Thursday, 22 August 2013
This is just a quick update about the work to get Michael Gove’s latest edict overturned in the High Court.
Firstly, I would like to say a very sincere and very heartfelt thank you to all the people who have contributed to the appeal fund. It has been a tremendously uplifting experience to receive the donations and to read the messages of support.
I have tried to thank people individually as well, but in many cases donations have come through anonymously or with just a surname. If you haven’t heard from me directly, please take this as an expression of my gratitude.
As I said before, the accounts will be published so anybody can check their donation didn’t go astray, and every penny is being accounted for, whether it is cash, cheque, bank transfer or if it was sent via the Internet.
So far, we’ve been quite busy.
Getting the appeal registered and accepted was the first hurdle. To do that, we needed to very quickly research and understand the process and what the Court required.
In the absence of money to pay legally trained professionals, we had to work hard, and another round of thank yous goes to the people who helped and offered advice – even if much of it was contradictory!
The next step was raising the application fee, and if it wasn’t for those people who donated to the appeal, it would never have left the ground. It is truly shocking how much access to justice costs in this country when you have to pay for it yourself.
The days between sending in the paperwork and receiving the documents back with the Court seal were nervous but it was a great feeling when the envelope finally dropped through the door.
Once that was done, we could serve papers on Mr Gove and on his deputy, who signed the Order banning me from teaching for life. It’s just a pity we couldn’t be there to see Gove’s face when he opened the packet.
We’ve also written to the prime minister asking how sure he is of Gove’s decision, given that Gove has a history of ignoring advice from people who know what they’re talking about. Cameron himself has said how BNP teachers should be banned from the classroom – here’s the photo of him at the meeting, where he said it.
We’ve invited Dave to contribute to the appeal. If he’s confident in Gove’s decision, then he will surely welcome it being validated by the High Court. We’ll just have to wait and see...
Obviously it’s not over yet and there remains the actual work of presenting the evidence in the way the Court requires it. Again, people are still working for free in their spare time in the evenings and at weekends. We don’t have the luxury of a bottomless pit of public money to use to persecute our political opponents.
We don’t have government departments to impose corrupted political will on the people of Britain. We don’t have the huge funds available to the Unions to finance their activities.
What we do have is a sense of right and wrong.
It is right that I be excluded from teaching for a period after my conviction at the Crown Court. The hearing panel for teachers determined a review period of two years. That was extended to a lifetime ban on Gove’s authority by somebody who wasn’t even present at the hearing.
Even if the appeal isn’t successful, we will have shown Gove that he can’t just abuse his authority without it being brought to light.
If you would like to contribute to the High Court Appeal fund, please use Internet Banking to Lloyds TSB, Sort Code 77-20-40, Account Number 27588760, in the name of Adam Walker.
Alternatively, if you have a PayPal account, please send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer, you can send a cheque payable to Adam Walker C/O PO Box 105, Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 9BJ.
As I said before, all the donations and expenditure will be recorded and published. They will be anonymous in most cases, but if you want to put a name or a specific reference on the donation so you can check later, please let me know and I will make sure it happens.
And again, very many thanks to those who have contributed already. I couldn’t have got this far without your help.
If you wanted to contribute earlier but couldn’t at the time or if you got side-tracked, do please send what you can now. The highest single donation so far has been £500 and the lowest was a pound.
Every penny helps, and in their own way, both gestures have been just as humbling.
Update on Adam Walker v Michael Gove in the High Court
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