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Jonathan Bartley of Ekklesia tackled David Cameron on inclusion of disabled children in mainstream education
David Cameron Incident [Wiki]
On April 27th 2010, as Conservative Party leader David Cameron made his way to a car after a General Election campaign event in South London he was confronted by Bartley, accompanied by his disabled son, Sam. Mr Bartley claimed Conservative manifesto plans encourage placement of disabled children in special needs education, rather than mainstream, and that this amounted to unfair exclusion of children like his son. Cameron, crouching to be level with Bartley and wheelchair-bound Sam, tried to more fully explain the policy and that it was under Labour he was having problems finding his son appropriate schooling, but was continually interrupted by an angry Bartley.
The Daily Telegraph and many other media outlets suggested this meeting was a politically motivated stunt by Bartley, a Liberal Democrat supporter and left-wing campaigner, at a time when the Liberal Democrat and Conservative Parties were close in opinion polls.
Bartley later described himself as a “floating voter” and denied he had planned the incident, claiming Conservative Party officials invited him to speak with Cameron, though he was “very, very angry” about Conservative special needs education proposals.
I support mixed tenure housing to give much needed social experience and mobility to those renting from the social landlords. Similarly I support mixed and inclusive education for all where the mainstream eduction, in the opinion of the school governors, is unlikely to be adversely affected by such inclusion [although the need for special education depending upon the level of disability is unlikely to go away].
Britain’s most respected budgetary think tank has turned its slide rule over the spending and taxation proposals of each of the major parties. There are three vast black holes – one in each of the party’s proposals. All the parties have announced plans to return the economy to balance by 2015/2016. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that 87 per cent of the Labour government’s plans for cuts in public spending or tax rises have not been revealed. It says that 82 per cent of the Tory plans are unexplained and 74.1 per cent of the Lib Dems. This is the bit of this election campaign that none of the major parties want to talk about.
Paying it back after being found out, legitimises this person to negotiate the outcome of the next government?
If you believe that then you’d believe that Leeches suck only vegetable sap.
Think. Vote judiciously.
theindependent — 22 April 2010 — YouTube won’t decide this election. You will. The truth behind the UK general election, the leaders debates, the Labour Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats – The Independent. Truth matters.