT 

DAVID BLUNKETT: Fine words about social justice cut no ice when unions try to block schools opening

The wartime President of the United States, Franklin D Roosevelt, once proclaimed that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  And at this critical moment, nothing could be more true – not least when it comes to the inflammatory debate about whether or not some primary-aged children should return to the classroom … Read more DAVID BLUNKETT: Fine words about social justice cut no ice when unions try to block schools opening

Lord Blunkett blasts teaching unions for ‘working against the interests of children’

Lord Blunkett today accused teaching unions of acting against the best interests of pupils David Blunkett, the former education secretary, today accused teaching unions of ‘working against the interests of children’ after they told members not to engage with the Government on its plans to reopen schools in June.  Lord Blunkett, who served in the … Read more Lord Blunkett blasts teaching unions for ‘working against the interests of children’

DAVID BLUNKETT slams government coronavirus briefings for ‘offering scant new information’

We all understand why the Government’s daily briefings are necessary – both to give the latest news and to reinforce key public safety messages.  However, I am beginning to feel their purpose has got lost.  They are becoming little more than a daily Sermon on the Mount, offering scant new information and, worse, often delivering … Read more DAVID BLUNKETT slams government coronavirus briefings for ‘offering scant new information’