Tuesday, 12 July 2016

ANDREA LEADSOM

Be afraid. Be very afraid

The UK now has a new Prime Minister in waiting – Teresa May. It is not Andrea Leadsom (she of the ill-judged comment on motherhood and its relevance for holding a high office of state).

Ms Leadsom is currently making fulsome placatory noises to Ms May, clearly hoping for some sort of office herself.

Should she do so, and we shall know that before the weekend, we will likely be hearing rather more of her views on brain development and its social and psychological impacts –
Leadsom’s bad case of neurobollocks
After her ill-fated leadership pitch to the Conservative Party last week, Andrea Leadsom, who has since withdrawn from the race to be Tory leader, was widely ridiculed. And one of the many things she said that attracted the scorn of social media was her wacky contention that tackling the issue of infant brain development, ‘from conception to age two’, would boost social mobility and create an economically dynamic Britain. She even talked about how important it was ‘to massage the prefrontal cortex of a baby’s brain’. 
Yet, despite the ridicule that came Leadsom’s way, such neurobabble is in fact already a routine part of English and Welsh maternity and early years care, and has been so for over 10 years...

There is a lot more of her thinking on this hanging around in Cyberspace, just search LEADSOM and NEURO

Law of unintended consequences

Not a lot of people know of Ms Leadsom's interests in such matters, nor would have bothered much if they did. If she 'gets' Education or Health, however, many more might.

That could change the local conceptual geography in unforeseeable ways – another unexpected consequence of the Brexit saga

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