Category Archives: Education

Department dogs look like their jobs

It is often observed that dogs resemble their owners which, if true, would make me a handsome black chap, friendly to everyone he meets, always thinking the best of everyone and eager to please, absolutely none of which is true … Continue reading

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Brown the waster tells us not to waste

Hypocrisy is New Labour’s prime characteristic, and Gordon “Heathcliff” Brown’s injunction to us all not to waste anything is a fine example of Labour – and specifically Brownite – hypocrisy We are, apparently, throwing away £1bn of food each year. … Continue reading

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Tom Stoppard’s message to Gordon Brown

I went to hear Sir Tom Stoppard speak this morning at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. I usually come away from such a session with my notes in my head, confident that I can do a reasonable précis from … Continue reading

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Alienation in my own land

The state of the nation was neatly summed up between trains at Reading station one day last week. For the second time that week I had bounded out of a west-bound train and dashed across to Platform 8 in time … Continue reading

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A Level results – Jim Knight Errant

“Tell me which candidate does not deserve the A-level they achieved today”. This was the reaction of Jim Knight, Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Learners when critics suggested that a combination of grade inflation … Continue reading

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Government misses all primary school targets

“Four out of ten pupils could not read, write and add up properly by the time they left primary school this summer, the Government said yesterday. Lord Adonis, the Schools Minister, hailed the test results as the best ever” The … Continue reading

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Alan Johnson hits at state teachers

There is less to this Alan Johnson bloke than meets the eye. Following his clumsy attack on Margaret Hodge by labelling her brave attempt to open up discussion on immigration as “an echo of BNP policy”, he has now launched … Continue reading

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