AN ANGRY parent has branded teachers Scrooges after crackers were banned from a primary school’s Christmas lunch — because pupils voted for the Green Party in a mock election.
The move came after environmental activists criticised the traditional table decorations as being a waste of paper and an example of single-use plastic packaging.
But writing on Mumsnet under the name Scrooge1234, the parent said: ‘Primary school had a fake vote yesterday. They voted in majority for the Green Party. Today was Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day.
‘Usually they get crackers with their dinner, but were told today that because over half of them voted for the Green Party they wouldn’t be getting crackers.’
The parent added: ‘Am I being unreasonable to think the school shouldn’t have done this? Seems a bit mean to me.’
The post divided opinion among other parents. One user, writing under the name ReanimatedSGB, said: ‘It would certainly be easy for your dear child to interpret it as a punishment for voting Green. School staff shouldn’t be so dimwitted as not to realise that presenting it in that way is likely to lead to the kids who voted something other than Green having a go at the kids who did vote Green.’
Another, posting under the name Swirlygirl, added: ‘I don’t want politics in school. It’s not about crackers, it’s about some teacher selling their views to young children.’
But not every parent agreed. One wrote: ‘This is great! Our primary school didn’t have them either as the eco council put forward a motion not to have them. Gives me such hope that little kids can at least have some sense of their impact on the environment. Party bags are going the same way.’
Another, posting under the name sproutsandparsnips, said: ‘I actually I think it’s a good lesson. When you vote your decision can impact on everyone.
‘The fact that more than half voted Green meant that everyone must abide by their policies. Perhaps a lesson in democracy, rather than the issues per se.’