The Big Issue

Get the scruffs
by their neck
and teach them
a damn good hiding place:

they don't know
their three Rs
from their elbow
patches.

Are we collar-blind?
Tie them up.
And, post-Dearing,
no earring.

How else may we dilate
their pupils?
The social fabric
is tweed.

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From the book Tony Blair reminds me of a budgie

According to The Sunday Times, Conservative MPs were preparing an amendment to the Education Bill requiring a "collar-and-tie" dress code for teachers. David Blunkett was said to be considering it. Male teachers with earrings were said to be a particular target.