A local MP, and a local school.

David Barry's picture

About 20 years ago, and a few days after I moved into the house where I still live, I noticed that the Islington Primary School a few minutes walk away was holding a summer fair. As I had a pre school age daughter, who in the nature of things would not continue pre school age for long, I thought I would take the chance to drop around. Have a look. Perhaps buy some buns, if buns for sale. It was basically a fete, with a number of stalls operated by parents, with the objective of raising a bit of money and having some fun. A popular attraction was a pillory occupied when I was there by our local MP. Local both in the sense of sitting for the constituency the school was in and actually just living around the corner. It was Jeremy Corbyn and the school was Ashmount Primary. So there he was, standing in a pillory, and for a small fee one could buy some wet sponges and throw them at him. Not, perhaps, a bad preparation for the job he now holds.

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FJM's picture
Mon, 16/11/2015 - 22:48

Considering his extraordinary choice of friends, ill-judged comments, naive & unrealistic policy pronouncements and equivocation over various atrocities, not to mention the choice of McDonnell and Milne as associates (men who have openly praised terrorist murderers), he has been busy piling up wet sponges himself, and there will be no shortage of people to throw them. If Labour is lucky, a mortal wound will be dealt in Oldham in a few weeks; if not, the agony will continue.
If you want links to find evidence of the above, a few minutes on Google will provide all the evidence that you need.

Roger Titcombe's picture
Sun, 22/11/2015 - 17:57

FJM - See the latest polling.


Jeremy Corbyn is much more popular with the voters than he is with his enemies in the press, the copycat TV, media and a minority in the Labour Party.

David Barry's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 11:07

The trouble is, FJM, as you have not provided sources, all you have produced is a series of assertions, not arguments.

Having said that the Oldham bye election will be interesting as it will, based on the previous, general election, be a contest between Labour and UKIP.

FJM's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:24

I was waiting for that, just in case you have been in a cave for the past few months and are totally unaware of what his friends are like,so here they come.
First McDonnell:

“It’s about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. The peace we have now is due to the action of the IRA.
Because of the bravery of the IRA and people like Bobby Sands we now have a peace process.”
At a meeting to commemorate IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, May 2003

Now Milne: http://www.sunnation.co.uk/new-labour-comms-chief-praised-armed-resistan...

I chose the Sun as a deliberate provocation, but these quotes are so widely known, I am surprised that you don't seem to be aware of them.

FJM's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:25

The trouble is, you seemd to have missed all the controversy over the past few weeks. If I said that the sun rises in the east, you'd demand a source.

David Barry's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:31

So still no arguments then. A pity because a reasoned criticism of Jeremy Corbyn's views on education would certainly be of interest, on this site.

FJM's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:48

No comment on the sources then? I hardly think that a mention of him having wet sponges chucked at him constituted much by way or argument or insightful remarks about his views on education. If you must know, however, I couldn't care less about his views on education, because his views on various other things rather crowd them out at the moment and indicate that he will get nowhere near occupying Downing Street. It's a shame that the opposition can contribute nothing until it gets rid of him, leaving the Conservatives to do as they please. Perhaps this has not yet sunk in in Islington, but it certainly has in the PLP.

David Barry's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 23:29

Discussions on this site are about education which is why if you wish to criticise a public figure, on this site the thing to go for is the education policy.

I am also slightly bemused by your apparent view that the views of the opposition are of no relevance unless they become the government, as every government implements policies developed in opposition. Which is what Michael Gove did. And clearly I cannot comment on sources if you decline to say what they are.

Roger Titcombe's picture
Sun, 22/11/2015 - 18:01

Labour under Corbyn is now within 2 percentage points of the Conservatives despite all the crap that has been thrown at him in the last week.


FJM's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:27

Your initial post is hardly profound political analysis either, is it?

David Barry's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:33

Not intended as such. As, I would have thought pretty obvious.

Ruth Appleton's picture
Tue, 17/11/2015 - 23:16

Well said David but if my instinct's correct it wont be for long. Tony Benn said when you introduce a new idea first they laugh at you, then when it starts to gain popularity they try to undermine you, then when they realise they're losing the argument they say "Well of course I always believed in you from the start!"

Guest's picture
Fri, 20/11/2015 - 13:42

Have to say that other than the event taking place at a school fete I do not see any reference or connection to education let alone education policy. When the thread first appeared I took it to be intended as a mildly amusing anecdote about a local MP who was willing to participate in local events.

David Barry's picture
Fri, 20/11/2015 - 16:18

Thanks Guest, that was exactly how I intended it.

Guest's picture
Sun, 22/11/2015 - 18:20

Remind me again, is this website and education forum or Labour Party and latterly Jeremy Corbyn supporters club?

Roger Titcombe's picture
Sun, 22/11/2015 - 18:43

Guest - There are 5 posts from FJM on this thread gratuitously slagging off JC. I just peppered his torrent of bile with a smidgen of factual information.

I would like to see/read a bit more of Lucy Powell, the Shadow Education Secretary. She has had long enough to master her brief by now and should be making an impact. Given the truly dire performances of her two predecessors it is bound to be an improvement.

Guest's picture
Mon, 23/11/2015 - 09:52

Then perhaps the lesson to learned is that threads should stick to the LSN script and not digress into non-educ issues :-)

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