Comment posted Lochgilphead primary pupil’s internet exposure of poor school meals goes viral by Integrity? Not in the CondemAll.
I am clearly being a muppet as I can only find the chat between Kaye Adams and Nick Nairn which kicks off off 3.54 mins in
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- I believe what FA said was that they very rarely remove posts, not ‘never remove’ and the experience of most on here would support that statement.
No idea what the removed post said but if it was removed I would wager there was good reason.
- OK found it and listened to it. Fair to say that there is little room for interpretation. Malcolm McFadyen is pretty clear that he blames the child for making that choice and that he is happy with the quality of the meals provided by the Council, that they meet standards and that they encourage discussions about meal choices in classrooms.
Early on when he first puts the blame on Martha for making that choice Kaye Adams bluntly states ‘She is 9 years old’
Pretty pathetic really. I guess if the school library was equally stacked with good quality books designed to help kids develop reading and English but also Japanese manga comics and all the kids ever read was the manga comics then the Council would wash its hands of any responsibility for that as well.
- I am actually delighted that Malcolm McFadyen made remarks along those lines (I didn’t hear the broadcast so am wary of putting too many words in his mouth – would be very interested in hearing exactly what he said to avoid any accusations of paraphrasing o taking things out of context).
The reason I am delighted is because if he has pretty much said ‘It’s the child’s fault for choosing that option’ then it blows this issue up into something that is far more significant than what could have been an issue isolated to one school. This delights me because it highlights a fundamental lack of understanding and intelligence at Head of Service level which really pinpoints the root cause of the problem (rather than there being a risk that people far lower down the food chain get scapegoated).
It also highlights that the problem lies at a level where there is potential impact across Argyll rather than at unit level and this makes it far more important that it is tackled firmly, transparently and quickly.
Finally it again shows that within the top branches of A&B there is a culture of ‘everyone’s fault but ours’
- Does anyone else remember being told that having hot food prepared within the school was an educational benefit?
In all seriousness though this is a very important issue however we should be wary of making any assumptions about the quality (and quantity) of school dinners across A&B based on this one story (not saying anyone is). Fingers crossed this is an issue that is not widespread and largely isolated to LJC and maybe a small number of other schools.
This will make finding a solution far easier as lessons can be learned from other schools who are delivering a much better school meal ‘experience’ and they can be applied to those who are seemingly failing.
Talk of kids being encouraged to rush their dinner is not great surprise when you see the size of the canteen and then the size of the school roll. It is symptomatic of ill thought strategy and poor planning. Just like in the proposal to merge Garelochhead, Rosneath an Kilcreggan primary schools where the Garelochhead canteen was painfully too small and there was talk of having as many as three staggered lunch hours plus an additional room being used for packed lunch kids.
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the CondemAll
- SNP Chairs and Members of Westminster Committees
I don’t have a problem with someone of Mhairi Black’s age being elected. I don’t think it can do politics any harm whatsoever to have some elected members who can better represent the aspirations of a more youthful section of society. I would have concerns if there was an excessive number of younger of politicians say in their twenties but it is highly unlikely that will ever be the case.
Would she have been elected if the SNP were not on such an upswing nationally? Probably not but you could say that about a lot of the other SNP MPs elected (and also of a lot of Labour ones in the past when Labour were the dominant party in Scotland).
She was heavily criticised during the campaign for some of the remarks he made about drinking (was it alcopops?) but that never really bothered me. She was still a student and if there two things that tend to happen at university it is drinking and hangovers! I also think too much was made of her remarks about Celtic – it wasn’t sectarianism if I recall correctly – it was just a few choice words on twitter – what percentage of people in the world use that sort of language from time to time, especially in their youth!
The head-butt remark was stupid and I doubt she will make that mistake again. It was borne out of frustration and naivety and she didn’t help herself by going on about No voters being selfish and gullible. However there are plenty of more experienced politicians who have mad similar remarks about No voters – not to mention posters on here who seem to think being a No voter makes you less Scottish, a very childish position to take.
However I wouldn’t want to put young people off an interest in becoming a politician by their mistakes when they are in their late teens or early twenties being used as a club to beat them with.
I do think her position on the Work & Pensions Select Committee is odd and maybe ill advised. I think, there are other committees where an inexperienced politician and person (and I mean that purely in terms of her age, not as a statement on her potential ability) might be better placed initially.
- Motion sends Scottish Parliament’s condolences on death of Sir Nicholas Winton, the British Schindler
It is quite amazing that he never made his actions public – they were only discovered by chance by his wife about 25 years ago. A remarkable man. Very fitting and just that he got to live a very long and full life.
- SNP Chairs and Members of Westminster Committees
There is a chuckle to be allowed at the fact that Jim Murphy was regularly criticised by SNP supporters for being a career politician who had no experience of working and now we have an SNP MP with no experience of working sitting on the ‘Work & Pensions Committee!
No criticism of Mhairi Black intended and I hope she does a great job. Just highlighting yet another case of total hypocrisy amongst ardent political party supporters.
- SNP alerts infantry to prepare to hunt out Carmichael
I tend to agree with JB on this. Alastair Carmichael did wrong, of that there is no doubt. I personally think he should stand down (but there are a few other politicians in all parties who should have done the same in the past and haven’t). However I just don’t see how pushing for this court case is merited given the other much more important priorities in Scotland right now.
The crowd fund is sitting at round about £60k just now (which was the target) – if this goes to full trial then that isn’t going to touch the sides of the total bill – it would surprise me greatly if the total bill (for both sides added together) ended up being south of £300k. Where that money is going to come from I am don’t know. The Lib Dems are refusing to comment on whether they are picking up Alastair Carmichael’s bill, who is going to be picking up the ‘people’s final bill if it does go to a full and length trial?
Yes we want fair and honest politics and yes we are not getting it. We didn’t get it from Carmichael but we also don’t get it from Tories, Labour or the SNP (and you can add other parties to the list at will). There are liars and cheats in every party, some on ‘lesser’ issues, some on greater issues. Those pushing for this wearing their SNP badges, including the main petition leaders, are blinded by party loyalty and the stench of hypocrisy is quite foul. All parties need to clean their act up but the ‘outrage’ at this particular incident whilst whistling innocently with a ‘nothing to see here’ attitude to their own ‘houses’ is a bit pathetic.
- Council cuts teacher numbers – without consultation – at Sandbank Gaelic Medium Unit
Whether it is in ‘crisis’ is debatable and is possibly overly dramatic language however Angela Constance herself has admitted that standards in literacy and numeracy are falling and Nicola Sturgeon whilst denying the Scottish education system is failing has admitted it isn’t doing well enough.
I think we can all acknowledge that politicians (of all parties) exaggerate their successes and downplay their failings so you can consider what Constance and Sturgeon are ‘admitting’ within that context.
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