This is the Cold War rhetoric of “Red’s under the bed’s”. What next a compulsory oath of allegiance to Michael Gove for all teachers? You may laugh but under the McCarthy terrors in the USA, academics in California were obliged to take an oath of loyalty to the US state. See more here.
The Daily Mail today also of course have a go at Glenda Jackson who they call, “Fag Ash Glenda”, and accuse of being potty to the “power point of 10” because of her attack on Thatcher in the Commons (See previous post).
But this is the same paper that last week printed an article by the ConDem Education Secretary, Michael Gove, in which he claimed that British Universities are dominated by a secret cadre of Marxist academics whose organisation is called……. “The Blob”. In the piece Gove said……..
“School reformers in the past often complained about what was called The Blob – the network of educational gurus in and around our universities who praised each other’s research, sat on committees that drafted politically correct curricula, drew gifted young teachers away from their vocation and instead directed them towards ideologically driven theory.”
The piece was the rantings of a lunatic but has not been challenged anywhere in the mainstream media except Times Higher Ed. I’ve asked every academic I know if they are or were ‘on the blob’ but no one knows what I’m talking about.