On the 27th July, at 09:38, I tweeted the above. 16 minutes later, John Beattie had tweeted this:
Not exactly the same but still a quick attempt to exploit the tragic drownings, only 2 days earlier, to make a political point.
Beattie attracted several angry responses but these two sarcastically pointed out the stupidity of his idea:
So, it’s statutory element in English Schools but what’s the pass rate, so to speak?
Well, according to a report released by swimming’s governing body, the ASA and Kellogg’s entitled ‘Learning the Lesson : The Future of School Swimming’, more than 1.1 million primary school children are reported to be unable to be safe in and around water. 3,501 primary schools were surveyed on how many of their children have attained Key Stage 2 swimming requirements. It found 51% of children aged 7 to 11 cannot swim the length of a typical swimming pool (25 metres) unaided.
Try chucking the 49% in a loch and see how many need saving?