Punish May at the Local Elections
Recently I visited a friend who has two children about eight and nine years old and I was conscripted into helping them with their homework. It was an English comprehension for the younger one.
The story was of a dad who also had two children: a big sister and a little brother. Mum was innocently away and dad had some job to do and told the kids to tidy their rooms. They must have been posh because the children each had their own room. Dad said there would be ice-cream if the rooms were tidied up nicely.
After he had finished his work Dad goes to check if the rooms have been tidied. He first goes to his daughter. The room is still a mess. Dad is angry that his little girl has totally disobeyed him. But the daughter says not to look at her room and not to punish her because if he looks at her little brother's room, that is even worse. And sure enough it is. The daughter tells her dad to punish her brother instead and to give her the ice-cream because her brother's room is even less tidy .
There were a few very ordinary questions but the last was:
Who shoud the dad be most angry with?
This was the English homework for a child in a Church of England school in the state system. It is a point of morality that we expect children at infant school to understand and yet the Conservative Party leadership cannot understand why their opinion poll ratings are equal or just behind those of Jeremy Corbyn and why the electorate will likely punish them so severely at the local elections - despite their best efforts.