Archive for May 2010

It looks like we may have a quiet time for a while


The dust is beginning to settle on a British General election which had held the attention of many English home educating families. Having seen off the misguided attempt by Ed Balls to establish the State’s authority over the nation’s children as supreme in his Children, Schools & Families Bill 2010, we held our breath as we waited to see what the outcome of the election would be.

As I am sure every reader will know the final decision on who would govern was delayed because the British electorate had give no single party an independent mandate. At a time when financial concerns were dominating the minds of politicians, party leaders were presented with a result which would only stack up in just one way. (Whilst I think both Cameron and Clegg had to be brave to commit to working together, I have a concern for the long term changes in society their coalition may have been motivated by.) As the dust settles on this ‘new politics’ what might be the implications for HE in England and Wales?

Both the parties, Conservative and Liberal Democrats, had been our heroes in the closing months of the previous Parliament. They had come together in opposition to the Balls-Badman pincer movement, triumphing finally in the wash-up. However, now alert to the existence of large numbers of HE families spokesmen for both had said whilst they were against Labour’s proposals “things would have to change” in the future in regard to HE. Now that both parties have their hands are on the national helm, where will they take legislation in regard to HE? What will they propose?

It is still early days, but yesterday (20 May) saw the publication of their official agreement on what they hope to achieve in the next five years. Called “The Coalition: our programme for government” it can be download as a PDF from here. Two sections in it, 14. Families and Children, and 26. Schools, could contain proposals for HE, but the good news is that they don’t! I hope this means that HE families will not be pestered for a while, but I am making no promises as the socialist staff in local government offices across the country are still committed to the ideology that all children are in the care of the State.

What I do think will be disastrous therefore is if HE families now retreat under the covers. The last year and half witnessed some excellent work by normal families, parents and children,  in educating MP’s about HE. Now though there are over a third of MPs who are new to Parliament and potentially know nothing about HE. I would like to think that not only would families keep in touch with those MPs who are still there but those with a rookie MP would, once they have settled in, get to know them and tell them about the benefits and blessings, as well as the hard work, of teaching your own children. Of course you will need wisdom, we don’t want to stir up a hornets nest, but we certainly don’t want to loose the ground we gained through a lot of hard work.

I am hopeful that the time to stop posting to this blog is getting close. I have recently uploaded what I hope will prove to be our last appearance in the local paper in connection with Balls & Badman – you can find it here. However, I am not going to fall into the trap of saying that this is the end. On the horizon there is still the publication of the Serious Case Review in connection with the death of Khyra Ishaq in Birmingham. Given the way Ed Balls sought to use it for political gain and how his comments were at variance with those of Mrs Justice King (see here), I suspect that I will want to comment when the summary of the SCR comes into the public domain. Once I have I hope it will mean that the course of this blog will be run!