Hutton School Revisited
The 'formal consultation' period is almost at an end and I detect a feeling of resignation to the inevitable amongst those many people who would like to keep the school
open. There are grounds for pessimism.I fear that to the High Heidians(?SPL) in Newton St Boswells small rural schools are untidy, expensive and a long way from their vision of 'the new school of the century'.Small is not beautiful. It is an irritant. Never mind the quality of the education feel its expense. Local feelings will be canvassed as they must but to what effect? Minds I suspect have been made up months ago and will not be moved by argument, however trenchant. But we should nevertheless perservere in Making maximum use of what ammunition we have,.
It will be the politicians that will decide the outcome in the end. Closing schools and thus infuriating parents (eg voters) is a hot political potato. But by definition rural voters are thin on the ground-(200 or so Hutton and Paxton combined)and it is colder potatoes in the villages than in urban areas such as Duns or Eyemouth. So it is our councillors and the powers that be in Edinburgh that will need to be convinced of our case. It is late in the day but I wonder if it is not too late for the campaigners to employ professional PR help to present their case. Especially if the vote in August goes against us. I pass this suggestion on for what it is worth (old_greywolf(at:@)yahoo.co.uk for any comment) A good PR person with the right contacts would be worth the money we would need to raise to employ her/him.Do you agree oh bloggees?
In the meanwhile bombard St Boswells, our councillors,MSPs and MPs (I'd be inclined to leave Lord Biscuit out of it-the House of Lords will not have any say in this) In other words 'Write on'
PS Spellchecker suggests replacing 'Duns' with 'Dung' Unfair and ignorant.