May I make this suggestion to both sides in the ongoing teachers dispute:
To the teachers’ union: Publicly and concisely list your demands, point by point. Please leave aside all emotions and sentimentalities.
To the government: Publicly and concisely list what you are offering in response to these demands. Please also leave aside all emotions and sentimentalities.
Once you both have carried out this exercise you will be surprised about your urge to come to the round table and really work this out.
We, the public and your community, are not stupid and we ask that you treat us with the respect we deserve.