Leaked – Cameron – Farewell EU

Dear Friends, You will, no doubt, have heard the result of our referendum. So, with feelings that are mixed, and tinged with sadness, I have to tell you now that the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union. There … Continue reading

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TOP TO BOTTOM – English literacy standards plummet in less than two generations

Did you see the OECD report on literacy and numeracy in The Times on Friday, January 29th and its Thunderer column on Tuesday, February 2nd? Current British pensioners are tops with their maths and literacy compared with pensioners in 22 … Continue reading

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So why do we protect drivers?

Yesterday The Times reported findings at Bath University that showed that cyclists took greater risks when wearing crash helmets. Now there’s a surprise. How about an investigation to see whether surrounding motorists with seat belts, side impact bars, airbags, crumple … Continue reading

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Schools – pressure becomes bullying

When does pressure become bullying? Parents need to be aware of pressures on schools Yesterday, I called to see a friend whom I had been trying to contact since the start of the Christmas holidays. She was all apologies; her … Continue reading

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A secular society?

The place of Christianity, and of the established church in particular, in the public life of the nation is being questioned on the grounds that we are becoming a secular society. It seems to me a strange secularism where, every year, a large … Continue reading

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“Stop everything – It’s Black Friday” – one advertiser’s e-mail message.

I know that advertising pays for my e-mail service but I don’t need an instruction masquerading as a friendly message. I am not a sheep that will simply follow the flock into the lorry that is bound for the slaughterhouse, … Continue reading

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Offended by The Lord’s Prayer?

Why shouldn’t Christians, who recall Christ’s expulsion of the moneylenders from the Temple, find themselves offended by the use of the celebration of Christ’s birth to promote an orgy of self-indulgence which coincides with the time of year when families are … Continue reading

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Jihadi Babies

We hear of girls and women going off to be jihadi brides. Do we hear anything of jihadi babies? How many are there? Where are they registered? Whose responsibility are they? Can their mothers provide for them if their fathers … Continue reading

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Ofsted chief calls for professional school governors

This week the chief Ofsted inspector has called for the governors of schools to become professional, and trained, with salaries for chairmen and vice-chairmen to encourage the best talent available. This is the last thing that schools need. For one … Continue reading

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Constrained adolescents grab wildly at adulthood

  We need to provide them with adult roles earlier in life I wonder whether teenagers who, for example, hack into company computers or join movements such as Isis do so because to be labelled a hacker, or jihadist, or … Continue reading

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