Jeremy Vine has apologized for playing Beyoncé’s song ‘Halo’ just moments after addressing the real-life crisis that has led to the closure of more than 100 UK schools.
The radio host played Beyoncé’s song, which features the lyrics, “Remember those walls I built? “. Well, baby, they’re falling apart – after reading a comment from a listener who criticized the UK for its handling of the down-to-earth crisis.
“France has banned RAAC concrete. We accept it. Successive governments have been unable to keep our children safe,” said the comment read by the Radio 2 presenter.
Vine later apologized for the scheduling of the songs on Twitter after social media users pointed out the implications of the scheduling decision.
” It’s my fault. Apologies,” the Radio 2 presenter said, after a poster on Twitter commented, “It is yet to be decided whether the music programmer should be sacked or given a pay rise…”
Jeremy Vine performed Beyoncé’s song Halo, which features the lyrics “Remember those walls I built? Well, baby, they’re falling apart – while discussing the concrete crisis
The radio presenter apologized for the lineup after a Twitter user pointed out the lineup decision
I almost crashed the car when I heard that (wait for the song).
It remains to be decided whether the music programmer should be laid off or benefit from a salary increase… pic.twitter.com/lLetYAKZDF
— Charlotte Morgan (@MorganBroadcast) September 4, 2023
More than 100 schools across Britain have been forced to close their buildings following concerns about the safety of the autoclaved reinforced aerated concrete (RAAC) used in their construction.
The UK government, however, claimed its response to the RAAC crisis was “world-leading”, despite ordering the full or partial closure of more than 100 schools in England just weeks before the start of term.
Schools minister Nick Gibb’s comments came after his boss, Gillian Keegan, said she was frustrated that no one recognized how “good a job” she was doing.
Mr Gibb said the Department for Education (DfE) was acting to protect children from the risk posed by collapsing-prone Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (Raac).
Asked about the Education Secretary’s outburst of profanity, Mr Gibb told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘What she was trying to convey was the huge amount of work being done by the DfE.
“We are the world leader in identifying the location of Raac in our school area.
“We are talking about a small number of schools out of 22,500 schools, but we have been carrying out surveys since March last year, so we know where Raac is and we are sending investigators to identify Raac.
“And then the decision was made, an important decision was made last Thursday to keep children safe with new evidence that emerged on the uncritical Raac that we now believe is unsafe, and we made the difficult decision because we want ensure the safety of children. » ‘
In filmed reviews after an interview on Monday, a frustrated Ms Keegan lashed out at those she said had ‘sat on your and done nothing’.
She also wondered why no one said “you did a good job”, before being forced to approach broadcasters to apologize for the language she used.
Ms Keegan then admitted to having been on holiday in Spain before ordering more than 100 schools and colleges in England to carry out full or partial closures.
She faced her Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday morning as the Prime Minister assembled his best team for their first meeting since returning from the long summer recess in the House of Commons.
Ministers have been accused of taking a ‘sticky approach’ to essential maintenance by the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog.
Writing in The Times, the head of the National Audit Office, Gareth Davies, suggested that not enough emphasis had been placed on “low-key but essential tasks”, such as the maintenance of public buildings which faced to “underinvestment”.
The RAAC crisis has led to the closure of more than 100 UK schools over concerns about the safety of building materials.
On Monday, the Prime Minister admitted that hundreds more schools could have been built with the Raac problem.
He insisted that 95% of schools in England were unaffected, leaving open the possibility that more than a thousand of them were still affected by the materials at risk of collapse.
Downing Street said the total number should be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.
Mr Sunak has also been accused by a former senior Department for Education (DfE) official of refusing a request for funding to rebuild more schools while he was chancellor.
RAAC is a form of lightweight concrete that was used to construct schools, colleges and other buildings across the country between the 1950s and the mid-1980s.
Concerns have been raised about the safety of the product, with the Standing Committee on Structural Safety saying the material is “very different from traditional concrete and, because of the way it was made, much more fragile”.
The weaknesses of the RAAC mean that the material has a lifespan of 30 years and is susceptible to sudden failure.
The collapse of a classroom ceiling at Singlewell Primary School in Gravesend, Kent, in 2018 heightened fears of a looming crisis as it was revealed that 700,000 children are currently in school schools using the RAAC.
The British government was then criticized for its inability to deal with this problem, which has been known for more than three decades.
Following the ceiling collapse at Singlewell Primary School in 2018, the Department for Education only sent out a questionnaire asking schools about the presence of RAACs in their buildings in March 2022.
The crisis has also raised fears that crumbling RAAC concrete could expose children to asbestos in UK schools.
Fears have been raised that the crisis could lead to a return to lockdown-style learning, with schoolchildren forced to take their lessons online.