Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Letters to Lara
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
week's Radio Times. How amusing. Apparently he was a revolting
individual in those days too.
Whenever a secretary of state for education goes, teachers heave a
sigh of relief and pray to St Jude, the patron saint of lost causes,
that the next one will be better.
We are still praying. Each one has new and wonderful "initiatives"
which are brought in without consulting teachers or parents and
usually against the advice of all education practitioners. Gove's
"Free School" fiasco is a case in point.
I am very pleased that Gove has apologised to his French teacher,
albeit thirty years late. I suppose that means that the rest of us
will just have to wait another thirty years. We won't all live that
In any case, as any teacher can tell you, an apology is meaningless without a change in behaviour.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The government response to the TUC march on 20th October was "we don't care what you plebs think, we won't change our brilliant policy." So no surprises there then. This means that Mark Serwotka and Bob Crow may well get their way and precipitate a general strike. See if the patricians will listen then :)
Commentators have noted that Miliband was booed when he tried to turn an anti-cuts rally into a pro-cuts rally. People are not keen on "nice Labour cuts" - or as one banner said "Labour = same cuts with a different knife".
The trade unions should stop throwing good money after bad Labour policies and fight for the policies they believe in:
* make the rich pay for the crisis they caused
* give the people the welfare state they deserve.
No more kowtowing to polticians. People should not fear their governments. Perhaps it is time governments started to fear the people.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
However, although Starbucks have been regularly telling their investors that the UK business is highly profitable, they have been telling the taxman a different story. Reuters has compared Starbucks' two versions of events thus: "To its investors, it sells an espresso - strong and vibrant. The UK taxman gets a watered-down Americano." Indeed they have been legitimately claiming that their business in the UK shows a loss while raking in massive profits.
Household names like Starbucks and most famously Vodafone have been using accounting trickery which would get them labelled scroungers if they were unemployed or disabled.
But have no fear. Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander boasted that he intended to recruit a hundred more Revenue men to crack down on tax evasion. What he did not boast about was the fact that 1500 Revenue men and women have been sacked since this government was elected. This is taking disingenuous mendacity to an Olympic standard.
Mid-Sussex Socialist Party
Thursday, October 04, 2012
How would Govey react if a local authority school were to insist that all governors support comprehensive education? I imagine he would turn fifty shades of blue and explode.
However, Academies are quite within their rights to sack governors who do not fulfil the person specification "fully supports academy status".
This came to light at St Bede's School in Cambridge where this clauise was used to remove a long-standing governor and trade unionist.
Curiously another person specification for governors was "to be able to think critically." So it seems that on planet Gove you can only think critically if you agree with the Academy program.