It was obvious that the Guardian newspaper was lying from the start, and the item was clearly written to mislead. Yet I noticed ‘journalists’ on the BBC raving about what a wonderful scoop it was, naturally without checking. Tthe irresponsibility of the left knows no boundaries.
“However, the Department of Education is in fighting form. They have responded, disputing the figures. The Department says that of the 21 (not 22) playing fields the Government has approved for disposal, 14 belonged to schools that have closed, and four were part of sites that became surplus when existing schools amalgamated. Of the other three:
- One was surplus marginal grassland on the school site, the sale of which allowed investment in the school library and sports changing facilities.
- One was leased to a company to redevelop and improve a playing field for the school’s use that had poor drainage and was under-used. As a result of the development, the school's playing fields now include four 5-a-side pitches, two 7-a-side pitches, a full sized football and hockey pitch and a six-court indoor tennis facility. The school also profited from private hire of facilities outside school hours.
- One was due to be leased to an athletics club to improve sporting provision for both the club and the school, although the project did not go ahead in the end.”
Here is the original Guardian misrepresentation. Reading it would be a good exercise in teaching people how to spot media lying.
the web address for the article above is