comment: You don’t kick a man or woman when they’re down.

If it’s a case of dishonesty or failure to get a deal we want, I have always believed that you don’t kick a man or woman when they’re down. If someone has failed in any situation, what is the point of making things worse? We are all human and therefore capable of making mistakes. While some disciplinary measures need to be taken, It is far better to allow individuals to learn from their mistakes than to make matters worse for them.

In a local paper, a headmaster who had tampered with exam results was sensationally slated on the front page announcing that he has been banned from teaching for life. While some punishment is inevitable, and sacking from a head teacher’s role appropriate, it seems strange that he has been banned from teaching for life because of his dishonesty. We should perhaps wait until a possible appeal or until we have found out the other facts of the case before kicking the man down. If many of the headmasters I have come across over the years had been banned for dishonesty, very few would still have their jobs. I could list many examples of headmasters who have been dishonest such as the one who had lied in his interview for a head teacher’s position. He had promised to live in the village if he was given the job and yet, as soon as he got the job, he moved out of the village. He was certainly not sacked because of this. I am sure we could name and shame no end of people who have acted inappropriately like this and who have not been chastised for their misdemeanours.

We are told that the Cabinet has warned our Prime Minister that she would have to go if the Brexit deal she is proposing is defeated in the Commons. Isn’t this merely the workings of democracy? If members of parliament suggest a certain way forward and the suggestion is voted out by the rest of parliament, the members are not automatically slung out of the place are they? We all know democracy is a complicated and often long and slow process. If someone, like Theresa May, has been involved with a project in depth for some time, surely if changes are to be made, she would be the most informed person to be able to negotiate further alterations? The situation might be different if she had refused to abide by the results of the referendum on Brexit. As far as I know, whether we personally agree to it or not, we voted to leave Europe. Only if Theresa May refused to take steps to initiate this decision should she be sacked.





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