And that is why its supporters in the United States, whose notoriety as arm-twisters
with muscle in Congress is well-known, have come out swinging.
In a keynote speech, she will say: "Michael Gove's gang of arm-twisters
are travelling the country using threats to get primary schools to convert."
I am also the ultimate of friendly arm-twisters
. There was a promise of first authorships to all (this was kept), as well as being part of an important study.
This is a conflict that is unlikely to be ever resolved without considerable international persuasion - and the United States should be chief among the arm-twisters
. Sadly, George Bush's White House seems unable or unwilling to give any real lead.
Of his eight newest Pioneers--a corps of volunteer arm-twisters
who have each raised at least $100,000--four have been implicated in serious political or financial scandals in recent years.
But one defiant MP warned the Government to keep "your arm-twisters
and goolie-crushers" away from him.