Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

Climbing Aboard The Media Tiger (Pt I)

A teacher at the Ashcombe School has been criticised for comparing a deprived region of Romania to a Dorking housing estate. Oh..? Pupils were watching a video about the school’s charity work, which includes sending Christmas shoeboxes full of gifts…

Telling Passages…

The ‘Guardian’ has a big article on the work of the YOI; it’s pretty much as you’d expect, and quite a long article, but several bits stand out. First, there’s the assumption that these youths are – and are entitled…

Enjoy The Environment, Damn It! Or Else!

One in seven children in London has not visited a green space in the last year, a shocking new report claims. Oh noes! Disaster! The Sowing The Seeds report, commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission, which advises the Mayor…

It’s The Fourth Emergency Service!

Tube engineers will be rushed across London by police cars with their sirens blaring in a bid to keep trains moving… Whoa, steady on! I mean, yes, Tube breakdowns are annoying, but really, should we go this far? Well, we…

Do You Really Meet A Better Class Of Crook In The Nick?

Well, Lord Hanningfield certainly thinks so: After being convicted of fraud, the former leader of Essex County Council spent two weeks in a regular prisonbefore being transferred to a minimum security institution.”It wasn’t very nice in ordinary prison but it…

What’s Wrong With Healthy Competition?

A headteacher in Thamesmead has been accused of trying to poach pupils… Yikes! … from nearby schools. Whew! A team of advertising professionals has been deployed by Willow Bank Primary School, in Yarnton Way, to recruit pupils. Excellent, a school…

What’s ‘Progressive’ About This?

Bristol should implement a “progressive squeeze on cars” to solve its transport problems, campaigners have been told. It’s apparently ‘progressive’ now to force people out of their own personal transport and onto public transport, or non-powered bikes, is it? The…

The Free Ride Is Officially Over!

Parents today told of their fears for affordable childcare if plans to close two council-run nurseries go ahead. Oh, dear. What a shame. No more subsidies. Parents at Treetops Children’s Centre in Willesden said they were given eight weeks to…

Hey! Leave My Reserve Of Protected Species Alone!

Matthew Pennycook (Labour councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich and a trustee of the Fair Pay Network) on the government’s awfully ‘unfair’ ideas about social housing: If the coalition government, ostensibly wedded to the creation of “sustainable, inclusive, mixed…