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… Walter Wendler.

From the Telegraph.

A political blog written by Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, has been found to be riddled with spelling mistakes.

The Labour MP’s website was also found to contain typing errors and grammatical oversights.

The mispellings of Mr Knight, who was educated at Cambridge University, include “maintainence”, “convicned”, “curently”, “similiar”, “foce”, “pernsioners”, “reccess” and “archeaological”.

Mr Knight, who is responsible for raising education standards, also clearly has problems with the “i before e, except after c” spelling rule taught to primary school pupils.

He spelled “achieving” and “received” incorrectly.

Mr Knight, 43, gives his opinions on local and national issues regularly on his website, which reveals he attended the fee-paying Eltham College, in Mottingham, south east London.

He went on to study geography, and social and political sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, from 1984 to 1987.

Mr Knight, MP for Dorset South, said: “When I was at school the teachers told me to always check my work. While my spelling is generally pretty good, I need to focus more on checking.”

Rob Wilson, the Conservative education spokesman, said: “He will be disappointed with his efforts in class but I’m sure he’ll make every effort to improve now teacher has noticed he’s falling behind.”

Words the education minister got wrong:

maintainence (maintenance)

convicned (convinced)

curently (currently)

similiar (similar)

foce (force)

pernsioners (pensioners)

reccess (recess)

archeaological (archeological)

acheiving (achieving)

receieved (received)

UD thanks her sister for the link.

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4 Responses to “Shades of…”

  1. Michael Tinkler Says:

    Oh – he must have been an actual classroom teacher! My spelling always suffers for days after a big pile of papers. It does always snap back, but that’s probably because I’m too strong-minded to go into politics.

  2. Beth Says:

    Actually it should be ‘archaeological’.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Beth: Good point.

  4. theprofessor Says:

    He is a Labor MP, after all–he may be aiming for that funky prole-ish feeling.

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