At the weekend I enjoyed the online quiz evening led by Katie Sanderson of Brighton and Dan Coxhill of Worthing. The other MP was Sara Britcliffe: she was elected age 24 in 2019 for Hyndburn, Lancashire; this was two years after she had been mayoress alongside her father before succeeding him as the local councillor. Unsurprisingly she beat me in the quiz on topical culture events. We enjoyed answering questions together on the purposes, practices and lives in politics. It reminded me that in each major party in each constituency there are overlapping groups of people contributing within communities and nationally.
The fascinating BBC radio 4 discussion on education, schools and parents on Wednesday morning reminds me of a diagram by Toby Weaver; he had been the Ministry of Education civil servant whose signature was on my ‘O’ and ‘A’ level certificates. He drew circles around the student: the closest influences were parents and family. Teachers and friends mattered too. We want every child to grow, to prosper and to recover from difficulties. Adult authority matters. Forgiveness and love make a difference. No household can hang out a sign claiming truly that everything is always all right.