It is typical of our execrable Coalition Government that its education secretary could not hold the attention of a school class.
Vox Political praised Nicky Morgan a few days ago, for her determination not to allow a non-political organisation to set the school curriculum but to ensure that the government takes the blame for it. This is only right – there is a lot of blame to go around.
Since then, this blog has discovered that she actually has done something of note – and it was, typically, something wrong. In a bid to improve the take-up of the so-called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – because the number of international students in these subjects is plummeting, perhaps? – Nicky Morgan said that studying arts and humanities would hold students back for the rest of their lives.
Here’s poet Jess Green on that subject:
“So she did maths, and she was good at it and she became an accountant. I saw her on a train last Tuesday; she said she earned 60 grand a year and wakes up most days fighting the urge to top herself.” Nice one, Nicky Morgan, you “stuck-up, out-of-touch politician”.
How would residents vote if they knew Nicky Morgan’s voting record? Let’s find out, starting with education.
Well, gosh. Not only does Nicky support the twin drains on the education budget that are privately-run ‘Free Schools’ and privately-owned ‘Academy Schools’, she very strongly supports them; she voted very strongly for the increase in undergraduate tuition fees to £9,000 per year; and she voted to end financial support for 16-19 year olds in training and further education. This is the Secretary of State for Education in the UK, and she only wants education to be available to those who can pay for it.
She is very strongly against increasing income tax paid by the extremely rich; strongly against a bankers’ bonus tax; strongly supports cutting Corporation Tax (even though this does not make companies more likely to invest in the UK or its workforce); and supported the increase in VAT very strongly. Clearly she believes in taxing the poor to pay for the rich.
Like so many of her fellow Tory sheep, she is very strongly in favour of the current government’s creeping privatisation of the NHS.
She strongly supports the Bedroom Tax.
She very strongly supported cuts to social security benefits including Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, the Personal Independence Payment and so on.
She very strongly supported the benefit uprating cap, ensuring that benefits do not rise in line with prices.
She voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping people afford council tax – and for reducing the amount available for such support.
This is someone who, having denied education to anyone whose family is not rich already, is happy to deny them state benefits while they try to find someone willing to employ them. Perhaps she would like to see such people begging in the street so she can step over them like former Tory chief whip Sir George Young.
She is a strong supporter of military operations overseas.
She voted strongly for replacing Trident with more nuclear weapons.
She voted both for and against a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
She supports same-sex marriage but does not support equal rights for gay people.
Nicky Morgan is a confused woman.
She is against localism and has voted to reduce both the powers of local councils and their funding.
She very strongly supported the waste of money that is Police and Crime Commissioners.
She strongly supported the restriction of Legal Aid that has made justice available only to the rich.
She very strongly supports secret courts.
She strongly supported the invasion of privacy that allows the security services to monitor and keep information about your communications.
She voted very strongly for the botched privatisation of the Royal Mail – and for the sale of England’s state-owned forests.
She very strongly supports unrestricted rises in rail fares, and is against regulation of gambling.
She opposes green energy generation.
She supported the badger cull.
If you live in Loughborough, you need to know this information.
Vox Political readers are invited to distribute it to friends and relatives who live there.
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