A dozen women are staging a sit-in at a primary school in a row over an advice poster warning about the dangers of female genital mutilation.And where’s this happening? Why, the People’s Republic of Lambeth! Superb!
And no, it’s not a group of mums whinging that the posters are infringing their cultural ishoos, which is what I first thought when I saw the story…
Lambeth Women’s Project is rejecting demands to leave the listed building, part of Stockwell Primary School and Children’s Centre, and is today on the sixth day of its occupation.Oooh, a siege!
Its action comes after relations with school chiefs and Lambeth council broke down over a loan — and accusations that it had left “sexually explicit material” lying around in areas where it could be seen by children.
But the women say the material is actually a police-sponsored poster for services to help London girls at risk of female genital mutilation.
They say they are “astonished” that the council could use the poster against them and claim the town hall told them to highlight the barbaric practice, which carries a 14-year jail sentence.Oh boy! I’m conflicted. Who to root for?
They say the real reason for the eviction is because the council wants to sell the site and convert it into flats.*orders bigger bag of popcorn*
Police had previously been called by the school but left, saying it was a civil matter.I bet they left in a hurry, too!
Relations between the women and the Labour-run council were strained in April when the authority accused them of refusing to repay £10,000 it had sent them in error. They insist the money was promptly handed back.Well, surely they have accounting practices and receipting to resolve any…
Oh. Wait. Labour-run council. I might see the problem.
Could we find that much-used tool of town hall bureaucrats, the unnamed source, to do some poison briefing against them?
Reader, we could:
A council source said: “The group has never abided by the rules. It has risked the safeguarding of the pupils who use the school building and has not paid any service charges. This includes leaving sexually explicit material in areas where pupils can see them.”*places bulk order with Butterkist*