Readers will perhaps recall that at the time of the Badman enquiry, a variety of unflattering names were coined for those home educators who were suspected of being in favour of increased monitoring, so that they could profit financially. For example, they were called, 'Rent seekers'. I have been watching the emergence of two new terms for such people. So far, these terms have been limited to the likes of Fiona Nicholson, who is felt by some of the more unbalanced home educators to be Quisling in chief and sidekick to Graham Stuart. I have seen her described as both a 'minion' and a 'fence-sitter'.
I have to say that I like the expression 'minion'. It makes Fiona sound like a character from Game of Thrones! Incidentally, here is a little puzzle. The most demented and irrational of the home educating crowd all seem to be in the Midlands or the north of England. I wonder why that should be? There are plenty of home educators in London and the south of England, but they seem a little saner and less excitable than those in places like Stafford and Doncaster. Whenever I am the victim of an especially unpleasant rumour, I can be quite sure that it will have had it's origins somewhere well north of London and the Home Counties. Is it something in the water, or what?