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Welsh school lessons on unions part of scheme for ‘Corbyn-style socialist utopia,’ say Tories

11 Nov 2022 2 minute read
Plans for children in Wales to be taught about unions have been criticised by Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Minister, Laura Anne Jones.

Welsh Government plans for children in Wales to be taught about trade unionism are part of a wider scheme to promote a “Corbyn-style socialist utopia,” Welsh Tories have said.

The ‘Unions and the World of Work’ pilot programme – due to be implemented in 35 secondary schools across Wales – was previously criticised by Conservative leader Andrew R T Davies, who said it will see trade unions “infiltrate” the school curriculum, changing classrooms “into a partisan battlefield”.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Minister, Laura Anne Jones MS has now also criticised the pilot, saying it places the right to a fair and free education system “in jeopardy”.

Trade Unions are being given unprecedented influence over the curriculum. The ‘Unions and the World of Work’ pilot will compromise the Welsh education system’s impartiality by inviting trade union representatives into our schools to give talks and spread their ideology.

“This is not just old-fashioned union-bashing. This criticism is borne of us not wanting to see Labour politicising the classroom with their union paymasters ‘educating’ our children. Labour are also pushing ahead with schools being used as polling stations, having already given 16-year-olds the right to vote. 

“Now their plan is revealed, how to guarantee your grip on power in Wales: expand the franchise and giving Labour supporting groups special access to a huge cohort of voters.”

She said Welsh Conservatives were not opposed to teaching pupils their employment rights, but felt that the topic should be “well-rounded,” also teaching “aspiration and the value of hard work”.

‘Socialist utopia’

“My concern is that trade unions will not only provide little in the way of educational benefit to students, but that they will be a detriment to them. They will encourage a culture of industrial strife from an early age.

“Parents expect classrooms to be places of learning and teachers to provide impartial information and advice. Any notion that visiting trade union ideologues will act in this way is nonsense.

“As of now, this is just another of Labour’s taxpayer-money-wasting pilot schemes, like their pilot of a  universal basic income. Be in no doubt, however, that this is part of a larger scheme to reshape Wales into Mark Drakeford’s Corbyn-style socialist utopia.”


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
28 days ago

To paraphrase a great advert from childhood:

“Welsh Conservatives?….Who are they?”

Donna OBrien
Donna OBrien
28 days ago

Tories are infatuated with Corbyn aren’t they….😂

Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson
28 days ago

Gosh, don’t stop there, Laura Anne Jones MS! So much of our history to be blue-washed out of existence. Start with the Tonypandy Riots, perhaps. Or Labour hegemony in Cymru. Or Aneurin Bevan and the NHS. And check under your bed just in case some wild socialist ideas – like liberty, equality and fraternity, or equal pay for women – are lurking there. Much to do!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
28 days ago

Looks as if the Welsh Conservatives prefer an ignorant subservient nation with no human or workers rights.

Erisian
Erisian
27 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Their favourite wet dream

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
28 days ago

Labour are a big part of Modern Welsh history the Struggle against the People the Tories support if it was not for the TRADE UNION MOVEMENT IN WALES we would be in a right mess

John
John
28 days ago

Mae rhain yn mynd yn dwpach wrth y dydd!

The original mark
The original mark
28 days ago

Utter clown, do they ever think before they open their mouths?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
28 days ago

NO!😄

Gareth
Gareth
28 days ago

She used the terms ” fair and free” , in the same week a Sky news reporter was arrested, held for 5 hours in a police cell, and had DNA , fingerprints and a “mug shot” taken, for reporting on a protest in England, while displaying her press card and accreditation. They only want it their way, or no way, when it comes to fair and free. The nerve and utter contempt they have for the population is staggering. How dare this woman open her mouth on the subject of fair and free.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
28 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

Yes. In Toryworld, that’s fair and free.

The original mark
The original mark
28 days ago

I wonder if the tories would like to discuss the army being allowed into schools to start recruiting child soldiers or BAE and other arms manufacturers operating in our education system, they really are disgusting people.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
28 days ago

They would support that entirely.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
28 days ago

Let’s airbrush the Chartists, Rebecca, Dic Penderyn and everything up to and including the Miner’s Strike and teach the kids to wear their serf collars humbly and quietly.

These Tory farmers really do want the feudal system back.

Kathleen Walker
Kathleen Walker
28 days ago

The Nazis have spoken, anyone comparing
Welsh speakers to Corbin are vicious fascists . May you rest in Hell!

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
28 days ago

Shrieking “reds under the bed” hysteria from the morally bankrupt hate machine that is the Tory Kleptocracy

Julie Jones
Julie Jones
28 days ago

The implication in Laura Anne Jones’ declaration is that being a trade unionist contrasts with “the value of hard work”. As usual the Tories mix arrogance with ignorance and display their lack of knowledge about our history and our society,

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
28 days ago

We are rebuilding a country with social justice at its’ heart, the social justice shattered by Thatcher which remains and creeps ever onwards over 40 years. This is clearly rattling the Tories as it represents total loss of control. Tories hate anyone who stands up for themselves and they find lots of words to skirt around what they really mean which is ‘Don’t you dare get any fancy ideas that you are going to wriggle out from under our jack boot of oppression’. Why don’t they say what they mean?

Daniel Thomas
28 days ago

She has a point. In the interests of balance children should also be taught about the rich oligarchs and greedy, corrupt bankers.

hdavies15
hdavies15
27 days ago
Reply to  Daniel Thomas

Good point but it might scar young pupils’ minds if they were exposed at too early an age to the darkest aspects of modern life! Let them enjoy their innocence for a few years.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
27 days ago

Great idea, also educated them about how capitalism works against then and the advanrages of working together.

John Richardson
John Richardson
27 days ago

“ Conservatives were not opposed to teaching pupils their employment rights”. Could be the shortest lesson of the year.

Erisian
Erisian
27 days ago

Critical Employment Theory 😀 😀

adopted cardi
adopted cardi
27 days ago

someone should tell the dear lady that Wales is a Socialist place. Money is not the God and People come before it. And anyone who rubbishes Corbyn is a devil in my book.

Eileen Hastings
Eileen Hastings
23 days ago

More than time to place trade unionism in historical context as a significant – possibly the most significant – influence of working lives in Britain, particularly in earlier centuries Religion, aristocracy, inventors and entrepreneurs have constantly dominated the social history of the Nation. However, the emergence and development of one of the most transformative movements of the industrial world has been airbrushed from history. At its best, it has devised, supported and influenced reforms which have changed working lives for the better, given voices to the powerless and defended the vulnerable. The NHS, the Welfare State, free higher education –… Read more »

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