Isle of Wight ‘in­breds’ boss quits Of­sted

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THE chair­man of ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog Of­sted has quit af­ter caus­ing con­tro­versy by brand­ing the Isle of Wight a “ghetto” where there was “in­breed­ing”.

David Hoare said he’d in­formed Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Jus­tine Green­ing that he was re­sign­ing im­me­di­ately.

Mr Hoare ( above) was widely crit­i­cised af­ter be­ing caught on tape at a teach­ing con­fer­ence mak­ing dis­parag­ing re­marks about the Isle of Wight.

“Most peo­ple go there for sail­ing for two weeks a year. There’s a sail­ing club that’s one of the best in the world, where there’s cham­pagne,” he said in the record­ing, ob­tained by the Times Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­ple­ment.

“But just within inches, there are peo­ple who live in a ghetto ... They think of it as hol­i­day land. But it is shock­ing. It’s a ghetto; there’s been in­breed­ing.”

He later is­sued an apol­ogy af­ter his com­ments were re­ported, and also made a phone call to the leader of Isle of Wight Coun­cil to make a per­sonal apol­ogy. A MALE rhi­noc­eros bee­tle can lift 850 times its own body weight.

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