Sore points win prizes

17th June 2005 at 01:00
As you can imagine, there's a bit of disappointment in the FErret household that we won't be among those invited to Buckingham Palace to pick up a gong after all the nice things this column has had to say about our beloved Government.

From now on, the gloves are off.

To be fair, David Collins, principal of South Cheshire co5r-1llege (see above), was surely a more worthy candidate. He should have got a knighthood for his one-man stand against the nonsense of filling colleges with delinquent schoolchildren.

Well done, David. You're a star. Either the Government suddenly believes in free speech or the decision to dish out the CBE had already been taken when he made his comments to FE Focus about his views on 14-16 education.

Come to think of it, David isn't the only person to win honours in spite of disagreements with ministers. Enter Sir Mike Tomlinson with his plans for qualifications reform - already gathering dust in the archives of the Department for Education and Skills.

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