The Daily Mail has scored a spectacular own-goal by not only attacking teachers who are fighting to keep our children safe from the coronavirus, but by doing it in a racist way.
The right-wing rag is supporting Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in his claim that teachers should “do their duty” and get children back into school at the beginning of June – despite the fact that Williamson has offered no evidence to reassure either teachers, parents or pupils that measures will be imposed to make them all safe from infection with the coronavirus.
This Site published information earlier, in which the Department for Education’s own scientific advisor admitted that reopening schools could potentially create hundreds of potential “vectors” – per school – that could then transmit Covid-19 into society at large. He offered no proof that scientific evidence had played any part in the decision to demand that schools reopen. And he admitted that he had not assessed whether the government’s proposals for opening schools safely could be implemented in an effective way.
In short, the plan to reopen schools is a deathtrap. And the Daily Mail supports it.
Not only that, but the paper that supported Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War Two (he was also a racist) has managed to demonstrate its own racism with the stock picture it used to illustrate its Tory government propaganda piece – by cutting out the children of minority ethnic parentage from the image:
— ianVisits (@ianvisits) May 15, 2020
Fortunately, right-thinking people across the UK have been standing up to humiliate the Mail. Here’s just a sample of their comments:
With no fewer than 9 unions, including National Education Union, Nasuwt & National Association of Head Teachers wanting nothing more than to keep our children & staff safe this must be the most mind numbingly dumb headline you will read today. It is of course from the #DailyMail pic.twitter.com/Sr7igY5R5h
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) May 15, 2020
This reminds one of the mentality in WW1; over the top boys to almost certain death, but you'll die a hero. No doubt the writers of this garbage are all safely working from home social distancing whilst directing everyone else to die a hero. #DailyMail pic.twitter.com/llxs70weZt
— Sgt Arthur Wilson #wearamask (@SgtArthurWilson) May 15, 2020
Heroic or moronic?
We’re asking teachers/pupils to do what NHS staff & all other UK workers wouldn’t – go to work in rooms where multiple people can’t social distance without protection.#DailyMail should stick to speaking for bigots & not me/teachers.#schoolsreopening #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/o92yQ0inW3
— Mr C (@MrCooperTeach) May 15, 2020
#DailyMail My kid’s teacher is already a hero. She posts a register every day, she explains the daily work, she reads to the kids every day, she marks and comments on their work, all whilst going in to teach key worker kids. “Hero” is not about being in some specific building. pic.twitter.com/iHrTI76MDR
— Richard Reynolds (@RichTReynolds) May 15, 2020
— Luke George🏆 (@MrLukeyGeorge) May 15, 2020
A reminder that the #DailyMail supported fascism in the 1930s.. the Spectator commented at the time ".the Blackshirts, like the Daily Mail, appeal to people unaccustomed to thinking. The average Daily Mail reader is a potential Blackshirt ready made."
Some things don't change. pic.twitter.com/tZoLjM5BW9
— Pete Edwards🏴 (@MrPeteEdwards) May 15, 2020
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