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Simon Pegg says 'f*** you Rishi Sunak' over plans for compulsory maths to age 18

Watch: Simon Pegg lays into Rishi Sunak's maths plan: 'F*** the tories'

Simon Pegg has slammed Rishi Sunak's proposal to make maths a compulsory school subject until the age of 18, sharing a video expressing his outrage.

In his first speech of 2023, the prime minister said that he wanted to tackle innumeracy levels by making maths a compulsory subject through to 18, but Shaun of the Dead star Pegg hit back, saying he had never needed maths skills beyond the level of a 12-year-old.

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Pegg posted an angry video to social media where he said: "So, Rishi Sunak, our unmandated, unelected prime minister twice removed, has decided that it should be compulsory for children to learn maths up until the age of 18.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 13: Simon Pegg visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studios on July 13, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Simon Pegg expressed his fury at the plans. (Getty Images)

"What a p****. What about arts and humanities and fostering this country's amazing reputation for creativity and self expression, what about that, what about the kids who don't want to do maths?

"I hated maths, I dropped maths as soon as I could, and I've never needed it other than the skill set I acquired at the age of 12."

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He added: "But no, Rishi Sunak wants a f***ing drone army of data entering robots.

"What a t*****. F*** the Tories, get rid of them, please. F***. F*** you, Rishi Sunak, and f*** the Tories."

Simon Pegg arriving at the 75th British Academy Film Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Picture date: Sunday March 13, 2022. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Simon Pegg says he doesn't use maths beyond the level of a 12-year-old. (PA)

Actor and writer Jolyon Rubinstein tweeted the clip and captioned it: "Simon Pegg for PM."

Someone else agreed: "He’s bang on."

Another person commented: "I studied maths up to A levels and it was also a large part of my degree. Part of my job is data analysis within financial services. I don’t think I use any or possibly very little of my A level or degree maths. A levels are about choice and vocation. This is pure distraction!"

LONDON, ENGLAND, JANUARY 04: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks during his first major domestic speech of the year at Plexal, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on January 4, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Rishi Sunak's proposals have proved divisive. (Getty Images)

Maths whizz Carol Vorderman also agreed that the plan was a bad one, despite her own keenness for the subject.

Speaking on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show on Thursday, Vorderman 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.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Carol Vorderman attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2022 at Grosvenor House on October 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)
Even Carol Vorderman doesn't like the maths plan. (Getty Images)

She added: “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.”

Asked about the compulsory maths plans, she said “the system is not working for that” and pointed out that many primary school teachers would only have studied the subject up to GCSE level.