I admit it took me some time to realise that the teacher who pointed out the dire state of education, Katharine Birbalsingh, was one and the same. That blogger bite stays with you, it seems. Now that she has been relieved of her education duties for the heinous crime of telling the truth, she is free to blog again and is doing so on the Telegraph site. She's also on Twitter but I don't have an account there. 140 characters? Me? That's not even enough to say hello.
So she is speaking out again and there are those who don't like it. Once more, the tactics of the Righteous are brought to bear.
In the Grauniad, Fiona Millar uses the tried and tested 'she is in the pay of the opposition' technique (cf. anti-climatologists are all in the pay of big oil, all who object to the smoking ban are in the pay of big tobacco, and so on). Then the 'the opposition is wrong' approach (cf. pubs are not closing, heart attack rates are going down, the freezing weather is evidence of global warming and so on).
This time, Mrs. Spindoctor's words are not simply accepted. Her target does not cower and hide. Miss Snuffy is no longer employed as a teacher and unless things change, won't be. She knows it. Poor Mrs. Darth Campbell doesn't. She thinks she can still browbeat those who have nothing to lose. Nobody has any hold over Miss Snuffy now. She can't be fired - it's already been done. State schools will be pressured into not giving her a job, she must know this, so she has no reason to cower before a State that has already brushed her aside. Private schools might take her on and they'd be getting a good teacher if they did. Even if she does remind this oldie of Crystal Tipps.
The hysteria with which these techniques are now being applied, in all Righteous programmes with no subtlety or any attempt to hide their identical nature, is wonderful to see. It's unravelling fast now and there is Righteous blood in the water. Even the EU's Remploy van is showing signs of panic. People are pointing at fat-control programmes and saying 'That's what they said about smokers'. They point at 'she is in the pay of the Tories' and say 'That's just like what they say about the AntiClimatoligists and the smokers and the booze supporters and...'
The cracks widen by the day. The fall of the Inquisition was fast. The fall of the Witchfinder was fast. Even Hitler's Nazi Righteous fell in a few years and if they hadn't had those really cool tanks, they'd have fallen faster. When they go, it's an implosion and it takes only a few years.
Don't get complacent. These things are dangerous when wounded. They will attempt to take as many with them as they can.
And they are never completely eradicated. They'll be back.
(PS. Ms. Burbalsingh's book is out next April. That's a bugger. She'll outsell me by miles).