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‘It’s beginning to look like these policies were plucked out of thin air as May tries to distance herself from David Cameron.’ [Image: Alamy.]

‘It’s beginning to look like these policies were plucked out of thin air as May tries to distance herself from David Cameron.’ [Image: Alamy.]

Angela Rayner is right: Theresa May’s government is U-turning so often it is leaving skid marks right across the UK.

It is, indeed, in chaos. It is leaving other statutory authorities in limbo as it abandons plans but neglects to say what is happening to the money earmarked for them.

Yet the Conservatives remain in a commanding position in the opinion polls – proving that those polls aren’t worth reading.

Judge a person – or an organisation – by their actions, not by what people say about them. Right?

Under that criterion, we may judge Theresa May’s Conservative Government as dafter than the proverbial village idiot.

The Tories managed a remarkable feat last week by announcing two U-turns in one written statement. They waited until the end of the week, when MPs had started to head home to their constituencies, before sneaking out a written statement on the new education bill, adding at the end that they did not “require wider education legislation in this session”.

Maybe they hoped that nobody would notice.

But this decision to abandon their education bill means they’ve managed two U-turns at once, leaving a trail of chaos behind them. They should be in the dock for dangerous driving.

The first U-turn was abandoning their “education for all” bill, lock, stock and barrel. Let’s leave aside that this had just been announced in the most recent Queen’s speech. A piffling, procedural detail in the mother of parliaments, obviously.

Let’s also leave aside also that this was just the latest in a series of government climb-downs, as they abandoned a whole range of proposals in the bill because of opposition from both the Labour party and their own backbenchers.

The U-turn simply confirms that this is a government in absolute chaos. With their bill now history, many local authorities have been left scratching their heads about the £600m gaping black hole left in school finances.

The second U-turn came when they abandoned plans to introduce new grammar schools this autumn.

Source: Another education U-turn? This is dangerous driving from Theresa May | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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