This lunatic behaviour is indeed infectious. I know schools, prior to inspection, to have purchased potted plants to grace the teacher's desk and brand new shag-pile to be laid in the inspectors' office.
These crass decisions to blatantly waste money were taken by seemingly level-headed headteachers. Is this the same syndrome that necessitates the removal of signs denoting a public convenience for a royal visit? This unthinking idiocy is a sign of the weakness displayed by the teaching profession in the face of overbearing authority. Think before you order those begonias.
DAVID CHARLES CORNWELL 25 Railway Terrace Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire