From the archive - Conservative Teachers' Circle: communism in schools

1st October 2010 at 01:00
March 5, 1927 - The Tory party grew concerned at the malign influence of Bolshevism on the nation's youth

The first annual meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Conservative Teachers' Circle was held at the Constitutional Club, Manchester, last Saturday.

Mr JCC Davidson MP, chairman of the party organisation, said that though the circle which the Conservative teachers had founded had been forced on the Party, he did not think that there was a single Conservative in the Country who would ever wish to think of education from that point of view. It was a national institution, but since the war there had grown us such a party which held at its roots revolution, and that was the party that was trying its utmost to seize the reins of government in industrial organisation, the co-operative movement and the national institutions.

The members of the society were to be congratulated that against their will, as it was against the will of everyone who wanted politics to be outside such matters as education, they were willing to go out and say definitely: "We shall save the youth of this country against revolution."

The Teachers' Labour League, he said, was a communist organisation, and drew its inspiration from Bolchevic Russia. They were out for one purpose only, and that was to destroy everything that was considered ordered government. By far the best method they could adopt to destroy it was to do what they'd done in their own country - ruin the youth. That was what we must prevent in this country.

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