27 June 2019 – today’s press releases

Johnson pandering to Farage over immigration

Responding to Boris Johnson’s promises to investigate an ‘Australian-style’ policy for immigration, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

Immigration has been a great thing for our country. But politicians like Johnson have vilified those coming to help build and contribute to our great country for their own political gain in the Brexit debate.

Yet businesses across the country are already having to deal with acute shortages of staff thanks to the Brexit uncertainty, and this proposal from our potential next PM does nothing to solve that. If implemented, an Australian-style visa cap would only make it worse.

Johnson is only pandering to the likes of Farage, who has long pushed for this kind of unfair system. Nigel Farage ought to be the last person a potential Prime Minister should be looking to for inspiration on how to run a fair and effective immigration system.

Tory leadership contenders must reverse school cuts to reduce class sizes

Responding to today’s data release by the Department for Education, which reveals that secondary school class sizes have risen for the fourth year running, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

The schools funding emergency and a crisis in recruitment means that schools are struggling to bring in new staff to keep class sizes down. It leaves teachers overworked and underpaid, whilst pupils lose out on the extra support they deserve.

The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone. Their leadership candidates need to put their egos to one side and put our children’s futures first.

Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide an emergency cash injection to reverse school cuts, so that teachers can invest in giving every child in their class the best possible start in life.

Lib Dems: CBI warning demonstrates EBacc is not fit for purpose

Responding to the publication of a new report by the CBI, Getting young people ‘work ready’, which calls for the Government to rethink the qualifications system and to add a creative subject into the English Baccalaureate, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:

When the English Baccalaureate was introduced, Ministers said they wanted pupils to take subjects that employers and universities valued most. The fact that the CBI no longer defends the EBacc in its current form should act as a wake-up call that it is not fit for purpose.

Businesses want employees with the creativity, character and transferable skills to thrive in the modern workplace. Yet our high-stakes testing culture is encouraging schools to focus relentlessly on just a handful of subjects and on teaching to the test.

If our children are going to thrive as tomorrow’s workers and citizens, our education system needs overhauling. Liberal Democrats would scrap the EBacc and replace league tables with a broader set of criteria for parents to evaluate schools by, so that children get the rounded educational experience they need.

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  • nigel hunter 28th Jun '19 - 9:58am

    Johnson knows Farage has supporters.He will try to woo them back to the Tories for ,as you say, his own ends.

  • nigel hunter 28th Jun '19 - 11:20am

    The Tories and Farage will not put our children’s (most of them) futures 1st cos that will lead to a better educated population that would threaten their ideals of only the ‘elite’ being worthy. It suits them to have a less educated population to keep discent active to divide and conquer. Under their ideas the country will not grow and prosper for the many,only the few. That must not happen.

  • Johnson is playing to the xenophobic amongst us. He doesn’t give a fig about Farage but he does care about the people who flock to him. It is a problem what do you do about the xenaphobes and “my little villagers”, you can cuddle them and say “you have a point” or confront them with reality. The problem is if you cuddle them they still won’t vote for you they prefer a “proper xenaphobe” and a real “resident of “their little village”, if you confront them with reality they’ll have a hissy fit and call you names. They are alas a lost cause, our best solution is improve peoples lives, make them busy with work and hope. Educate the masses but alas accept some people are and always will be “my little villagers”, just don’t pander to them.

  • Dilettante Eye 28th Jun '19 - 3:34pm

    “It suits them to have a less educated population…”

    Strange then, that our present population was educated whilst within our EU membership, and 30 years of Blairists ‘liberal centrism’, and a fat lot of good it has been for, the Just About Managing, the left behind and folk working hour to hour on three or more poorly paid jobs?

    It’s centrisms ‘liberal elitists’, which kept the lower orders in their place for the last 30 years, but that has now come to a screeching halt.

    The good news is that liberal centrism got found out for the middle class political scam that it was, and susequently died circa 2015, and populists have re-learned how to use their vote to get what they want, not what liberal (we know best), centrists tell them they should have.

  • “Strange then, that our present population was educated whilst within our EU”
    Many of us were educated before the EU existed in its present form and some have memories of the illiberal regimes that existed in Europe in the first half of the last century.

  • Nonconformistradical 28th Jun '19 - 5:25pm

    “Many of us were educated before the EU existed in its present form..”


    And the problem over who gets what education in the UK has been in existence since long before the Common Market was even thought of.

    That problem being that the ‘haves’ get the best education (although I do have doubts about the quality of some Tory MPs’ public school/Oxford education) while the ‘have nots’ get left behind.

    R A Butler’s 1944 Education Act was a stab at trying to address the basic problems – if only it had been implemented properly!

  • ‘not what liberal (we know best), centrists tell them they should have.’
    It was old-school Labour councillors (trade union reps) telling constituents what was best for them that put me off Labour for life. There is nothing liberal about Welsh Labour.
    It wasn’t ‘liberal centrists’ who shut the pits, shut the steelworks, and failed to create alternative jobs. It ain’t ‘liberal centrists’ to blame for Ford deciding to close Bridgend.

    Votes for Brexit and Farage round here are largely despair that mainstream parties don’t have answers. But what answers are there? All the populists do is stoke up anger and point out problems.

    As for education: I went to a bog-standard comp, big catchment area. Some of us worked hard at lessons, survived being bullied for doing so, and made something of ourselves. Others disrupted lessons, wasted their time. If they are less-educated as a result, it wasn’t some mythical ‘liberal elite’ to blame.

  • Bless dilettante but the foot soldiers of the populasists are the old and uneducated not those that have received an education. We all know things must change but those of us with half a brain know that we must face our fears and move forward, you and your ilk cry “back to the past”, “back to our little village, for people like us”.

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