I can think of one, and only one, great benefit to a model in which all schools are academies versus some being under the control of local councils. Previously, if a school was struggling, it relied on the local council for help. If the local council also wasn’t very good (and some were not), it was stuck. Schools languished too long in that situation, and that’s one reason why the Labour party first brought in the academy model: to help such schools. … [Read more...] about This academies plan doesn’t address schools’ real problems
'Now I don't know what Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, will say later in terms of self-employed and the furlough scheme for them, but I think there is a general overarching message here that we've had a very generous furlough scheme in place to help people through these extraordinary times and to ensure that businesses' overheads could be covered.' … [Read more...] about Firms must pay 20 per cent of wages for furloughed staff from August, Rishi Sunak will say today as he starts to wind down massive bailout despite fears of a wave of redundancies
That speech was 53 years ago and America still isn’t listening. The uncomfortable truth is that, sometimes, violence is the only answer left. We like to pretend otherwise, which is why civil rights movements are often conveniently sanitized. The women’s suffrage movement, for example, is often celebrated as “non-violent”. It wasn’t: if went through a very militant phase. “If men use explosives and bombs for their own purpose they call it war,” the British suffragette Christabel Pankhurst wrote in 1913, “and the throwing of a bomb that destroys other people is then described as a glorious and heroic deed. Why should a woman not make use of the same weapons as men?” … [Read more...] about If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is?
Morgan told the NAS/UWT that it had no option but to back her. “There isn’t another government just around the corner,” she said. “Teaching unions have a choice – spend the next four years doing battle with us and doing down the profession they represent, or stepping up, seizing the opportunities offered by the white paper and helping us to shape the future of the education system.” … [Read more...] about Tory plan on academies faces cross-party opposition
Ginola not fat – Aston Villa, 2000 With his film-star looks and mercurial talent, David Ginola had been a favourite with supporters at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. It soon became clear that winning over his Aston Villa manager, John Gregory, might be a little tougher. Frustrated with his chairman's decision to sign the Frenchman, in December 2000 Gregory began to put it about that Ginola had a few weight problems, specifically that the winger was "carrying a bit of timber". A furious Ginola responded by tearing off his shirt when he scored against Manchester City a few days later to reveal the kind of torso that causes women to go weak at the knees. In a less predictable move, he also consulted Cherie Blair, the prime minister's wife and an expert in employment law, about the possibility of taking legal action against Gregory. "I couldn't believe what John Gregory said about me, it was terrible," Ginola later said. "Every day I trained as hard as possible and he was … [Read more...] about Gluttony – part two