I was slightly surprised but also rather impressed by the very grown up and wise words by Iain Dale on the subject of today's strikes. Well done Iain.
Sadly I cannot say the same for David Laws, the Lib Dems education spokesman, who has made some rather less educated comments about the teaching strike.
"I understand the NUT’s view that the pay award is low in relation to inflation, but it is the outcome of an independent pay review process and it has been accepted by the other teaching unions. "
Yes David. It has been accepted by the NAS/UWT, but this is because that union is so close to Labour that it will never oppose anything the Labour Party does. The NAS/UWT recently complained that its hardship fund had been called upon at an unprecendented level, but despite this they backed their Labour friends.
Mr Laws similarly goes on to assert that he believes teachers should be banned from striking.
One asks in response to Mr Laws, as a Lib Dem, whether we should have a rule that Lib Dem spokesmen should actually sound like Lib Dems and not old style Tories.