Points Mean Prizes!

Hundreds of schools have driven up the amount they will be paid under the Government’s “pupil premium” initiative – designed to “reward” them for taking poorer children – by encouraging parents to apply for free school meals (FSM) for their…

After-church reading

I was interested to see Mr Higham’s piece on writing a constitution as a task in a process to right the country. I don’t disagree, but having a constitution by itself is not enough. A constitution becomes unstuck if the…

They Really Do Think They Are Better Than Us

Anyone who has listened to the insane ranting of Paul Bartlett during his interview on TalkSport last Friday may well have found themselves concurrently amused and horrified by the incoherence, self-contradiction, logic failures and irrational foam-flecked hatred for those who…

Basic human nature

“For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction” it’s part of Newtons laws of motion, but it’s also an apt description of what happens when regulation forces up the price or makes something illegal in that the…

EU Referendum – let’s wait

Raedwald writes: Devil’s Kitchen and EU referendum are both spot-on about the poor sense in forcing a premature referendum on EU membership; we should work to resist this with all our collective might. Europe is amassing a press and PR…

How’s that belt tightening going for you, Sir Humphrey?

Bernard, dear boy, it’s simply dreadful. I’ve just found out that as Permanent Secretary for the Department of Administrative Affairs I’m to get a performance bonus of nearly £20,000. Twenty.. twenty thousand, Sir Humphrey? Yes! All the Permanent Secretaries –…

Physician, heal thyself

Yesterday (13th July) in the House of Commons there occurred an event for which all politicians should hang their heads in shame – and of which the Hansard report can be read here. It was an aberration of all that…