Vince Cable did not mean to offend teachers, says Clegg

The Guardian is reporting that Nick Clegg has said that Vince Cable, the business secretary, had not meant to cause offence and was quoted out of context when he said teachers know absolutely nothing about the world of work…

Cable’s remarks are regarded as a huge political error since the Liberal Democrats are making a big push to win back teachers by mounting attacks on the education secretary, Michael Gove, and calling for more teachers to be qualified…

Defending Cable, Clegg said the business secretary was a great admirer of teachers, adding it “was absolutely not his intention to cause offence”. He said: “Teachers are the lifeblood of society. I know Vince would not have wanted to cause offence. Self-evidently, I am a massive admirer of what teachers do day in and day out.”

He said the wider point being made by Cable concerned the inadequacy and patchiness of careers advice in schools, something he had said he planned to improve. He said all politicians sometimes express themselves in ways they wish they had not…

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  1. OOK_Librarian

    inwte SchoolsImprove For this & a myriad other reasons Lib Dems should not expect votes from students or teachers

  2. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove wow! Wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end when he does mean to offend then. #shameonyouVC

  3. rene_koglbauer

    SchoolsImprove the libs are part of the coalition they could have ensured that the information, advice& guidance agenda is driven forward

  4. andrew_1910

    SchoolsImprove There are sectors of work that many teachers know little about. Lack of careers specialists means kids don’t get good advice

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