Why is Labour so timid over education, especially free schools?

Cameron announces that, in addition to the 240 so-called free schools already operating in 2014-15, a re-elected Tory government will open a further 153.   Why is the Labour party so timid in responding to this?   The official riposte was: “Instead of focusing on the need for more primary school places, David Cameron’s government … Continue reading Why is Labour so timid over education, especially free schools?

Gove takes education back to the 1970s

Gove, the epitome of undisguised reaction, is driven by three aims for the UK education system: to privatise every bit of it he can via academies and free schools, to put English traditionalism at the heart of it (symbolised for example by sending every school a copy of the old encrusted King James’ Bible), and to … Continue reading Gove takes education back to the 1970s

Despite the encouraging statistics British education is in deep trouble

Official UK Government data show the proportion of UK pupils achieving level 4 or above at Key Stage 2 rising sharply between 1997 and 2010, and the proportion of examinees achieving at least 2 A-level or equivalent passes, plus those with 3 or more such passes, also rising markedly over the same period.   It looks … Continue reading Despite the encouraging statistics British education is in deep trouble

Corbyn forces the Tories to take him seriously

After all the slurs about unelectability, the Tories have very quickly changed their tune and acknowledged that they are now facing a very real threat that they’ve not encountered for the last 30 years.   At a meeting of the political cabinet last Tuesday they decided to focus on the idea that they offer a … Continue reading Corbyn forces the Tories to take him seriously

Brown has a nerve to lecture us on economic credibility or winning elections

It is hard to believe that Brown had the gall in his anti-Corbyn diatribe to declare that “the best way of realising our high ideals is to show that we have an alternative in government that is…neither a pale imitation of what the Tories offer nor is the route to being a party of permanent … Continue reading Brown has a nerve to lecture us on economic credibility or winning elections

Cameron-Osborne’s vendetta against the young could prove their downfall

Osborne really has got it in for young people – unless of course they are poised to inherit their grandparents’ £1 million home or will benefit from a higher inheritance tax threshold.   It will be young people who cop it from changes to universal credit that will deduct benefits faster as they earn more. … Continue reading Cameron-Osborne’s vendetta against the young could prove their downfall

Why Blairites are going hysterical

In 1994 Blair took over the Labour party and made it safe for British capitalism.   Which is why so many top companies and banks were content to contribute large sums to the party in order to hedge their bets – they gained whichever party won the elections.   Up till now they have dominated … Continue reading Why Blairites are going hysterical