It is only 8:30am here but I am already getting fed up with the “news” coverage.
Yesterday the government announced that as of Friday, schools will close in the UK until further notice. By all accounts, they have resisted this move for a while, but can resist no longer.
When you stop and think about it, it is a big deal. The obvious knock-on effect is that workers have no childcare. There is a further knock on effect that this year’s round of exams will have to be postponed or cancelled. Okay, a big deal, but it is a price we need to pay.
And so the people affected are coming on TV, asking what is the plan for exams?
Okay, at this stage I’m prepared to cut them [the government] some slack. The correct answer to that question, as far as I can see, is just to say: We don’t know. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it but right now we have higher priorities.
It is okay to say I don’t know.
Then the education minister comes on TV too. Have a guess, what is the one thing he wouldn’t admit?