Saturday, 22 January 2011
The Police's Little Helpers
Peter Davies (pictured) is the elected Mayor of Doncaster and is one of only eleven in England. He was head of religious studies and politics at Danum School for 30 years before taking early retirement. He is a founder member of the Campaign for Real Education, an organisation dedicated to restoring high standards of learning and discipline in the state education sector. He is also a founder member of the Campaign Against Political Correctness and campaigns for the withdrawal of England from the EU.
One of Mr Davies' first acts on taking office in 2009 was cutting his salary from £73,000 to £30,000 as well as dispensing with a chauffeur. He drives himself and does not claim for mileage.
Yesterday Mr Davies was caught speeding by children in a police road safety exercise. He was clocked driving close to a primary school at 33mph in a 30mph zone and he insisted that the children should have been at their desks rather than policing the streets.
"While I fully support the police in managing speeds on our roads, I do not support children being out of school for this sort of activity," he said. "Road safety can be delivered in the classroom alongside English and maths and schools should be concentrating on this basics."
Although he was spoken to by officers, police said no further action would be taken.
It is understood that pupils sent him a letter about their concerns over the dangers of speeding drivers.
I do hope he replied. Courteously of course.