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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

A LORD THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

The Dame had never heard of Lord Agnew of Oulton, the Schools Minister until today. Then she read of his stunningly simple and brilliant idea of sending foster children to boarding school.
Agnew=Entrepreneur

At a stroke, it takes vulnerable children whose lives have been turned upside down with an opportunity to be in a stable and life-enhancing environment.



The driver behind Lord Agnew's thinking is that keeping children in the care of local authorities is not just economically wasteful but fails to provide the sort of support needed for foster children to flourish.

The Dame looked up Lord Agnew's background and was unsurprised to discover he is a pretty much a self-made entrepreneur. 
A politician with a great idea....how rare.

13 comments:

  1. I wonder what our MP, Emma Dent Coad thinks of such an idea. She must support it seeing as all her kids went to boarding school....or maybe there's one rule for Labour aristocracy and another for the plebs.

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    1. Do you have any proof of the claim that her kids went to boarding school?

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    2. they went to Christ's Hospital

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  2. Bang For The Buck12 June 2018 at 09:13

    The much more important point is that it is cheaper to keep kids in a boarding school than it is to keep them in care.

    Arrangements would need to be made for holidays.

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  3. Actually Labour councillors in RBKC suggested this back in the 1980s.The idea was treated with contempt.

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  4. I pay £40k per year to educate my children at boarding schools. I pay for a good education AND to have them mix with the right sort of people. If care home children are sent to my children's schools I will immediately move them to another school. Might as well send them to a comprehensive.

    My council tax paid for the Holland Park Comprehensive. Maybe I will start to make use of that investment.

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    1. this sounds like a typical, horrible, Kensington resident

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    2. Your children are at any sort of expensive boarding school they will already be mixing with the trashy children of oligarchs et al.
      There are thousands of boarding schools in the UK. The introduction of a few disadvantaged children to each is hardly going to you spotty brats into crackheads!

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  5. Yes Bonkers Idea has let the cat out of the bag. All those who whinge on about sending their offspring to private schools for the education really do it for the social advantages it gives them in this thoroughly unequal society. They perpetuate the privilege of the monied classes. It has buggar all to do with education.

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  6. To call Baron Agnew of Oulton "the Schools Minister" is a bit over the top. His official title is "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System", an unpaid position. He is neither Secretary of State for Education nor one of the three Ministers of State at the Department o Education. Those four may be called "Schools Minister", but hardly one of the department's two under-secretaries.
    As Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, said after having been an under-secretary 1960-1964: "No one who hasn't been a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State has any conception of how unimportant a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is."
    It's also a bit surprising that Theodore Agnew, who made his millions on outsourcing British jobs to India, would want to force vulnerable children into boarding schools, considering that he has openly said that his years at Rugby School were years of misery.

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    1. Looks the sort of guy who would have been bullied and rogered at Rugby. A weed. But the school sorted him out and he did well. Very well. Made money. Made a Lord. Makes noise. Gets listened to by the Dame.

      Sounds like a great return on his education investment.

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  7. Surely "they" would stick out like a sore thumb, be ignored/ostracised in equal measure by "toffs", the likes of those who have run RBKC who degrade and denigrate the same sort. Thanks to the UK class system, this brave idea would never work.

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    1. You would be surprised. Most of them would swim, get toughened up, and the shit knocked out of them. Just like the army

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