Having gone through it myself, married a teacher, watched my 5 children go through it and recruited lots of people I feel fairly well qualified to have a view about the UK education system. Grammar schools and secondary modern schools are not the answer. By definition any area that creams-off the brightest pupils into grammars, […]

The two are not the same and need to be differentiated. Britain has always been open to immigrants, especially refugees – the Huguenots, German Jews, Ugandan Asians, West Indians – all of whom have contributed to the UK, not just economically but with their cultures. As a consequence we live in one of the most […]

Some rifts can be healed – others can’t. We have two rifts that need to be addressed and it is beholden on all concerned to attempt conciliation if possible. The first rift is between the Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith factions and the second, which impacts all political parties, is between the Brexit and Remain […]

An article by @hwallop in “The Times” magazine today (13-Aug-2016) describes how he tried to make a living in the gig economy – mainly working for “Deliveroo”. Various gig companies held out attractive options; he was told that he could earn £15 per hour (he couldn’t) by a number of other gig or “sharing” economy […]

Or, a Grammar School? I went to both so I can therefore claim to have a fairly rare perspective on secondary education in the 1960’s. I failed my 11+ in 1964 and went to Romsey Road Secondary Modern School in Winchester (I know, Winchester even then was a nice place to live but it did have […]

Owen is espousing a set of policies that are almost as socialist as those promoted by Jeremy. The @LabourCoup PLP members are mostly to the right of the Labour party, I shall not call them Blairites, but their actions – their voting records – speak for themselves. Most of them voted to abstain on the […]

Owen Jones (a journalist – not to be confused with Owen Smith) wrote a thought provoking and honest piece – https://medium.com/@OwenJones84/questions-all-jeremy-corbyn-supporters-need-to-answer-b3e82ace7ed3#.6ppl62l9j that I have commented-on and responded to below. Dear Owen, As a preamble, I note that you are “of the milieu” one of the Westminster bubble and perhaps a perspective from someone who is […]