Well it certainly looks as though some of the i’s have been dotted and some of the t’s crossed at St Bede’s College in Manchester, where skullduggery has been the order of the day for the last five months at this once famous school. Ever since the Independent Schools Inspectorate descended at the end of last year and stated that the governance of the school was a right load of crap.
In the aftermath of the report and during its post mortem, Danny Kearney, the supposed Headmaster, who was unable to adequately defend his directorship of the downward slide, threw his dummy out of the pram, picked up the ball and went home leaving poor old and well put upon but still stunningly beautiful Sandra Pike to hold the fort.
To remind yourselves of the seismic upheavals at the beginning of the year I suggest you read a series of blog postings I wrote in a three week period at the end of January and beginning of February and also the comments they attracted. Not only are they singularly well written but they are precise and the forecasts have nearly all come true, pronouncing to the world what a bag of shite the school had become.
My first posting in this saga was on 17th January 2014 entitled Even More On St Bede’s College In Manchester which reminded the reader of the deadly hush that descended on the school at that time after the Inspectorate had visited the school before Christmas. My remarks were well justified and described the scene well. Having read it again this morning, I congratulated myself on a fine piece of writing, obviously helped in a large way by Danny Boy’s behaviour and the actions of Cretin Quinlan who had helped to hoist Danny’s petard.
My next posting regarding the school was five days later on 22nd January 2014 entitled St Bede’s Opened Up when in the last line I opined that “the debate (regarding the school) will continue over these next few days but please let us hear of some dismissals”. And sure enough with Kearney still sulking, Pike did her best to explain away the ISI report which seriously questioned the School’s Safeguarding abilities, in a note to all parents published in my posting of 1st February 2014 entitled BBC On St Bede’s Last Night where I also reported the mawkish BBC entering the fray.
The 6th February 2014 brought on another posting entitled Danny Kearney’s Attempt To Right A Wrong which allowed Danny his last tilt at the windmill when in a very poor piece of writing in an article in the Tablet, he blames the world and not himself for Bede’s ills. As I wrote that piece, news came through, devastating news as it happens of how Old Florid finally saw sense. Monsignor Michael Quinlan resigned as chair of governors of the College. with effect from 3rd February 2014. Now whether he jumped or was pushed does not really matter, I prefer to think he was pushed, but it removed one more hurdle in trying to right the school. Quinlan’s reign was dire.
Old Flash Moynihan stuck his finger in the hole in the dyke but said his role would be shortlived classing himself as only a caretaker. The first bit of truth out of the school in a long time. I followed up this news with a posting on 7th February entitled Egos Obliterated At St Bede’s College In Manchester when I questioned the crisis management at Bede’s over the previous few years. In a supposed academic environment calmness had gone out the window. Bede’s in its stricken state had brought Byrne and Moynihan back to run the ship, the two men who had been witness to the Green era and other possible blemishes and had never held their hands up. A bloody poor and ill considered show by the Bishop.
All this flapping about at Bede’s deserved a rapier-like thrust and I did this on 9th February 2014 with a piece entitled The Reality Of St Bede’s In The 1950s and 1960s. It shocked some people with its candour, it was meant to. Sexual abuse of children passes over a lot of people’s heads. After reading this posting hopefully they understand it better. In fact one dimwit, a school governor by the name of Helen West, was so infuriated with my real prose she threatened to have me closed down and was supposed to have instructed Greater Manchester Police and the Garda Siocana to have me arrested. Can you all not see why the school is buggered with such a witless woman on the board of governors.
Well that is where I left the school to either right itself or rot in its own juices. I had more important matters to think about. Up north of England is a country called Scotland and it also has big problems with its governance. It locks up the innocent and lets the guilty go free and because of that it has become totally corrupt with the likes of Alex Salmond desperately trying to protect his protector Elish Angiolini, the former Lord Advocate of Scotland who is up to her nostrils in the protection of paedophile rings in Bonnie Scotland. Two of my mates Robert Green and Timothy Rustige have been locked up, Robert without even a trial since February 12th 2014. Timothy with only a farce of a trial with the said Angiolini perjuring herself at will from the witness box. Timothy has now been given a release date of 11th August. Their crime if that is what it is in this warped state was to protect innocent children from kilted sexual abuse.
I returned to the Bedian fiasco yesterday having been given a nudge by a solicitor friend in New Zealand. I now notice that Shiek Mansour’s stooge at Bede’s, Mr Des Coffey, has been made Vice-chair of Governors, the arab grip on the school is tightening and also that the Board have shed four governors since February. What can be wrong with the atmosphere at Bede’s when for the last two years governors have been coming and going like customers at a brothel.
One thing the solicitor told me was that he was in conversation with a well respected ex-teacher at Bede’s who told him that Danny Boy had eventually thrown in the towel or at least been paid off with adequate monies instead of going to an Industrial Tribunal with a case of constructive dismissal. I doubt if we will ever know, secrecy being the key to progress at Bede’s. You parents however who pay these people’s wages should demand to know how he departed because certainly his slate has been well cleaned. The monies paid to him came out of your pockets, you deserve better. Kearney’s name no longer stands with the staff of the school, the brave and beautiful Sandra Pike rides tall as Acting Head, leaving her way clear for her escalation to Headmaster. God help us all but at least she will be cheap.