Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I cannot sing to save my life - Miliband


Curly ain't musical either!

In his ministerial blog, South Shields MP David Miliband admits to being unable to sing (despite singing like a canary yesterday of Labour's likely election defeat), he says:

"I cannot sing to save my life"


The blog post deals with the music curriculum in schools following Education Secretary Alan Johnson's drive for music in schools and the announcement of an additional 10m. pounds funding to the 25m. pounds already budgeted. This money will go towards further instrumentational tuition and the competition to find (in schools) a National Singing Champion! Composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall has been named as the government's national ambassador to lead the new singing campaign. Just to add that little extra nanny state ingredient to the recipe there will be a regulated 21st. Century Songbook to provide a top 30 list of approved songs for children to sing.

Unfortunately this blogger, and I suspect around 80% of the rest of us, has never heard of Mr. Goodall, and worries intensely that ministers and officials can sanction the spending of so much money to teach our children how to sing, or what to sing!

David Miliband is pleased that this programme is to be launched at last, seeing as it was his idea originally in the music manifesto of 2004 (just shows how long it takes New Labour to get some projects under steam.) Perhaps one of the reasons he can't sing to save his life has nothing to do with the fine education he received, but more to do with the fact that he spent so long stood on Arsenal's North Bank where it would have been easier to break into a panic rather than break into song. Curly of course matured his singing voice on the packed terraces of the Fulwell End at Roker Park!

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DfES Press Release.


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