We need to fight this sort of small-minded class-war attack and to celebrate that which is great in our country, emulate it for the benefit of more people and ensure that where something works we support it, and where it is failing we correct it. Labour have not learnt this lesson, they are unfit to govern and the British people will rightly reject them in May next year.
Despite superficially positive figures regarding unemployment coming out in the past few months, let's be clear, there is a massive employment crisis in the United Kingdom. We have unemployment at 6.8%, with a further 500,000 people in work being underemployed and a shocking 2% of the workforce on zero hours contracts with no certain earnings from week to week. This is not a stable situation for the nation, for working people or for the economy.
Education secretary Michael Gove recently declared that all 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, stating that this government 'will put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school has to deliver for children'. But this raises several questions, most importantly: what actually are "British" values?
Every industry needs inspecting to improve standards and ensure continuous improvement. However, Gove has taken his 'noble profession' and effectively taken it into a backroom to be beaten and robbed. The results are changes that have taken what was the noble profession and turned it into the impossible profession.
On Friday 6 September, David Cameron refuted a Russian official's summation that Britain was 'just a small island' by delivering a speech that reeked of a Gove-esque approach to popular history entwined with petulant patriotism. He seemed to cry out that "Britain's one of the bigger kids too, even if it wasn't allowed to go to war this time", calling upon the rhetoric of the past as if to prove Britain's place in the present world and reimagining it as it suited him.
Now that the memo is public people should start worrying about the plans it contains. As ever it appears that the demands of politics have crossed the demands of the people, at current funding levels academies, free schools and 'normal' state schools will require an increase in funding just two months before the next general elections
If there's one thing English teachers should read before they go back to work on Monday, it is the Ofsted document entitled 'Moving English Forward'.