More “failing” schools

Surprised? Successful schools would mean one less area of our lives for politicians to use for their own purposes – look, boys and girls, we are doing something for you. Surprised – having learnt just a few months ago that … Continue reading

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Trainee Teachers fail maths and English tests

Reported in the national press last week – primary schools are facing a shortage of new teachers. But don’t these trainees have first to gain a “C” grade at GCSE? So, what is going on? Did I say GCSE? GCSE … Continue reading

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Alcohol and A and E

Senior doctors seek a ban on cheap alcohol. (Times, Jan 12th) Alcohol-related matters account for 20% of A and E patients, rising to 80% at weekends. Why don’t A and E staff insist that drunkards wait away from other patients … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo – How do they know it’s Mohammed?

No photos of the Prophet. No pictures of him from the life. So how does anyone know? If they are trying to wind you up and you react – they have won. Ignore them and they fail.

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BBC Television news – a terrorist’s messanger-boy

It is one thing to report something with words. It is another thing to show a picture of contentious matter, especially when to do so is to connive in manipulation of the media. Why did the BBC show us the … Continue reading

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So easy to get along with Muslims

I had arranged a theatre visit for my sixth-formers, Shakespeare, up in town. At the end of school there was a parent to see me. Mr Khan strode across the car park with his son and his daughter in tow, … Continue reading

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Private healthcare contractractor abandons trust

Perhaps it’s no bad thing that the private company that is responsible for Hinchingbrooke Hospital is abandoning the NHS trust for which it is responsible, but who will care in the place of Circle Holdings? Medics, the people who actually … Continue reading

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Wrong door – Serendipity in the Ladies

At a friend’s birthday party, in a hurry, first door on the right, back to the celebrations but no, I should have taken the second door. So it was I met the lady. She had unlocked the door and was … Continue reading

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Cameron lowering voting age and raising school leaving age

Next year all young people will have to remain in education, full or part time, until the age of 18. Clearly they are not regarded as adult for they will be expected to accept direction from others. They will not … Continue reading

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Undecided about Europe? Sure about a referendum?

Undecided about Europe? Well, there’s no hurry. We were promised a referendum before the last general election and there is talk of a referendum after the next one. Clearly the government is not rushing us to make up our minds. … Continue reading

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