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Heroes

By ATWadmin On September 28th, 2007

Is the worm turning against the remote and arrogant establishment which claims power over us? At least two Britons are as mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more. First up, we have Stewart Dimmock, a man who doesn’t accept the political brainwashing of his children by the state. He’s seeking a court order to prevent the government from distributing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to thousands of schools. I’m afraid this film is irredeemable. It’s awful. It should never, ever have gone out to schools, says Mr Dimmock.

Of course he’s right. And he also has the law on his side. Section 406(1)(b) of the Education Act 1996 says that education authorities, school governing bodies and head teachers "shall forbid … the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school". Ministers, civil servants and teachers know this, they know that the government’s order that children be made to watch this in school is a blatant breach of the law. But when did the liberal ruling establishment ever regard the law as applying to them?

We hope of course that Mr Dimmock wins and brings the law down on them. If he loses, the judiciary will be telling the government clearly that it can act in open defiance of the law.

We then come to Oxford academic Dr Frances Kennett, who could soon be doing time in prison for witholding taxes. Like many Britons, he council has gone from weekly to fortnightly rubbish collections. As a result, she’s forced to make an 8 mile trip each week just to get rid of her rubbish, but she’s still overrun by rats because of the rubbish the council isn’t taking away. I’ve had quite enough of this grotesque municipal mismanagement. I have decided it is time to make a stand against the local authority bureaucrats who have brought this plague to my neighbourhood, she says. So Dr Kennett has witheld just a tenth of her council tax and is being harrassed because of it with threats of bailiffs and raids on her bank account.

Now, they are taking her to court. Clearly we are dealing with a bunch of power-mad, low-life, inadequate goons who don’t realise that in Britain (still, justabout) the state is the servant of, and accountable to, the people. Dr Kennett says she is prepared to go to prison for what she has done. In a way, I hope she does get sent down. Nothing would symbolise the ruthlessness and anti-morality of a ruling class which is ever more arrogant, tyrranical and in need of cringing down. If our Monarch won’t do her duty and protect us from the state, we’ll have to do it ourselves, it seems.

So this weekend I’ll be raising a few pints to Stewart Dimmock and Frances Kennet, two upstanding Britons who are providing a wonderful example to us all.  

7 Responses to “Heroes”

  1. "shall forbid … the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school"

    Which part of Gore’s film does that?

    Interesting that this law was passed in 1996 also.

  2. Mr Dimmock is apparently a member of the New Party, the views of which sound pretty sensible to right-wingers.

  3. My son’s class was shown Channel 4’s documentary by the chemistry teacher. Well done to her!!

  4. As the law stands I can’t see this being illegal as Al Gore’s film was not a partisan piece. I don’t think it should be shown to children in state schools though – even if AGM were proved beyond all doubt, Gore’s film is a crock and is about politics and propoganda more than science.

  5. Dimmock looks like he’d be at home at the BNP.
    I wonder does he sniff glue?

  6. Good point, Pinky.

  7. As a teacher it has always been the rule NOT to express personal views of any sort, be they religious, political, or moral; but to try to present a balanced approach. This government has repeatedly overruled that ethos with various directives and politically biased thinking. Teachers who have in the past expressed their views publicly have been vilified by the state, and some of those who have dared speak out have been suspended and threatened with prosecution over gagging orders. We need people like Mr Dimmock to stand up now. The alternative is to allow the state even more control in our everyday lives. Communism and a police state anyone?