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Opportunity is always knocking

In a parallel universe there’s a Scotland which is reaching for the aspirin, complaining about its collective sore heid as it gets over the national hangover from the first independence day p…

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Why are parents in England not doing more to stand up for their children?

Soon all parents in England – those of us who can’t afford schools like Eton anyway – will be forced to send our children to one of the academy schools run by Cameron’s fat …

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Why are parents in England not doing more to stand up for their children?

Pride's Purge

Soon all parents in England – those of us who can’t afford schools like Eton anyway – will be forced to send our children to one of the academy schools run by Cameron’s fat cat mates.

Cameron has, by the way, very nicely allowed his mates in charge of academies to employ any unqualified Tom, Dick or Harry to look after our children. They’re cheaper you see.

And our PM has also scrapped any official lines of complaint should parents be concerned, worried or even outraged by the treatment of their children at an academy school:

This is what happens when you try to hold an academy school to account… good luck parents

Which means Cameron’s mates can more or less do what they like with our kids and there’s nothing any parent can do about it.

I have only one question about all of this.

WHY ARE PARENTS IN ENGLAND NOT DOING MORE…

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Hypothetically – What next?

A guest post by Samuel Miller Safe to say that, at the moment, polling for the outcome of the Holyrood elections on May 5th indicates that in all likelihood an SNP government will see a third conse…

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Hypothetically – What next?

Wee Ginger Dug

A guest post by Samuel Miller

Safe to say that, at the moment, polling for the outcome of the Holyrood elections on May 5th indicates that in all likelihood an SNP government will see a third consecutive term in office and with what appears may be an enlarged majority. Now, since every other bod likes to speculate on hypothetical stuff that hasn’t happened yet, I thought we might take a stab at it for a change.

Anyroads, back to the thought of a majority SNP governement and the next term. I hear some folks say ‘so what?’ and I can understand their frustration. What good is having 56 pro indy MPs in Westminster and possibly 70+ MSPs in Holyrood if we don’t have independence now? What use are they if they can’t even slap down an overly hostile media now and again, set up their own broadcasting legislation and yank…

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Tories propose end of retirement, scrapping pensions and volunteers to replace NHS doctors

Pride's Purge

If you want to know what’s in store for us in the next wave of Tory ‘reforms’, it’s always handy to take a close look at the Conservative Party’s main activist magazine Conservative Home.

Troublingly, two articles written recently by Conservative Home’s influential assistant editor Henry Hill, have proposed getting rid of retirement:

“The entire concept of ‘a retirement’ is, after all, an artefact of the welfare system.”

scrapping pensions:

“As medical advances help us stay active longer, the expectation in the future must surely be that whilst you can work, you work – unless you can save enough to pay for a period of idleness yourself.”

and replacing GPs and other doctors with untrained volunteers:

“85 per cent of a typical doctor’s work can be done perfectly well by a ‘physician’s assistant’ with a fraction of the training or wages. Volunteers would receive pay, training, and legal rights to take…

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Timing is everything

A guest post by Samuel Miller So what’s with all the negative waves man? OK, we’ve gone over the well worn establishment strategy of ‘Don’t look over here’, in a post …

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