Yesterday I attended my kid sister’s first communion in my Dad’s local Catholic church in Wapping. I’m not into this kind of stuff, and I’m certainly not Catholic, but I went along for the occasion anyway. One of the friends of the family who was there was a recently retired English teacher, who started teaching in rough-arse London schools sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. He has obviously seen monumental changes in the education system throughout his career, and he is less than impressed by the current state of affairs.
It was therefore quite amusing to see Ruth Kelly, the former education minister, present in the church to take communion (she lives over the road from my Dad, and her kids go to school with my siblings). I asked the retired teacher if he could think of anything to say to an education minister in the Labour government, and he said that he could think of many things, all of which would get him thrown out of church.
Made me laugh, that did.