er, let's not. Green councillor Rob White (Park ward, Reading, Reading East constituency) posts as reproduced below. I would have thought better of him. This is a tired Reading Labour argument from the 1990s and has not improved with time. Even Reading Labour, when it was still voicing the "Tory Wokingham keeping Reading children out of its schools" trope, did not believe it. The Labour Group supported the Madejski Academy in south Reading, which gave real opportunities to Reading children, to the extent that Mr Salter took the Madejski shilling and became a governor of the academy, may still be one for all I know. Reading should be looking to provide an education for its children that everyone can be proud of, not exporting its disadvantage to Wokingham, whose democratically elected council can do precisely what it likes with its school catchment areas. I hope the current Reading Borough Council will have none of this crap. Anyway, I have never fisked a Green before, so here goes:
Rumours are circulating so this piece is based on no facts at all, just something someone told you in the pub that Wokingham Council is having another go at excluding Reading children -- from the Alfred Sutton primary school area -- from Maiden Erlegh secondary school.
I am currently in the process of trying to get an up-to-date briefing from Reading Borough Council. You're a councillor, you can get whatever briefing you want, especially now that the unlamented Dictatorship Dave "moronic members of the public" Sutton is no longer in post to intercept mail, try a bit harder As soon as I have more information I will post again. Yeah right, and if this turns out to be rubbish will you tell us so?
For those of you out of the loop what loop would that be, the word in the east Reading pubs, where they talk of little else? (Not), as I understand it the rumour is that Wokingham is seeking to make September 2011 the last year for Alfred Sutton as a catchment school, also:
-- No Alfred Sutton school children except for siblings of current children from September 2012 this sounds a lot more like a briefing than a rumour, it also sounds as though you know about it but have not bothered actually to do anything about it, my advice to you is do not post until you know what you are talking about
-- There will be a consultation meeting on September 6 in Wokingham for people to put their views -- views on what? on a rumour in the east Reading pubs? if this meeting is happening it must have a topic and an agenda, it is only next week, Wokingham council will provide information to anyone who (unlike me) can be bothered to make the effort to find out more details once I have them.
Rest assured I will be fighting for Reading children. so you should, as a Reading councillor, going to fight for Reading council to provide decent education for its children rather than sending its inconveniently working-class children out of the borough so as not to offend the Guardian readers? People voted for you because they wanted change and a new voice, not more of the clapped-out Reading Labour boys' sub-Howarthian crap. Get real boyo.