Johnson’s new front in the culture war: blame teaching unions for closed schools | Zoe Williams

It’s hard to paint teachers dedicated to children’s welfare as an enemy elite but this government is giving it a go

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  • The government announced on Monday that, by the end of this week, it would have a plan for every child in England to return to education, in every setting and without restriction, in September. The minister, Gavin Williamson, would not be drawn on more detail, saying that he still had consultation to do. It’s late in the day to be consulting on something that will definitely be ready by Friday – which, combined with Williamson’s personal reputation as a nitwit, plus the involvement of a prime minister who spreads implausibility wherever he goes, leaves parents pretty much where we started: wanting to believe, knowing we’d be fools to.

    In this fantasy, you have common sense and the government on one side, and the unions and other elites on the other

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    Johnson’s new front in the culture war: blame teaching unions for closed schools | Zoe Williams