Six of the best
Reader’s Comment of the Week
In response Kathy Gyngell: Opponents of grammars are obsessed with levelling down, WFC wrote:
“We replaced a system which (imperfectly, but improving) selected by innate ability, with a system that selects by parental income.
Then we wonder why those born in 1958 – the last group to enjoy selective education – formed the high point of social mobility.”
TCW Hero of the Week
Debbie Hill, a secretary to Tory MP Sir Roger Gale, took on Nick Robinson on the Today programme who was furious that she wasn’t offended by being referred to as ‘one of the girls’ by her boss. Robinson loaded a question, asking Debbie whether she was “surprised or offended”. Debbie calmly responded that “in my late 40s I quite like being referred to as ‘one of the girls’” before moving to cut Robinson off at the knees by saying that “Sir Roger certainly isn’t sexist and it shocks me to see how much attention this has received.” This wasn’t how poor Nick planned it, “Really?!” he blurted, “lots of people have been offended”, he said (he’d clearly used social media as his source). Actually, Debbie retorted, the office is “a very nice place to work”….we wonder if you could say that about the Today programme studio?
TCW Villain of the Week
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of Scotland’s glorified County Council, had a massive strop this week, claiming that “Scotland” wanted a second independence referendum because “Tory Brexit, Tory Westminster, Tories, Tories, Tories.” – oh, and because Alex Salmond told her to. After not being able to make up her own mind as to when she wanted her wee vote, Nicola continued to throw her English taxpayer-subsidised toys out of the pram when Iron Theresa told her to stop playing games. Little matter that a minority of Scots want another vote (and most would vote to stay in the Union), Nicola thinks she knows best, but it seems she may have blinked first.
Looniest Lefty of the Week