Teachers at a free school incapable of writing accurately

Today’s Times – Saturday August 1st – reports that proof readers have been hired by West London Free School to check reports before they are sent home. Toby Young, the school’s founder and Chief Executive is reported as saying: “Spelling … Continue reading

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Millions flee their countries but the UN takes on parents who smack their children.

Mountains of misery around the world, and particularly in the Middle East as millions of refugees flee persecution at home. Not only are healthy young adults leaving their homes to find a better life, but we regularly see the old and the … Continue reading

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Michael Gove – less than five years behind

Yesterday Justice Secretary Michael Gove announced that prisoners who make an effort to earn educational qualifications or learn useful skills will be released early. Perhaps he has been reading back-numbers of The Times. December 7th 2010. Dear Sir, In all the discussion and … Continue reading

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Bullying and manipulation – The EU referendum

In the past all three parties have failed to keep promises to hold a referendum on our membership of the EU; now, it would seem, the Tories are to allow one. Suddenly it is suggested that the votes of sixteen … Continue reading

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European Referendum – The question to be put

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that we should reject the EU in a first referendum in order better to negotiate changes that would benefit the whole Union makes a lot of sense. The present debate about our continuing membership of the EU … Continue reading

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How can voters support membership of the EU unless we can see the accounts?

In a recent letter to “The Observer,” Jeremy Hayes wrote: “I’m an accountant and I simply cannot support membership of an organisation whose accounts have not been signed off for 19 consecutive years. For many years I chaired the finance … Continue reading

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Ofsted – a tactical withdrawal?

“Ofsted is ditching 1,200 school and college inspectors after assessing them as not good enough to judge schools.” BBC Saturday, June 20th. So, many Ofsted inspectors are incapable of reporting on schools. a number are not even qualified as teachers and … Continue reading

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Eurosceptics are not anti-European

How dare anyone assume or pretend that opponents of the European Union, or those who would like its powers and influence brought under closer, more democratic control, are anti-European? Anti – is a powerful and very negative prefix which can … Continue reading

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How to set MPs’ salaries

Parliamentarians should not wriggle out of the responsibility for setting for themselves fair salaries, allowances and expenses. With some MPs wanting to accept the recommendations of IPSA, the independent body established to set their wages, and others determined not to accept them, the … Continue reading

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Would you like to review a film script?

Twelve years ago Randal Plunket was a student of mine in Switzerland where I taught him English. Now he is a film  producer – Dunsany Films –  and together we are working on a film script for dunno,  a novel … Continue reading

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