Others say there appears to be a rush to brand some schools as
failing in order to get academy status. Despite a great improvement
in exam results, Northcliffe school, near Doncaster, was unexpectedly
put on special measures this year. Some locals, who are fighting
the closure, believe this is to do with a bid from the Vardy Foundation
to turn the school into an academy. Northcliffe is in a rural area
where there are no other schools available.
In London, the Capital City Academy has been dogged by complaints
and has already run into financial difficulties with the headteacher
resigning after less than a year in charge. This state of the art,
school of the future has a strong resemblance to Stansted
airport, or what some visiting pupils said reminded them of Ikea,
MI6 and a workplace, not a school. But then turning
schools into workplaces is exactly what some businessmen obviously
Alec Reed, with a fortune in the region of £50 million and
owner of Reed Executive, already runs one school in London. He has
argued that the present school curriculum should be torn up
and thrown away and that his investment buys him permission
to interfere. Alec Reed wants free enterprise capitalism to
be taught in schools to children of all ages so that presumably
they can all grow up to be greedy wankers like him.
As Former Downing Street aide Fiona Millar said If you asked
most parents what they want it would be a good local school, near
to where they live, which has a balanced intake. Instead Neo
Labour are creating a free-for-all which will ultimately offer those
with the greatest choice more choice, and those with the greatest
need, er less choice.
In fact these new breed of schools are similar to the
new breed of Foundation hospitals which are poised to take over
failing hospitals. But as Allyson Pollock, head of health
policy at University College London says Dont be fooled
by the rhetoric: this is about privatisation. It might be
that soon the only choice will be whether to send your kids to a
school run by Creationist nutcases or construction conglomerates.
* For more about the Private Finance Iniitiative, and how it started
in the U.K check out George Monbiots book Captive State
Crap Arrest Of Ther Week
For wearing an anti-Bush T-Shirt
A couple who wore Love America, Hate Bush t-shirts to
the presidents 4th of July appearance were taken away in handcuffs
on trespassing charges. Nicole Rank was subsequently fired from
her job, and both her and her husband Jeff Rank have not been able
to return home as they can only contest the charges in the place
of arrest, and have been living in motels in the area ever since.
* Fuck Bush shirts are for sale to raise money for the Coke Killer
Watchers who recently went over to Columbia to confront paramilitaries.
They can be ordered for £15 from: email@example.com
This week building firm Montpelier pulled out of the contract to
build a new vivisection laboratory at Oxford University. The campaign
against the building hailed this as a victory, a spokesperson for
the SPEAK campaign said It is refreshing to see a company
take a decision based on ethical considerations rather than profit
This event has been widely reported in the media as a simple case
of Animal Rights vs. Science. Such simplistic lazy journalism
painting animal rights activists as anti-science ignores the fact
that there are plenty of scientists who believe that experimenting
on animals is not the best way to find cures for human diseases.
The lab in Oxford is a replacement for the abandoned centre that
was to be built in Cambridge (SchNEWS 439). There was a public enquiry
for this centre and the inspector concluded that Cambridge University
couldnt prove any benefit from vivisection. Once again all
references in the media to the Cambridge lab (which SPEAK had campaigned
against) referred to how it was going to save human lives by studying
There has been a lot of misinformation spread regarding the lab
in Oxford, for example the lab was originally promoted as an animal
holding centre where no experiments would happen, which turned out
to be a lie. This error was handily repeated for weeks by the local
press and Oxford City Council seemed to have a block on the lab
as well mysteriously the planning application detailing the
plans for the new centre disappeared off their website for three
months due to technical problems - the only planning application
that suffered problems.
And the police have been doing their best as ever to harass protesters,
arresting people for handing out leaflets, filming everyone and
getting the helicopter out to hover for hours over a peaceful demo
consisting of 15 people and we thought the police were short
of resources? The worst behaviour of the police was over their treatment
of a disabled woman, who after taunts from builders that she benefited
from vivisection, showed them the hump on her back and explained
that it was medical drugs that had caused her condition, the police
then arrested her for showing her deformed back in public!
Still this is not enough for the animal abusers who do not think
the police are going far enough with their harassment - The Association
for the British Pharmaceutical Industry wants a single piece
of legislation to address the issue of animal terrorism. But
the Government has been busy trying to stamp down on animal rights
activities and in March set up the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination
Unit to target animal rights activists and eco-warriors. Apparently
security chiefs have also identified Fathers for Justice as a threat
to be dealt with as well and supposedly the unit will also eventually
be used to co-ordinate investigations into other forms of extremist
behaviour such as racial attacks.
It seems to SchNEWS that the police think that targeting people
who protect animals and the environment or want access to their
kids are more of an immediate threat to the public than racist scum.
In an announcement about the new unit Lord Warner said To
use a football epithet in reverse, we went to play the man and forget
the ball. In other words they arent going to play fair.
Expect more foul play from the police, but dont go running
to the referee or youll get sent off.
* Theres a National Demonstration against the Oxford Lab
this Saturday (24), meet 12 noon at Carfax Tower, Junction of Cornmarket
St and High St, Oxford City. SPEAK Campaign: 0845 330 7985 www.speakcampaigns.org.uk
* Not everyone thinks animal testing saves lives and promotes human
health. Contact Seriously Ill Against Vivisection: 0845 458 1720,
BATTLE OF THE ALMO
Its nice to see democracy alive and kicking in Camden. The
council there recently tried to convince the borough that selling
off its council homes was a good idea .In fact they thought
it was such a good idea they spent half a million on glossy brochures,
adverts, show flats and a DVD. Their Arms Length Management Organisation
(ALMO) idea has been rejected in favour of common sense, but this
hasnt stopped the council pursuing a local resident through
the courts for placing posters on a bus shelter by means of
sticky brown tape. The poster, advertising an anti-ALMO meeting
last November, might cost the resident £1,460 in fines and
court costs if the council win the case. This case should be seen
as a direct attack on our means of communicating in our communities.
A protest camp has been set up against the Weymouth relief road;
a 6km long - £25m scheme that threatens to destroy one of
the areas only remaining ancient woodlands. Celebrating government
approval for the road, Dorset Council reckons that the development
of a green park in the Lodmoor Valley (an old landfill
site) will help offset any environmental damage caused by the scheme.
But, aware of the difficulty justifying the road-building project
on environmental grounds, Council bosses have chosen to promote
the economic value of the scheme. They say that without the road
many local businesses will leave Weymouth, putting workers on the
dole. But spending £750,000 justifying the scheme didnt
stop the councils own consultants admitting that the companies
they surveyed said that any plans to close or expand would not be
influenced by the building of the road.
One of the UKs rarest species, a Barbastelle bat, is known
to live in the woods. The animal is on the governments Biodiversity
Action Plan, which means there is already official concern about
its potential extinction. 25,000 vehicle trips are made in the area
each day, 24% more than the national average and the council has
spent naff all time looking into traffic calming alternatives.
The camp needs URGENT support NOW. Contact: 07800760257, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Liberate yer Lungs and Fuck the Fringe! Reclaim the Streets is
coming to Edinburgh on 31st July. Meet midday Bristo Sq. and Festival
* Another Reclaim the Streets party is also planned for Cardiff.
Meet at Virgin Megastore, Queen Street 2pm on Saturday 21st August.
Sometimes its really easy to miss the gems on your doorstep.
Above SchNEWS HQ is Whitehawk Hill which Despite all the onslaught
of building development and the damage done by neglect, Whitehawk
Hill still clings on to its special treasures: Adonis Blue butterflies,
spiders older than the dinosaurs; prairie and alpine flowers; a
unique beetle known nowhere else in Britain... David Bangs,
has just published a book Whitehawk Hill - where the turf
meets the surf and will be speaking about it next Thursday
(29) 6pm at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton. Copies of
the book will be on sale.
SchNEWS in brief
- Over 1 million people in Darfur, Sudan, have fled their
homes from the genocide being committed by the Sudanese government
along with militia group the Janjaweed. While the international
community drags its feet, thousands are killed, raped, kidnapped,
bombed, displaced, starved and burned. Protest next Wednesday
(28) 12 noon at the Sudanese Embassy, 3 Cleveland Row (Off Pall
Mall) 07960-113299 Darfurmarch@yahoo.com
- Demo next Thursday (29) outside Levis flagship store,
174 Regent St, central London 12.30pm. Hundreds of workers
making Levis jeans in Haiti have been sacked because
they supported a new union. 020 7525 0456 www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org
- This Sunday (25) radical Islamic cleric Al-Mahajiroun is
holding a rally in Trafalgar square. Preaching religious intolerance,
homophobia and Mysogyny, there are counter demonstrations planned
by non other than the National Front, who you would have thought
would have got on famously with Al-Mahajiroun, seeing as they
share so many of the same values. You can also join a counter-counter
demonstrations being organized against both groups by anti-fascist
group ANTIFA. Meet outside the National Gallery at 12.30pm. www.antifa.org.uk
- No Sweat have published an action comic based
around the true story of the Kuk Dong garment workers strike in
Mexico in 2001. The workers took on Nike, the local bosses, a
corrupt Mexican state and won! Check it at: www.nosweat.org.uk/files/No_Sweat_comic.pdf
- A Georgian anarchist info-shop needs books and funds.
- A book all about the joys and hazards of squatting in Britain
is looking for your personal stories. Any profits made from the
eventual publication will be donated to the Advisory Service
for Squatters. Send your recollections and pictures to email@example.com
They will be posting up sample stories and photos on the website
from August onwards.
- Get yerself an 8-page pocket size advice and information leaflet
on Police Stop and Search. Send an SAE with 50p per copy
to: Luton Committee for Racial Harmony at 33 Leagrave Road, Luton
LU4 8HT. firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
- Interested in getting involved in Neo Labour's
UK ID card tests? Then call 0161 601 8088
- And make a space in yer diary for the SchNEWS at Ten birthday
bash all night party and protest in London on Saturday 16th
October - details of events soon.
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Remember all those times youve been left cowering by the
site of a copper with excessive facial hair? No? Neither can we.
Nevertheless, police in Madhya Pradesh, India are growing large
moustaches in a bid to join an elite force of officers picked to
tackle criminals, hoping that their well-groomed bum fluff will
intimidate criminals. The India Express quoted a senior officer
as saying: Though guns and thick moustaches had been traditionally
associated with bandits dwarfing their victims psychologically,
this warfare would be employed against criminals here.
This sounds more like Village People than Special Branch, the idea
is due to be launched in other areas and officers will be offered
a special allowance for the upkeep of their moustaches.
SchNEWS warns all readers...been there, dunce that. Honest!
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