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It’s our duty to party until this Covid mess is over

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THE other week I watched Kathy Gyngell’s brave efforts against the ruthless Edwina Currie on GB News, evidence if ever you needed it of the fortress and bunker mentality that guards political leaders from proper scrutiny and debate. As Kathy rightly pointed out, perhaps if the Conservatives fall, which they may, we might at least be blessed with an opposition and see the emergence of some proper debate.

But while parliament continues to sing to the same hymn sheet, readers might reflect on the more optimistic side of things.

In Gosport and Fareham, where I live, there is a real feeling that things are changing our way. There are several groups of people who are starting to join together, many under the banner of Stand in The Park, a great idea that has been going for the duration of the Covid-19 nonsense.

Last weekend several groups met up at the local Wetherspoons, having outgrown a table or two at cafés this winter, and the proper party atmosphere that ensued should be encouraged everywhere. We certainly will fight for our right to party!

In fact everyone’s purpose should be to ‘party’ out of this mess – coming together, yes, but also taking action. This is the kind of commitment that delivered us Brexit and will continue to ruffle the feathers of those who are trying to proving that tyrannical government will be a normal method of political control if we don’t.

When we learned that Bay House, a secondary school in Gosport, had given detentions to pupils who were not keeping their masks on all day, we intervened with a strong letter to the headmaster, worded along the lines outlined by Dr Sinead Murphy in TCW Defending Freedom. We also brought it to the attention of the cabinet member for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council who has passed it on for the attention of officers. The school mask mandate we hope is a battle won, but if there are any recalcitrant schools out there, this is what a group of us sent to the school’s headmaster. And you don’t have to be a parent of a pupil to stand up for children’s rights or point out their mistreatment. There are many such issues local groups can take on – reporting discrimination and human rights abuses to council officers, to hospitals, care homes and GP practices for example. Whoever it was who originally said ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’ does not matter. What does matter is the undeniable truth of that saying.

The classroom mask mandate may have been lifted in England but it continues to be enforced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. That is a lot of pupils being mistreated.

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Dear Headteacher

It has been brought to my attention during general communications in Gosport that students at Bay House School have been given detention for not wearing a face mask continuously at school during the school day.

Please accept that I write as a concerned member of the local community and that I have in the past served as a primary school governor and in fact worked with children aged 14-16 educated other than at school and taught key skills at a further education college. I also served for eight years as a local Borough Councillor although not in this area.

I have three grown up children now in their 20s and 30s.

I advise this solely with the intention of proving myself to be a concerned member of the local community.

The UK government made an announcement on Sunday January 2, 2022, recommending the reintroduction of face masks in secondary school classrooms. They did not introduce a law mandating this. They made a recommendation only.

This document also details the risks of such a policy.

For this reason, the reintroduction of face masks in classrooms is entirely the responsibility of individual schools, and individual schools are liable for the legal and moral implications of their policy.

As you will know, Bay House bears full responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of persons admitted to its premises, by performing risk assessments. This includes all children attending the school on any given day.

I have most recently been an employee at Bridgemary School [Gosport]. I know therefore that at all levels and even as a Sports Supervisor that I served the school as, the importance of good safeguarding practice is critical. There is, as you know, continuous revision of policies for all staff.

Has Bay House conducted this risk assessment on the policy to ensure pupils continuously wear masks at school? Hopefully this is the case. If not, then this constitutes gross negligence from a legal point of view. If so then I request to be given immediate access to it.

On Wednesday January 5, the UK government released the evidence upon which it based its recommendation that masks be worn by all secondary children in classrooms as well as in social spaces in schools.

The harms of mask-wearing by children, as described even in the Government’s evidence document, are significant and sufficient to make it essential that any imposition of mask-wearing by schools be undertaken with the utmost caution.

You will need to fully justify and account for your policy of detention for children in relation to your policy. It has been done and it must therefore be explained in a way that will satisfy concerned residents, professional bodies, Ofsted, governors and political representatives from Parliament and County Council and also lawyers.

Please be advised that there is a growing number of concerned local people taking a close interest in the ways in which government directives like these are being handled. These are people who are shocked and upset to hear of what is happening at local schools like Bay House.

Yours faithfully

Simon Bellord

A concerned local resident

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Simon Bellord
Simon Bellord
Simon Bellord is a patriot and recovering Conservative Party councillor from Woking.

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