The INTERNATIONAL news is again dominated by death and destruction caused by “the so called Islamic State group” (I wish there was a consensus on what this group should be called although most suggestions wouldn’t be printable!) The bombings at Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Maelbeek Metro station have, so far, claimed 31 lives and injured hundreds. The death toll is likely to rise as many of those injured are still in a critical condition.
A British man has been named as one of the victims. He was killed in the Metro station blast having contacted his family after the airport bombings. I cannot imagine what his family must be going through.
I find it incomprehensible that anyone could think that these indiscriminate bombings, killing innocent citizens, will validate their cause. But it’s clear from the actions of ISIS, including the publicised beheading of their captives, that these are not people who live by the same beliefs of the majority of followers of Islam.
We can all twist quotes from the Bible or the Qur’an to suit our own purposes but I do not believe either books justify killing someone in the name of God.*
LOCAL news continues to be dominated by the fallout following the budget. The resignation of a prominent Tory minister (Iain Duncan Smith) over cuts to those claiming disability benefits have prompted a U turn by the Government but no apology from the Chancellor for the distress caused.
The article I’ve flagged talks about Jeremy Corbyn addressing the NUT conference. (National Union of Teachers.) He will be the first senior Labour minister to address the conference since 2002. This comes at a time when the teaching profession is in a bad way and the budget announced that all schools will have to move to academy status.
“The pressure of work forced more teachers to quit last year than ever - over 50,000 - and the government has now missed its trainee teacher recruitment targets for the last four years in a row," he will say.
"That has resulted in half a million children now in being taught in classes of over 31 in primary schools.
"One in four schools are increasing their use of supply teachers, one in six are using non-specialists to cover vacancies and more than one in ten are resorting to using unqualified staff to teach lessons."
A forced move to academy status will not improve this situation.
All links are courtesy of the BBC website. Opinions are my own.
* If I'm wrong on this please don't bother trying to draw me in to a theological debate, just agree to differ.
Have a great Easter weekend.