Let them eat cake

17th February 2012 at 00:00

Republic needs to be thanked for bringing to attention sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 ("Diamond Jubilee jubilation could land schools in court", 3 February). The article did not mention the one case brought under this law. In 2007, a parent challenged the Labour administration's decision to distribute a copy of Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth to schools. The judge distinguished between the promotion of partisan political views, which is illegal, and the presentation of partisan political views, which is not. Presenting a lesson in citizenship in the context of a national celebration is not, I believe, what Parliament intended to be caught by the law.

John Fowler, Policy manager, Local Government Information Unit.

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