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In a bizarre series of comments during the latest Education Committee meeting which took place in Room 21, Parliament Buildings
on Wednesday 2 March 2011 Trevor Lunn MLA of the Alliance Party makes clear to listeners that he has no understanding of the role of public representatives, i.e. to represent the public interest. In what amounts to a thinly veiled slur on a member of the public Mr Lunn bemoans the work carried out by a concerned parent while asking for help from his political opponents in understanding what he should do.
Listen here for the recording of the proceedings. http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/education/2007mandate/audio/multimedia.htm
It seems that the Office of the Information Commissioner have written to the DENI regarding concerns over data security but Mr Lunn doesn’t seem to understand the significance of this action. Indeed he can be heard bemoaning the volume of correspondence that he is required to read and digest. Perhaps the Chairman should have suggested resignation as the most effective action Mr Lunn might undertake. He certainly does not grasp the significant concern of parents and the ICO over the responsibility to manage data collected on children.
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The Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, has proposed a change to the decision making process of the Stormont Executive.
When applied to the blocked decision of the Education Minister to end academic selection the consequences of Robinson’s folly become apparent. Three parties represented in the current Executive, Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the Ulster Unionist/Conservative are all opposed to academic selection at 11. If Policing and Justice were devolved it would mean the Alliance Party would join the Executive and add their anti-academic selection position to the mix. Mr Robinson’s DUP could loudly claim that the ending of academic selection at 11 was not their fault and that the decision was a positive example of the ending of “party political point-scoring over good government”.
“I am concerned that the failure of the Executive to take certain decisions is taking a toll on the Executive’s credibility with the public.”
Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.
Mr Robinson’s use of irony is matched only by the Education Minister’s claims to value equality. Both have now adopted the equality of result or outcome model. A Marxist system which typifies the DUP -Sinn Fein coalition. It is little wonder that parents and pupils have fallen victim to the political mismanagement of the mandatory coalition in order to preserve the greedy self-interests of a failed political system.
The Alliance Party claimed at their Annual Conference in June that the Catholic Bishops were following their lead.
“We are where we are, delegates looking over a cliff into uncertainty, no proper regulation, P5 and P6 children and their parents, confused and depressed, primary heads under pressure from the Department and unions to have nothing to do with independent tests while the grammar schools rough them up trying to force them to do the opposite.”
Trevor Lunn, Alliance Party Spokesperson on Education. March 21, 2009
Well that’s Alliance leadership for you.
Trevor Lunn futher extolled the virtues of Alliance leadership with the following:
Our core policies have not altered, they are clearing stated and updated recently and I acknowledge the work done by Martin Gregg and his group and our effervescent Europe candidate Ian Parsley in this area. We are clear what our objectives are but in the present circumstances we have sought to build consensus.
Obviously Mr Lunn had no insight into Parsley’s objectives in much the same way that most of the comprehensive-loving but academic selective practicing Alliance members haven’t a clue about the fundamental issues surrounding parental rights in education.