I note that as usual Iain Dale plunges in with his size 11′s with a typically right-wing slobbering Pavlovian response to a Mail on Sunday story about a teacher who was allegedly sacked for praying for a sick child.
“One rule for Christians….” squawks Dale, before inviting you to speculate about whether a Muslim would have been sacked for offering prayers for a sick child. Well, equally, I’ll ask you to speculate on the hysterical response the Mail on Sunday would have come out with if that had been the situation. “Muslims push their propaganda on sick child” anyone? And of course, Dale would have plunged in right behind the hysteria.
Naturally, the Mail on Sunday are reluctant to point out until you get near to the end of the piece that the woman who was sacked… doesn’t appear to have actually been sacked at all. When we finally get to the final paragraphs of the piece, we discover…
Nick Yates, a spokesman for North Somerset Council, said: ‘Olive Jones has worked as a supply teacher, working with the North Somerset Tuition service. A complaint has been made by a parent regarding Olive. This complaint is being investigated.
‘To complete the investigation we need to speak to Olive and we have offered her a number of dates so this can happen. At the moment we are waiting for her to let us know which date is convenient for her.’
I see. So the real scandal here is that an employer has received a complaint from a parent about a teacher… and, disgrace upon disgrace… the employer wants to investigate the complaint, and would like to talk to the teacher concerned.
Well, far be it for me to defend the (Conservative controlled) Council in question from an outburst by one of their own party attack dogs… but that doesn’t seem to be entirely unreasonable.
Update:I see North Somerset Conservative councillor Jeremy Blatchford, who is in charge of education, told the Evening Post Mrs Jones had not been sacked, as had been reported elsewhere.
He said: “She has been invited to a meeting, which for good reason, she has been unable to attend.”
No doubt those who jumped down the council’s throats with such fake angst will now add their apologies. Breath will not be held.