Minister of Education Anne Tolley is obviously feeling the heat of the reaction to her inexplicably daft decision to read a moralising children’s story book* to the PPTA Executive.
Minister defends reading kid’s book to PPTA
…The council says it was left somewhat bemused and feeling patronised that the minister chose to read to them from a children’s book relating a tale of Riley the Rat who was happy with the crumbs it was given.
Ms Tolley says she was just being lighthearted. “There was no underlying message, I was just trying to share with them a book that I had come across during a visit to a school. And I thought they might be interested, and I understand a number of them have followed it up as I understand and bought the book.”
Mmmmm, yeah. My wee gripe is that the last statement is just another wee lie from a Minister. “A number of them” have not followed it up and bought the book, unless by “a number of them” you mean exactly one. Mrs Tolley might be interested to learn that the reason it was bought was not because the assembled teachers had fallen head over heels for Riley, but in order to show people and branches exactly what it was that the Minister had chosen to read to them**. So there you go, another wee twist in this odd tale, and another wee lie from a Minister…
[* NB – not to say that I think it’s a bad book for kids. Probably wonderful, why not buy one for a kid today! Some good should come out of this bizarre event.]
[** Since Tolley’s statement a second copy has been bought for the same reason.]