One of the silver linings in the lockdown cloud is that we will have no leaving speeches at the end of this term. Yes, we are being spared that nauseating annual spectacle of dishonesty and hypocrisy. The lies, the crocodile tears, the hypocrisy. How often have I seen a HOD lamenting how much a department member would be missed - the truth being that the same HOD had behind the scenes organised the removal of the unfortunate colleague. Mind you one year we had real honesty (and fireworks) when the departing Religious Education HOD accused the Deputy Head of causing her to make a suicide attempt.