“‘You are a Spanish sailor about to embark in the Spanish Armada,’ said the worksheet. ‘Draw an anti-English poster to show all the reasons why you are invading the country.’
“It also asked for a ‘spider diagram of at least four reasons why Spain was angry enough with England to want to invade.’
“The school head and the teacher involved (I shall not name them because I think they’re clueless rather than anti-British) claim this stuff is in line with the National Curriculum.
“They didn’t see anything wrong with it.
“Well, try substituting ‘Germany’ for ‘Spain’, ‘the Blitz’ for ‘Armada’, and ‘Luftwaffe airman’ for ‘Spanish sailor’ and you might get my drift.
“Now, I have actually checked to see how Spanish children are taught the same subject, and I have established beyond doubt that they are not asked to draw an anti-Spanish poster.
“Not so long ago, they were taught that Francis Drake, that hero of my youth, was a wicked pirate.
“Good for the Spanish…”