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NUT gagged;Diary

WE always wondered why a government as obsessed as Labour is with getting its message across didn't just start its own newspaper. Now of course it has, in the magazine it wants delivered to every teacher's doormat.

The NUT has already fallen foul of it. The advert it submitted to Teachers was rudely blue-pencilled by no less a figure than Labour's general secretary, Margaret McDonald.

The crime? A reference to its campaign for "a properly-recognised profession free of payment by results". The NUT was told that this was "implicit criticism of Labour's policies ... not acceptable in our own magazine".

NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy is unimpressed but he promises not to censor David Blunkett the next time he gets free space in the union's house mag.

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