The Prime Minister of the UK on the crest of the stack of Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals decreed he wants tot scrap the two hours of Sport played in UK schools. He cites, and with a point, that much of this team is not taken up by sport and there is an increasing use of this time for ‘Bollywood Dancing’.
Let me separate the issues for the Conservatives that find complex concepts difficult. Two hours of sport is really not a lot and getting kids into the habit of doing sport is a good thing, the problem is that under the previous Conservative Government School Playing Fields were sold off. The number of playing fields was about 10,000 of them, true Labour sold Playing Fields but not reaching triple, let alone quadruple figures.
Owen Jones points out in an article for The Independent that:
Brown mocked David Cameron for dreaming up his inheritance tax cuts policy “on the playing fields of Eton”, it was unclear which field he meant. Perhaps he meant the Mesopotamia field, where Etonians can play cricket; or Agar’s Plough, for a spot of football; or the five grass pitches for hockey on the Master’s Field; or indeed the Dutchman’s field, where rugby balls are kicked about.
It is just another case where ‘the Prime Minister just doesn’t get it’. His background does not incorporate the reality of every day life, and neither do most of his Front Bench, they are just out of touch.
To suggest that access to sport is reduced during one of the most successful Olympics for the UK is political suicide, isn’t it?
Moving away from where kids can play sport, to the actual activity. There is, apparently, an increase in the popularity in school teaching ‘Bollywood Dancing’, as a sport I guess it is a little limited, but it as has all the hallmarks of what makes good sports people – dexterity, stamina, coordination, general fitness and working as a team.
Of course David Cameron’s ideas will not affect those going to Eton, Harrow, Stowe or any other of the private schools, it will just affect those going to State Schools.
David Cameron’s ideas are another part of creating a Downton Abbey culture where the wealthiest enjoy access to amenaties as a right, whilst those not so fortunate cannot access those facilities.