THE on-going furore about parents being fined for taking their children on holiday during term time has highlighted the lack of thought and inconsistency running through the whole process.

While some parents are fined and others are sent warning letters, frequently at the whim of the head teacher; quite a few education authorities don’t seem to bother at all.

And what about travellers’ children? With their nomadic lifestyle they can’t be easy to prosecute, if at all.

Now that would make an interesting court case, a parent (non gypsy) pleading not guilty on the grounds of racial and ethnic discrimination.

A Greenhalgh, Ross Street, Newport