A lesson for inept politicians from parents fighting to control their school

Stephen Daisley

It was an act of unforgivable cruelty.

On Thursday, education secretary John Swinney stood up at Holyrood and dashed the hopes of hundreds of parents and children when he announced the Scottish Government would not support the campaign to save St Joseph’s. You might not have heard of this primary school in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire but it is part of the fabric of that community and has been living under sentence of death for three years.

St Joseph’s is a good school with a fine reputation and so the local council decided to ‘amalgamate’ it with another primary in Bearsden. (How snivelling, how cowardly is that verb ‘amalgamate’. It’s a memo word — an officials’ euphemism because ‘close down a well-liked school and disrupt the education of its pupils’ is too unpalatable when committed to black and white.)

Parents were opposed. The Catholic Church was opposed. A consultation found 87%…

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