To remind those loyal Scots Tories now willing to fluffily ‘serve under’ Boris, a wee reminder that’s it’s entirely a one-way street emerges in the Guardian today. 4-year-olds, not even 5-year-olds, are to be tested and their parents need not expect to be informed never mind consulted. It’s the kind of thing that used to madden those champions of family values and strict parenting like Ruth Davidson (still not available for comment). Less than a year ago she was furious:
Driven on by righteous indignation and ‘compassionate conservatism’, she attacked the SNP’s flagship policies on education:
But even the Tory press in England were unable to resist noting the hypocrisy. The Times wrote:
Ruth Davidson has been accused of “shameless opportunism” after the Tories stole a march on other parties by launching a formal attempt to scrap school testing at age five. The Conservatives used their position as Holyrood’s second party to lodge a motion for debate next week, which will lead to a vote on the policy that the SNP is expected to lose. Nicola Sturgeon pointed out that the Scottish Tories had supported P1 testing in their latest manifesto. Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who have consistently opposed it, had also planned to secure a vote on the policy.