Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stephen Twigg is pruned to Labour’s education ideology

When the Blairite moderniser Stephen Twigg was appointed by Edward Miliband as Shadow Education Secretary, it appeared as though all three parties were moving towards an eminently sensible consensus on state education. The unions were irked; many teachers were despondent, and Toby Young was ecstatic. At last, state education was to be liberated from the bland consensus of uniformity which has dominated half a century of pedagogical theory.

Only last week, Stephen Twigg positively welcomed Free Schools. In response to Michael Gove’s announcement on 10th October of 55 new Free Schools and 13 new University Technical Colleges, Mr Twigg said: “I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement.” He went on to heap praise upon their endeavours, declaring: “I congratulate the university technical colleges and free schools that have secured approval today.” He added: ‘Labour supports experimentation and innovation in how we set up new schools’, and called for an ‘evidence-based’ approach to the Conservative education revolution, explaining: “The question for the Government’s free schools policy is will the new schools established be good ones. Will they extend opportunities, particularly in deprived areas? Will they drive up school standards in their localities? Will they be based on a fair admissions policy? Most important of all, will they help to close the attainment gap between children from rich and poor backgrounds? That is the basis on which we will scrutinise and challenge the Government’s policy. The Secretary of State’s belief in the programme is ideological. Our scrutiny will be evidence-based.”

What’s more, last week he was perfectly chilled about extending academies: ‘Mr Twigg also said he was “relaxed” about an enormous expansion of Academies, free of local authority influence and able to set their own curriculum, teaching hours and pay rates.’ So enthused was he that he called for all schools to have academy freedoms: ‘I struggle to understand why schools should have to apply for those freedoms. Why cannot the Bill simply give them to all schools?’ He stated categorically that he didn’t want to return to LEA omnipotence: ‘We need to look at a renewed role for local government in education, but without turning the clock back to the days of local authorities running schools; I do not think anyone is arguing for that.’

As if all this were not clear enough, only last Friday he gave an interview to the Liverpool Daily Post entitled ‘I will back free schools, says Labour’s new shadow education minister Stephen Twigg’, in which he explained that he is ‘not going to take an absolute policy of opposing them...’. Asked if Labour was shifting from a more traditional party stance on schools to a ‘New Labour’ policy, Mr Twigg said: “I think that’s too simple. But people will describe it in the way they want.” He explained his priority: “The tests should be: will the school raise standards for pupils and parents, will it contribute to a narrowing of the achievement gap between rich and poor and what is the wider impact of that school?”

But, as the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. While politicians of substance and conviction refuse to bend with the winds of pressure and stand as resolute as the oak, Mr Twigg lives up to his etiolated name. For now he says that he opposes the Free Schools policy. Seriously, On Sky News, he spouted: “What I said this week is we oppose the policy, we don’t want a free-for-all in British education, but as these schools open, some of them are going to be really good, some of them are going to be run by really good people and we’re not going to put ourselves in a position as a Labour Party of opposing those schools.”

And yet he (bizarrely) insists: “No, it’s not a U-turn – that makes a good headline in papers. There are very, very real concerns about the free schools policy, I share those concerns. We saw an announcement this week by Michael Gove for new free schools when there is not enough money for existing schools with leaking roofs.”

So, Labour’s education policy is ideological. They have thrown out empiricism and discarded evidence-based research. Stephen Twigg privately believes exactly as Tony Blair and Lord Adonis believe, but the mighty Balls-Burnham-Miliband ideology is too strong a wind for the leafy Twigg, who doubtless yielded under the threat of being pruned.

Just a year ago, Edward Miliband said Free Schools were ‘ the opposite of the thing we need’. Last month he reiterated: ‘I don’t think free schools are the right answer’.

Ed Balls referred the policy as ‘the most socially divisive education experiment for 60 years’. Andy Burnham in a speech to the NASUWT called it ‘a reckless gamble’, and in a press release referred to Free Schools as ‘an elitist experiment’.

So, poor Twiggy didn’t have a hope of resisting. Following the confusion created by his u-turn on a u-turn, he was challenged in Parliament yesterday by Education Secretary Michael Gove. The exchange went as folows:
Douglas Carswell MP: Many parents in my part of Essex would like to see local Free Schools. For all their enthusiasm, there are still too many obstacles and obstructions. What will the government do to make it easier to establish them? Could I bring a delegation of parents to discuss with officials how it could be done?

Michael Gove MP: I am grateful to him. We will do everything possible to support the establishment of Free Schools. But there is a barrier I cannot do anything about, and that is the confusion of the Labour Party benches. Just last Friday, and member said he would back the setting up of Free Schools. But just yesterday he said on television that the Labour Party opposed the Free Schools policy. His u-turn within 72 hours leaves parents and teachers in a quandary. That is why so many of them are saying, thank heavens it is a Coalition Government in power rather than Labour.

Stephen Twigg MP: Can I first of all join with the Secretary of State in welcoming the appointment of Sir Michael Wilshaw, who has a fine track record, and to thank his predecessors… I welcome the increase in the numbers of young people taking history, geography and foreign languages, but schools are getting mixed messages about the EBacc. Will he answer the question I put to his colleagues? When he looked to create a technical baccalaureate, as proposed by many, including his friend Lord Baker? If he does not do that the UTCs are being frozen out of the improvements he says he wants to deliver.

Michael Gove MP: It is a curious kind of freezing out, which has seen the number of UTCs increase massively as a result of the changes we have made. But if we are talking about freezing out and frost, what about the cold shoulder he is turning to the parents who want to set up free schools everywhere? If we are talking about a chill effect, what about the effect of all those who believe in educational reform who will have seen his brave efforts to try to drag the Labour Party into the 21st Century, only to see him tack back within 72 hours? We detect the hand of his leader dragging him back from a posture of reform to one of reaction.
And they wonder why politicians are among the most despised.

50 Comments:

Blogger whitespacebug said...

So you had to bring up why politicians are despised with a Labour example and not a word about Theresa May or Liam Fox.

18 October 2011 08:30  
Blogger James Reade said...

"They have thrown out empiricism and discarded evidence-based research."

Please, oh please, do link up this evidence based research. I would really like to see just what kinds of evidence people like yourself wildly out of the right use to justify your positions.

18 October 2011 08:48  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

His Grace says

"And they wonder why politicians are among the most despised."

Why Ernst has political views some that could be called conservative some that could be called labour (NEVER liberal) but Ernst is basically apolitical because.."Stephen Twigg is pruned to Labour’s education ideology " they show why Ernst despises them in general and they work hard to earn that despisal.

Ernst Blofeld

18 October 2011 10:23  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

I know, let's bring back Kings, crowned by the universal Church and who, advised by faithful servants, rule for the common good according to Christian principles.

That, or return to the non-professional politcal class attracked to public service and not to money and a well paid career, supported by a meritorious civil service.

Or, we could always become more politically active ourselves and hold our politicians and parties to account.

18 October 2011 14:39  
Blogger Oswin said...

It is often said that the greatest sin of all, is the sin of despair. I reckon then, where 'education' is concerned, I must have have graduated 'cum laude' in sin; for I do despair!

18 October 2011 16:06  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dodo: "I know, let's bring back Kings, crowned by the universal Church and who, advised by faithful servants, rule for the common good according to Christian principles."

Let's not.

For a timely reminder of the issues around the Catholic Church and authority in the real world, there's a documentary on BBC2 at 9pm tonight called This World: Spain's Stolen Babies about what's looking like its latest social services atrocity.

18 October 2011 17:46  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

Why had Ed Miliband brought back this absurd figure from the early Blair years? And as for accepting the "free" schools first proposed, like everything else to do with this Government, by David Miliband when he was running Blair's Policy Unit, that is only because they are yet another failed Blairite policy, with so few such supposedly flagship schools that they are not worth bothering to get worked up about.

18 October 2011 18:15  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. A guest contribution on behalf of the Inspector General

Off you go son...

"Der ar kidz wot wend fru educashun an day cant fukin reed aw fukin wite cos dey wend to a compra ensive an day shud hav gon to a scool for fikoes"

"An we cant get fukin work naw nor nuffin"

"Sosietee sosieti sosety sositiy ......Yu lot led us dahn !"

18 October 2011 18:24  
Blogger len said...

you need to up the dosage of whatever you are taking OoIG.

18 October 2011 19:08  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Oig - I went to a Comprehensive school. My children go to state schools. None of them write like that. In fact the school my eldest son goes to outperforms many independent schools. You dickhead.

18 October 2011 19:55  
Blogger Oswin said...

whitebugspace: you just don't see the irony of your words do you?

18 October 2011 20:08  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Whitespacebug, do calm down old fellow. The Inspector was merely pointing out, in his own way, that education as it is fails many because of PC restraints. The Inspector would rather education was removed from it’s present position as a political football and placed under the care of say, a permanent Royal Commission. By the way, his friends call him ‘Inspector’ – oig is rather cold don’t you agree ??

18 October 2011 20:08  
Blogger Atlas shrugged said...

Education like all other corporate entities rots from the top-down.

Our problems stem NOT from the amount of finance available, for that is more then adequate for the job in hand.

Neither do they stem from who owns the school buildings, or who directs where precisely the school budget is to be allocated.

Education has long since been under the control of the educational establishment, which is in turn controlled by the establishment itself.

If our establishment wanted our education system to educate to the best of its ability, it would be doing so by now, of that you can be most safely assured.

The reason why our education system does not work, or work anywhere near as well as it should, or could, is because the people who ultimately control the education system do not want it to do so.

We often forget that mankind as a whole is not a stupid creation, Got created man with the potential for god like intelligence. Indeed mankind can work wonders when it wishes to do so.

For example get a man on the moon, organize D-Day landings, invent stealth bombers, nuclear missiles, mobile telephones that do virtually everything but make a cup of tea, personal computers that blow your mind, sub-atomic particle accelerators, build Golden Gate Bridges, underground train networks, great cathedrals, and so on and so forth.

Is it therefore beyond the wits of mankind to invent an education system that actually educates our children, without bankrupting our great grand children into massively indebted slavery; never mind preserve an education system that did a better job at educating our young more then 70 years ago?

Of course it is not, surely this is simple common sense.

The thing to understand is that the people who are REALLY running the show don't want an educated population of well informed individuals capable of critical thinking, or any other kind of individualist thinking for that matter. They want the kind of population that they most deliberately created after much time and effort creating things to be just as they are.

For example The X-Factor generation, who believe that the very definition of critical intelligence is buying a copy of the Mirror, and using it for a little more then cheap toilet paper; or managing to sit through an episode of The BBC 9'O'clock news without falling asleep, more then once a month.


The truth is that our OWNORS desperately want us to be every bit as stupid as we generally are, for a stupid population is infinitely easier to rule over, and so forever more take the piss out of, then a smart one.

If the powers that be can also carefully arrange, that the people are as divided as they are also most self-evidently stupid, then all the better, as far as the proverbial THEY are concerned.

In other words:

Society in general, and educational part of it in particular, do not 'work' at all well, because they are both expressly designed not to do so, and as expensively as our owners also carefully calculate they can get away with.

Get it?

No? of course you can't, that's the point

18 October 2011 20:14  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Oswin. The irony was completely intentional. It's called humour. Or perhaps you think that having been to a state school I'm too thick to use irony intentionally, you knobhead?

Incidentally I placed a bet that the first reply to my posting would be along those lines. Thanks, you won me a fiver.

Inspector, you will always be oig to me. Except for just then ;-)

18 October 2011 20:16  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Atlas Wept. Do assure us you didn’t type out your latest ‘work’ with a pencil clinched in your teeth, wearing a rather tight fitting white jacket...

Whitespacebug, good attempt at a back track. You might even convince some..

18 October 2011 20:32  
Blogger Dick the Prick said...

Your Grace

Young Guido's got chubby Tommy Watson bang to rights this evening too.

Ho hum - principle sure comes cheap if you pop a red rosette on its hide.

DtP

18 October 2011 21:15  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Inspector

I see poor old len is still attempting to demonstrate wit. Shame really.

DanJ0 the story about Franco and the aftermath of his dictatorship broke months ago in the Irish Times.

Incidentally, just in case it has escaped your inestimable historic knowledge, Franco was not a King and neither was he crowned by the Church. He may have claimed to be representing Roman Catholicism and saving Spain and Europe from Communism (some say he did), but the Catholic Church remained neutral about this.

Do think more carefully and read the full post before you leap in with an ill-considered reply.

whitebug

You really expect us to buy that?

18 October 2011 23:36  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Atlas shrugged said, "Is it therefore beyond the wits of mankind to invent an education system that actually educates our children, without bankrupting our great grand children into massively indebted slavery..."

I've pondered the same question from time to time as well, Atlas. We truckers aither bop to Country and Western, or we fancy ourselves philosophers; I prefer not to play music ...even the kind I like... while driving with 20 or more tons strapped to my ass, but I can't stop the thinking bit. So, my (current) take on this mystery is, first, that education is a bloated, syncretistic, multi-layered beast whose past goes back to prehistory, and one which suffers from accummulated luggage and culture lag, as each generation attempts to solve today's new problems with yesterday's old ideas. Not that all old ideas are useless, but many of them are, and we're just not very good at assessing.

Secondly, education is now, probably more than ever in history, a massive, powerful multi-gazillion buckaroo industry which is in bed with governments and society's elites. While there is plotting and scheming at the top, there is a mass of folks at the bottom whose inertia is even more powerful than that of the planners or schemers.

So, not only are we stuck with trying to work with outdated old ideas and daffy new ones, but we are subjected to vested interests and backroom cabals we don't even know about. Much easier to send Man to the Moon. Or, it was once easier, for as you can see, the bureaucratization of space development, which has in a short span of time attained the kind of torpor education has over the millenia, has resulted in the death of meaningful space exploration.

19 October 2011 00:22  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

O, Atlas, forgot. Here's my attempt at prophesying: I predict that universities, which have become expensive, admin and union-heavy cradles for infantilized ninnies sucking at the latest political correctness fads will be overtaken by private academies and independent research institutes. The trend is already evident, with university graduates going back to trade colleges to learn something that's actually useful and that can get you a paying job.

19 October 2011 00:43  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dodo: "Incidentally, just in case it has escaped your inestimable historic knowledge, Franco was not a King and neither was he crowned by the Church."

It was a post about the People and Catholic Church authority, you moron. Do turn your Catholic auto-reply feature off for goodness'sake.

19 October 2011 03:41  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Dodo if you mean do I expect you to see past your prejudices then no, obviously not. You Berk.

19 October 2011 06:16  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

DanJ0 said

"It was a post about the People and Catholic Church authority, you moron. Do turn your Catholic auto-reply feature off for goodness'sake."

Then what have the People and the Catholic Church got to do with Franco's laws on adoption and the secret network of individuals who continued the practices after him?

Seems to me it's you that has an auto-response:

Catholics commit crime = Roman Catholic Hierarchy is guilty.

whitebug

No I meant your pathetic attempt to cover your earlier post. Irony indeed. I've heard some excuses in my time!

19 October 2011 12:33  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dodo: "Then what have the People and the Catholic Church got to do with Franco's laws on adoption and the secret network of individuals who continued the practices after him?"

Well, firstly there's the support of Franco by the two popes of the time if I recall my history correctly. There's also the relationship between the Falange and the Church. But mostly my point was about the grip the Church had and has on people in these communities where people don't seem able to question or challenge it despite dubious things happening. It was like that in this country too when the Church was particularly ascendant.

But going back to your comment about individuals and the hierarchy, I see that you're parroting the party line there judging by how often it comes up when this story has been discussed on the 'Net. Was it argued in some prominent Catholic journal or something? Of course, there's some validity in saying that one can't judge an organisation by some bad individuals within it. But when does something become seen as structural, such as the arrogant and immoral paternalism inherent in this story? How many bad individuals within a branch of the Church does it take before it becomes seen as institutional?

19 October 2011 13:23  
Blogger Oswin said...

whitebugspace @ 20:16:

Thank you again, for your unwitting confirmation of my inference; and of other traits besides.

19 October 2011 13:45  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Oh pray what traits are those, pea brain?

19 October 2011 14:02  
Blogger Oswin said...

Whitebugspace :

Best now to abandon your shovel perhaps?

19 October 2011 14:10  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

And why would that be, you nitwit?

19 October 2011 14:11  
Blogger Oswin said...

whitebugspace:

You are an embarrassment. Knowing more clearly, what I previously suspected, it would be neither gentlenmanly, nor sporting, to comment further. Feel free to have the last word.

19 October 2011 14:25  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

I'm not entirely convinced that snobbery is a gentlemanly trait, Oswin.

19 October 2011 14:55  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

DanJ0

Truthfully, I really don't believe these cases reflect oppression by the Catholic Church at an institutional level or that the the Vatican was knowing complicit.

They speak more about facist regimes and structures that run on fear and the brutal intolerance of opposition.

Franco's conception of society was military. He saw himself as the one designated to save Spain from the chaos and instability visited upon the country by the evils of parliamentary democracy and political parties.

Certainly the Catholic Church supported Franco's fight against what they saw as atheistic, anarchistic communists. Did they go further?

Franco was raised as a Catholic but saw no contradiction in this with wanton murder. He was wrong! There is much in the way of accusation that the Church approved of and even encouraged mass murder of the enemies of Catholicism but what real evidence?

Franco's 'National Movement' was not a political party, and had no overt ideological basis. Its membership included monarchists, Falangists, conservative Catholics, members of the armed forces, business groups, technocrats and civil servants. There was overlap among these groups but they had distinct, contradictory interests. Franco fused them together as he was particularly skillful in manipulating groups - including the Church.

Today Spain is democratic and secular. A good thing, you'll say. And it is good too that people have liberty and are able to exercise freedom of choice.

Franco damaged Catholicism in Spain and no doubt this latest scandal will be used by the Church's enemies to harm the it further.

On the down side, as I see it, as a Christian, is the fact that:

- Spain was one of the first countries in Europe to legalise same-sex marriage.

- The country is now home to the biggest legal brothel in Europe.

- The divorce rate has soared by over 200% in a decade.

- The Socialist government has ended religious education in state schools.

- Abortion on demand is now legal.

But back to the main topic. The quote below to me sums up the everyday experiences of people under Franco and their perception of him:

Manoli Pagador (a mother who believes she had her baby stolen):

“Doctors, nuns? I couldn’t accuse them of lying. This was Franco’s Spain. A dictatorship. Even now we Spaniards tend not to question authority.”

The Catholic Church does have 'enemies within' and its structures do allow them to abuse it.

The demons must be rejoicing - as well as you DanJ0!

19 October 2011 14:55  
Blogger prziloczek said...

Free Schools! What a lie that is!

The admissions are handled by the government, which means that parents still have absolutely no choice whether or not to send their children because the decision is taken for them by the County.

The Local Authorities have indeed have had their power taken away - and immediately taken over by the DfE.

Their own pay and conditions for staff means, quite often I understand a large pay hike for the Senior Management Team. So that could perhaps account for the number of schools joining the Academies Programme?

Freedoms around the curriculum delivery speaks for itself. What do they deliver and who prepares it? Also freedoms are different to freedom. They can be cancelled at a moment's notice by the giver of the freedoms.

Teachers will be allowed to work longer hours for the same pay. School holidays are too long at the moment of course, so they will be cut.

No profit making body may be a Provider.

Local Parents are not capable of organising a school anyway.

And you call this a Free Schools movement?

PS Ours was cancelled partly because we didn't include the local Travelling Community.

19 October 2011 16:41  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Dodo: "The demons must be rejoicing - as well as you DanJ0!"

No, not rejoicing at all. However, one shouldn't miss the opportunity to point out reasons and examples why religious organisations ought not to hold such privilege and protection in our societies by their being interleaved with the State.

19 October 2011 17:05  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

DanJ0

I do agree the temporal power of the Church can be awesome if the laity are not empowered to challenge injustice and criminal acts within it. Involving ordinary people more in its ministry has has been a theme of all Popes following Vatican II.

I also hold the view that church and state must be kept seperate. Again, this is a withspread and orthodox Catholic view. An austensibly 'Catholic' state machinery in combination with a passive laity who either misunderstand or who are misinformed about the correct role of the Church is as potentially repressive as Facism or Communism.

The history of Franco's Spain, pre and post 1939, is a complex affair and cannot be reduced to simplistic notions that the Catholic Church supported him throughout his period in power. That's my central point.

Without Franco in the mid-1930's, as evil as many of his actions undubtedly were, what would the course of European or world history have been? What would have happened to Spain post-1945 without him? Do understand I am not defending him or justifying his regime or its methods, but Spain itself has only just started to begin to reflect on its recent past. How can we judge?

19 October 2011 17:32  
Blogger Atlas shrugged said...

Dan Jo

Quite so.

HOWEVER

Be careful because there is less then no point replacing one set of lies, or disinformation, with yet another set of lies, or disinformation.

Replacing one bad religion with a worse one, or even worse then that replacing it with Atheism, is even MORE potentially lethal then staying as we are.

I have said it once, and I will undoubtedly say it many more times;

What matters is THE TRUTH.

For ONLY the TRUTH can set you FREE.

I will leave you with this thought

Absolutely NO one knows what the whole truth is, except maybe God himself, and he is clearly not telling, or at least not spelling it out in words of one syllable, in great big capital letters.

However of this you can be perfectly assured.

There exists much more knowledge of the truth, then the people whom own much of it, have any intention of letting on to the great mass of ordinary people, even in the smallest of small print.

After all, if YOU knew next weeks lottery numbers, would you tell the whole world what they were, free of charge?

20 October 2011 00:43  
Blogger Owl said...

"Most important of all, will they help to close the attainment gap between children from rich and poor backgrounds?"

this gap was closed a long time ago.

The solution was called "Grammar Schools".

They worked, so they had to be dismantled.

We can't have the plebs getting a decent education, now can we. We have to manipulate the buggers, not educate them!

Long live the gap!

George Berhard Shaw

20 October 2011 15:00  
Blogger Oswin said...

Owl: got it in one!

20 October 2011 16:11  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Good man that Owl

The Inspector is going to arrange to have you ennobled, so you can join the government. Arise Lord Owl, next minister for education.

20 October 2011 20:50  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Atlas
Since "god" doesn't exist, no-one can ever know all of the truth.
A conclusion of Quantum Mechanics, oddly enough, since to know everything, you must specify everything - which can't be done.

All one can do is say we know, within certain specified limits, that true answers will be in ... "specified range".

21 October 2011 15:47  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

G Tingey

Really ...

We know within the limits of human understanding, as enlightened by revelation, and based on your posts here, that there is a 99.9% chance you are a complete plonker.

21 October 2011 19:08  
Blogger len said...

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22 October 2011 07:25  
Blogger len said...

I see that in the true spirit of Catholicism Dodo and the General are littering up His Graces blog with infantile remarks and gratuitous insults.

This pair of clowns are are possibly the greatest gift ever to Protestants.

22 October 2011 07:31  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

len

You accuse us of using "gratuitous insults", describing this as the "the spirit of Catholicism", and then in the next sentence call us a "pair of clowns"!

What wonderful irony. Who writes your scripts?

22 October 2011 12:55  
Blogger len said...

You consider the spirit of Catholicism an insult!.Or was it Clowns?

You really do 'crease me up' Dodo!.

22 October 2011 13:12  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

len

Did you receive a formal education? Possibily not. Do read the posts again and do try to understand.

22 October 2011 16:32  
Blogger len said...

Dodo,
Trying to comprehend your posts is just about impossible Dodo old chap,but I am really trying...honest!.

22 October 2011 17:08  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Dodo s posts are usually comprehensible while often wrong headed. Yours on the other hand Len are normally pointless drivel.

22 October 2011 17:15  
Blogger len said...

Having a bad day are we whitefaced bug?.

22 October 2011 17:36  
Blogger whitespacebug said...

Not at all, thanks.

22 October 2011 17:42  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

len said Dodo,

"Trying to comprehend your posts is just about impossible Dodo old chap,but I am really trying...honest!"

I know and do understand. Having an IQ of <50 must make it difficult but do take your time. Best to leave more complex books alone too as they'll just confuse you.

22 October 2011 18:29  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Weatsop the Weasel. Now you’ve had an unbiased assessment of you from Whitespacebug. Do thank him, won’t you...

22 October 2011 21:41  

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