"F**k you Rishi Sunak, and f**k the Tories."
Simon Pegg labelled Rishi Sunak a “p***k” following his plans to make it compulsory for children to learn maths until the age of 18.
In his first speech of 2023, the Prime Minister said he wanted people to “feel confident” when it came to finances and that the UK “reimagine our approach to numeracy”.
He said: “In a world where data is everywhere and statistics underpin every job, letting our children out into that world without those skills is letting our children down.”
Simon Pegg called out Mr Sunak, accusing him of wanting a “drone army of data-entering robots” and ignoring the UK’s “amazing reputation for creativity and self-expression”.
In an impassioned plea on Instagram, the Hot Fuzz actor said:
“So Rishi Sunak, our unmandated, unelected Prime Minister has decided that it should be compulsory for children to learn maths up until the age of 18.
“What a p***k. What about arts, humanities and fostering this country’s amazing reputation for creativity and self-expression? What about that?”
The British star recalled how he “hated maths” as a child and dropped it as soon as possible, only ever needing the skills he acquired at the age of 12.
Simon continued: “But no, Rishi Sunak wants a drone army of data-entering robots. What a tosser.”
He concluded: “F**k the Tories, get rid of them, please! F**k you Rishi Sunak, and f**k the Tories.”
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What he said…
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) January 5, 2023
Many social media users praised the actor for his “spot-on” take and for calling out the PM.
Simon Pegg was not the only celebrity who criticised Rishi Sunak’s proposed plans.
In an interview on LBC, Carol Vorderman seemed unconvinced and questioned whether Mr Sunak is living in a “parallel universe”.
She said: “People are suffering.
“I came from a very poor family – single parent, three kids – I was born in 1960 so I’m aged 62 now, and I was a free school meals kid all my life; I know how hard it is.
“He’s saying ‘Oh, my education was important’.
“Yes, it was important, you went to Winchester which is like Eton B, it’s a private school.”
“Does he have any conception of what real people are having to go through and the lack of opportunities for children?
“And the only way we can change this country is when children particularly are given equal opportunity. I am deeply passionate about it.”
— LBC (@LBC) January 5, 2023
Reflecting on the proposed plans, Carol believed that “the system is not working for that”.
Instead, she proposed that the syllabus switches maths for more “practical” skills.
The former Countdown star said:
“Let’s just take a practical view and come up with something you don’t teach to the test, you can do it online, re-do it online, where you have a little video lesson and then you have a little test after so it’s like micro-tests every day.
“You don’t need to teach to an exam all the time because, sadly, teachers and schools have to keep doing this.
“They spend whole terms teaching how to answer a particular question which is set by an educationist, rather than the practicality about mortgages, about your salary, about tax, about all of those practical things that will help these kids as they get older.”