ref date:11 Sep 1998 (EDU)
Scotsman Newspaper Derides SNP
It's a sad fact of life that the media has to takes sides
with one or more political parties.
The Scotsman Newspaper, a quality broadsheet which was once the
champion of many if not all things that the majority of Scots held dear, has apparently aligned itself with the right wing New Labour, the party dedicated to PREVENT Scottish independence.
Its comments today saying that the SNPs views of Scotlands education system were
not all they should be (according to London) is just another example of the papers editorial line moving further to the right.
As a 'product' of the Scottish education system, O grades, Highers and Sixth year studies, followed by a stint at the University of Edinburgh I can
categorically state the Scottish system IS superior in many ways to the
bindingly restrictive A level scheme in England.
The 'higher still' exams that London intends to force on Scottish schools
is just another example of their damnable interference. What we need
is our funding restored and our schools left open, not more
wishy washy ideas from a London sponsored 'think tank'.
It would also be good if snooty nosed English universities accepted
the Sixth Year Studies certificates as being at the same level as
the 'A' level - of course many don't and our candidates for English university
entrance are discriminated against.
Will 'higher still' be lawfully enforced as being the equivalent as the
'A' level, or just foisted down to make a larger Labour mess of
Scotlands education system?
The Scotsman would do better concentrating on these issues than
quivering at the thought of a self governing independent Scotland.
Perhaps some people at the paper have their eyes set on seats in the 'House of Lords'
one day instead?