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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Parents’ support – free schools

It was pleasing to read in last week’s Times, Toby Yong’s robust defence of free schools, one of which I visited as it was getting itself established. Young plays down the matter of innovation and parent leadership, but points to … Continue reading

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English – not a school subject

  English is treated like a school subject but could as easily be called something like Communication. English, or our mother tongue, or whatever language we use allows us to: Narrate stories, things imagined Inform other people, as a witness … Continue reading

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Face a dangerous dog or an armed teenager?

Last week two tearful mothers sat in the dock at Leeds Crown Court with their  sons as these two teenage boys were found guilty of plotting to kill fellow pupils and teachers. Nowhere in Times report is there any reference to … Continue reading

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Competition on the railways

So the EU requirement that infrastructure and trains be separately owned was key. With three of more bodies sharing responsibility for rail services there is plenty of room for blame shifting. In the early days of privatisation a passenger train … Continue reading

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Biology, expectations of parents and gay rights

In last Wednesday’s Times Alice Thomson assumed that those who are critical of gays and lesbians who bring children into the world are homophobic. This was the day before the Scottish Tory leader announced that she had engaged a surrogate … Continue reading

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EU – Hard borders and simple answers

I wonder if Libby Purves, writing in today’s Times, realises the irony of her seemingly disparaging remark about the Swiss. In a reference to the inefficiencies of our “stumglebum government,” she comments, “Doesn’t it make you wish that you were … Continue reading

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Why waste my time, Yahoo?

Thank you for your email concerning information about your terms of service and privacy policy. When I click on “here” below I find no information but pages of self-congratulatory advertising and a greeting of sorts. Why do you not put … Continue reading

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Free English Tuition on Mersea Island, UK

Free English Tuition on Mersea Island, UK I want some help to test an English text book that I have written. To do this I am offering four one-hour lessons, free, before the summer examination season begins, to young people … Continue reading

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