VIDEO: Nick Clegg: 'Strike not justified when parents and pupils are disrupted'

Nick Clegg: Strike action not justified when parents and pupils are disrupted

Nick Clegg: Strike action not justified when parents and pupils are disrupted

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DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he did not believe today's public sector strike was justified during a visit to Dorset.

The Liberal Democrat leader said that while he supported workers’ rights to go on strike, he did not feel the disruption to school pupils and parents was justified.

He was speaking to the Echo during a visit to the Cobham factory in Wimborne, where he was promoting apprenticeships.

He said: “We’re still pouring money down the drain to pay off the legacy of these old debts, we have to deal with that. One way you do this is by restraining the increase in public sector pay.

“I wish it were otherwise but we don’t have pots of gold. Given this reality, was it right to disrupt the school day for lots of parents and pupils? I just don’t think so.”

During his visit to Cobham, he toured the site before speaking to young workers who had successfully completed apprenticeships.

He said: “I think what I love about apprenticeships is it’s such an old fashioned idea, it’s about tapping into our history of learning by doing.

“We’ve taken this old idea and we’re now putting it into these 21st century sites like Cobham. It’s a wonderful merge of old and new.

“We are now providing more apprenticeships than we have in a generation.”

His visit also highlighted the importance of the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency to the Liberal Democrats, who are desperate to retain it at the next election.

When asked whether they would be successful, he said: “You bet. The Tories can try as much as they like. Everybody locally knows that if you have a Liberal Democrat MP, like they have had in Annette, they will get an understanding MP who works tirelessly for their community. You’re not going to get that from a Tory.”

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5:08pm Thu 10 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

Yet another numpty who believes that school teachers are a free childcarer service
Yet another numpty who believes that school teachers are a free childcarer service s-pb2
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Townee says...

Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden.
Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden. Townee
  • Score: 13

8:20pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rubberbandman5 says...

Don't worry about your Dim Libs down here Nick. It's a two horse race and your Dim Libs are not even in it ?
Don't worry about your Dim Libs down here Nick. It's a two horse race and your Dim Libs are not even in it ? rubberbandman5
  • Score: 26

8:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

rubberbandman5 says...

Psss, s-pb2, I seem to recall you telling us how wonderful Euro federalist MP Annette Brookes was a short while ago. I thought you were a numpty than, but obviously you have seen the error of your ways. We need an MP who represents 78 per cent of the population on giving the public a vote on Euro membership.
We can argue about in or out of Europe only when our MP's sit up and listen to the majority of the public. It's called Democracy, fat chance of the Dim Libs ever understanding that ?
Psss, s-pb2, I seem to recall you telling us how wonderful Euro federalist MP Annette Brookes was a short while ago. I thought you were a numpty than, but obviously you have seen the error of your ways. We need an MP who represents 78 per cent of the population on giving the public a vote on Euro membership. We can argue about in or out of Europe only when our MP's sit up and listen to the majority of the public. It's called Democracy, fat chance of the Dim Libs ever understanding that ? rubberbandman5
  • Score: 21

9:13pm Thu 10 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Enjoy the exposure cause in 2015 you and your party are history.
Enjoy the exposure cause in 2015 you and your party are history. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 11

9:14pm Thu 10 Jul 14

s-pb2 says...

rubberbandman5 wrote:
Psss, s-pb2, I seem to recall you telling us how wonderful Euro federalist MP Annette Brookes was a short while ago. I thought you were a numpty than, but obviously you have seen the error of your ways. We need an MP who represents 78 per cent of the population on giving the public a vote on Euro membership.
We can argue about in or out of Europe only when our MP's sit up and listen to the majority of the public. It's called Democracy, fat chance of the Dim Libs ever understanding that ?
Did I? I dont know anything about the woman, other than shes an MP somewhere in Dorset!
[quote][p][bold]rubberbandman5[/bold] wrote: Psss, s-pb2, I seem to recall you telling us how wonderful Euro federalist MP Annette Brookes was a short while ago. I thought you were a numpty than, but obviously you have seen the error of your ways. We need an MP who represents 78 per cent of the population on giving the public a vote on Euro membership. We can argue about in or out of Europe only when our MP's sit up and listen to the majority of the public. It's called Democracy, fat chance of the Dim Libs ever understanding that ?[/p][/quote]Did I? I dont know anything about the woman, other than shes an MP somewhere in Dorset! s-pb2
  • Score: -6

9:45pm Thu 10 Jul 14

old buffer says...

Sorry, Nick who was that?
Sorry, Nick who was that? old buffer
  • Score: 10

11:39am Fri 11 Jul 14

Dibbles2 says...

Townee wrote:
Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden.
I would quite happily take my child out of school for a few weeks a year and home teach so we could actually afford to go on holiday but am not allowed. I agree with the strike but what I don't agree with is the fact that I am told what I can and cant do with my child, what he can eat and drink during school time etc, even what he has to do at home now! So many kids are missing out on holidays that could be extremely educational and yet teachers strike.

And no they are not free childcare ................they get paid to do a job!
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden.[/p][/quote]I would quite happily take my child out of school for a few weeks a year and home teach so we could actually afford to go on holiday but am not allowed. I agree with the strike but what I don't agree with is the fact that I am told what I can and cant do with my child, what he can eat and drink during school time etc, even what he has to do at home now! So many kids are missing out on holidays that could be extremely educational and yet teachers strike. And no they are not free childcare ................they get paid to do a job! Dibbles2
  • Score: -4

2:25pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I do agree with apprenticeships providing they are done to teach youngsters a recognisable trade but unfortunately this is not always the case at the moment, a lot of these apprentices are being used as cheap labour because they get paid below the minimum wage and at the end of it have very little experience in the actual field they have entered. Great for youth unemployment figures for the government though. Isn't that what it is really about Nick ?
I do agree with apprenticeships providing they are done to teach youngsters a recognisable trade but unfortunately this is not always the case at the moment, a lot of these apprentices are being used as cheap labour because they get paid below the minimum wage and at the end of it have very little experience in the actual field they have entered. Great for youth unemployment figures for the government though. Isn't that what it is really about Nick ? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

rozmister says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Townee wrote:
Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden.
I would quite happily take my child out of school for a few weeks a year and home teach so we could actually afford to go on holiday but am not allowed. I agree with the strike but what I don't agree with is the fact that I am told what I can and cant do with my child, what he can eat and drink during school time etc, even what he has to do at home now! So many kids are missing out on holidays that could be extremely educational and yet teachers strike.

And no they are not free childcare ................they get paid to do a job!
Pull your child out and home school them all year roundthen. Enrolling your child in a school isn't compulsory, educating them is. If you don't like the school's rules don't send them there.
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Says the one who had a very large pay rise offered. He might not have taken it but when you have loads then you don't need a little bit extra. Unlike the poor down trodden.[/p][/quote]I would quite happily take my child out of school for a few weeks a year and home teach so we could actually afford to go on holiday but am not allowed. I agree with the strike but what I don't agree with is the fact that I am told what I can and cant do with my child, what he can eat and drink during school time etc, even what he has to do at home now! So many kids are missing out on holidays that could be extremely educational and yet teachers strike. And no they are not free childcare ................they get paid to do a job![/p][/quote]Pull your child out and home school them all year roundthen. Enrolling your child in a school isn't compulsory, educating them is. If you don't like the school's rules don't send them there. rozmister
  • Score: 0

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