McCann: Sinn Fein never had a plan to make educational reform work…

Interesting admission from Jennifer McCann of Sinn Fein at a public meeting at St Dominics on the Falls last night: “I would concede that when you take something away you should have something in its place. I concede that.” Even more interesting that she fingers Martin McGuinness as the villain of the piece for announcing his intention to abolish the 11+ before having something in its place. It’s a fair criticism of course, but it sidesteps poor Caitriona, whose party had from the 8th October 2002 (just as Stormont was collapsing) until the resumption of play in May 2007 to come up with a viable plan to make it happen. Which suggests Ms McCann’s statement is a tacit admission that the objective never had a pup’s chance of ever working!!!

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