Ire at insensitivity

21st April 2000 at 01:00
IT IS never easy to comment usefully on a suicide, but chief inspector Chris Woodhead's remarks following the death of Patricia Relf were exceptionally insensitive.

First there was his gall in deploring her failure to cope with criticism, which has never been one of his strengths.

Then he moved on to defend the role of the Office for Standards in Education, which is only doing what Parliament asked it to do. It's strange, that when Woodhead isn't insulting the select committee he develops enormos respect for democratic election.

But then, he can afford to be choosy. If the recent Sunday Times profile is to be believed, he is above the law and we shall only be relieved of his presence when he feels it's time to move to the Lords. What a shame they're not elected, or we could accelerate the process.

Paul Francis

7 Swan Meadow

Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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