By what mandate?

PUBLISHED: 07:10 25 May 2013


Media reports state that: “PM’s gay marriage drive has upset vast numbers of people, warns Hammond”, and informs us that Mr Cameron has no mandate for the change.

Way back on March 27, 1971, I wrote to the headmaster of a junior mixed school (which my two daughters attended) immediately opposite my home, regarding explicit sex education he was introducing into his school.

Here is an extract: ‘Would you kindly indicate to me in writing countersigned by Mr Howard, Director of Education, by what legal mandate, or parliamentary authority you are both using to lawfully introduce such a subject to your school.’

I attended a parents’ meeting held at the school during the evening of March 29, 1971.

Rising to his feet, the headmaster waved the blue booklet, Scheme of Education in Personal Relationships in the air and said that, if any legal mandate was required, then it was the booklet he was holding in his hand.

The booklet was produced by 12 teachers (no parents) attached to Exeter schools.

Ironically, what the pedlars of gay marriage are doing is but an extension of what the blue booklet taught.

Maybe Mr Cameron should read and study the blue booklet; he could be unwittingly fulfilling the aims of the Exeter Education Authorities teaching.

The blue booklet is held on the Worldcat web site, and a copy can still be inspected at the archive building in Exeter.

As a caring parent, I removed my two daughters from the junior mixed school (which resulted in a court conviction labelling me a criminal for life).

They were privately educated until leaving school for adult employment.

Yours, still concerned

Colin Knapman

Gloucester Road


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