When Woodhead writes...

17th March 2000 at 00:00
FULL MARKS to the Sunday Telegraph for stirring again the weird stew that is Labour's selection policy. But last week's edition contained a second gem, hidden further back - another Chris Woodhead book review.

Chris's reviews are fast becoming essential reading, if only for the insights into the man himself. This week he takes on Thor Heyerdahl's autobiography. Woodhead, an outdoors sort of chap, considers the captain of the Kon-Tiki a modern hero, but with his trademark sense of style lays into the book anyway.

For a start, he says, ittells us too little about Thor's relationships - in particular his annoyingly acrimony-free divorce. "How enviable, I thought. How civilised and how unconvincing," Chris writes - with a tinge of bitterness perhaps?

His other complaint, oddly enough, is that it tells us too much about Thor's battles with academics, a subject that might have been expected to strike a chord in the Woodhead heart.

So: too little scandal, too much teacher-bashing. Once again, teachers find themselves unexpectedly agreeing with the chief inspector.


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