Children, care and boarding schools

In two items earlier this year The Times reported concerns that some children are too readily taken into care and reminded readers about the benefits of boarding school for vulnerable children. I have known three men who benefitted from time … Continue reading

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Teachers, politicians and children’s best interests

Four recent correspondents in The Times (Sat June 16th) all found fault with the examination system inflicted on children in most schools in the UK. One of them, a teacher, speaks of an assault on youth and innocence. Why don’t … Continue reading

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edkayshun orthawriti fines parent

A parent in Devon has been fined £60 by his local education authority after taking his children out of school for five days to go on holiday. (Telegraph Aug 11th 2018) The letter he received from the county council, according … Continue reading

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Weep for our daughters and granddaughters

I wonder how might you have reacted, my friend, if you had arrived home from college and found something obstructing the back door. After a struggle you manage to force it part-way open and whatever it is that is resisting … Continue reading

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Children deserve cuts and bruises

When I asked classes of teenagers how many of them could ride a bike all of them raised a hand. When I asked how many of them had  learned to ride a bike without grazing their knees not a single … Continue reading

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Holocaust Denial

Doubts about the holocaust have never troubled me, not since a Jewish classmate told me in 1958 that each one of the families in his community had lost someone in the Nazi campaign to exterminate them. As a child I … Continue reading

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Good News from The Times

Good news from The Times – Sat July 21st 2018 How reassuring it was to find so much good news among the news in Saturday’s Times. Foster parents may now cuddle children – that’s official. Thanks goodness common sense seems to … Continue reading

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Irritating English – 1

“How are you?”  –  “I’m well,” we used to reply. Now we are more likely to be told, “I’m good.” When we were children we were sometimes good, when remembered to put away our toys or washed our hands before … Continue reading

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Other people’s children, other people’s schools

Yesterday The Sunday Times published a letter of mine. Perhaps they wanted to protect certain politicians from my anger so they left out the italicised sections. What do you think? Dear Sir, Rod Liddle was right yesterday; there are schools … Continue reading

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Respecting the NHS

  When we insure our  homes, or our cars, for example, we are expected to maintain and use locks when we are away from home and to make sure that our cars are properly maintained in a roadworthy condition. These … Continue reading

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