Overheard in Westminster
"Doctors going on strike could be the worst PR day imaginable for us. Leak something man: anything. Just make sure its controversial and misunderstood. What's that? Education reform? Damn you're good! That'll have every public sector unionist in uproar and we can deny it all next week."
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'Tougher' exams to replace GCSEs
Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to scrap GSCEs for England and return to O-level-style exams, the BBC understands.
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I’m delighted to see Mark Thomas new book “The People’s Manifesto” is now available from the publisher as a traditional paperback and an ebook. It’s as razor sharp as any of his previous books & TV shows, and stunningly diverse because each policy was suggested and voted on by the general public in shows all over the country last year. I was at the Newbury gig. It was very funny. Definitely a present to consider for all thinking carbon based life forms in your vicinity.
As a five year old in 1977, punks scared me. In the village where I grew up there were only two bits of graffiti that I can recall, one was the anarchy symbol, daubed large by the shoe shop, and the other was the word “sex pistols” enhancing the wall near the public toilets, just next door to the Baptist church. Continue reading Sipping Socialism (via Podcast)
In March, the US federal reserve made a 29 billion dollar investment bailing out the collapsing Bear-Stearns bank. Last month the behemoth mortgage lenders Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were underwritten to the tune of 200 billion dollars. Yesterday the seven hundred billion dollar bail-out bill on federal intervention in financial markets was rejected by the House of Representatives. Continue reading United States of Emergency
The Empire has backed the Jedi Council in its bid to be exempt from laws on adoption by families of fewer than three genders.
Jedi leaders from Coruscant to Endor say its teachings prevent its masters placing children with lifeform collectives that only comprise one or two genders and have threatened to close their adoption centres if bound by the Imperial Senate’s rules. Continue reading Jedi/Sith unite over adoption row
When re-reading the International Declaration of Human Rights the other day, I found myself mulling Article 1 repeatedly: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Shortly after, I found myself thinking the unthinkable. I found myself thinking Republican thoughts. Continue reading British President / Retire the Monarchy