It is almost a tradition that teachers (and ex teachers) do not see eye to eye with Parliamentary Education Secretaries in Britain.
The latest one is Michael Gove who has thrown fuel on the fire by recently suggesting that teachers should work longer hours and should put up with having parents in the classroom observing how well their children are being taught. He says that because teachers enjoy their work so much, they would not mind being at school for longer. Clearly the man is at best misguided and more probably barking mad!
Not wanting to confine his lunacy to thoughts about teaching and education, Mr Gove now says that the British public should donate a new royal yacht to the Queen as a mark of respect during the jubilee year. He reckons that large scale celebrations are just what the country needs during this period of austerity. However, accepting that finding public funds might prove difficult, he suggests that private donations should be sought to help foot the bill.
Apart from the cost, which was estimated at 60 million pounds in 1997, does Gove really believe that the Queen, who is pushing 86, would like a new yacht to play with? If the Queen wants a yacht, then I would suggest one made by the Star company in Birkenhead.
The previous royal yacht Britannia was decommissioned in December 1997 and is now a visitor attraction in Edinburgh.