Posts Tagged ‘ impact of Progressivism ’

Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

September 14, 2014 4 Comments
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Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale: Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants. Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude…

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You Can Have Freedom, But Only The Freedom To Be More Like Us…

August 19, 2014 2 Comments
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Many African countries are politically freer, more prosperous and with better educated populations than at the height of the notorious “big man” regimes: one-party states and military rulers that followed not long after independence. Great news! Right? Well, not entirely: But some leaders who were once seen as enlightened and enthusiastically embraced by the west as the “new breed”, and countries that claim to have embraced more democratic systems, are…

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Gun Control Isn’t Working? The Answer Must Be More Gun Control!

August 1, 2014 4 Comments
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Residents of Chicago were agonising again on Monday on what ails their city after another weekend of chaotic gun violence… Well, I think the answer’s Democrats. And, to a certain extent, Chicagoans. Mr Emanuel has been battling the state legislature of Illinois to pass stricter gun-control laws. While the city itself has taken steps to restrict gun sales, police say that firearms flow almost unimpeded from dealers in southern Illinois…

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Political Activism, Stupidity Or Just Bloody-Mindedness..?

May 24, 2014 1 Comment
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When a headteacher is involved it’s kind of hard to tell, isn’t it? Amanda Buck, who heads up Scott’s Park Primary School near Sundridge Park, stopped visitors from parking at the designated polling station this morning. Chairman of Bickley Conservatives, Kevin Taylor, said he went down to the school after receiving several complaints from locals. He thinks it was a deliberate attempt to deter voters and believes it may have…

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Capital Idea! Can They Sign A Pledge Against Rape, Murder And Benefit Fraud Too..?

May 12, 2014 5 Comments
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Campaigners called for immigrants to be required to sign a declaration promising not to subject their daughters to genital mutilation before being allowed into Britain. /facepalm Professor Hazel Barrett of Coventry University warned against relying solely on a declaration, because it could become a “well intentioned piece of paper”. She warned it might encourage families to have girls cut before coming to the EU. It could also confuse matters for…

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One in a million

May 11, 2014 8 Comments
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Language and mores change over the years and what was acceptable in the past is no longer acceptable now. That’s not to say that the likes of the current round of sex cases from forty years ago being dredged up by the police are innocent, but, at the time it was an accepted attitude for the ‘glitterati’ to behave with their adoring fans. Being basically mobbed by fans and taking…

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“Little Boxes, Little Boxes…”

January 25, 2014 7 Comments
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Owen Hatherley frets over housing space: How much space should we be expected to live in? Some institutions – the Homes and Communities Agency, the Greater London authority – have talked about resurrecting minimum space standards, which, like rent control, is entirely normal in the rest of Europe. … What has been lost in all of this is the idea that space is a right, a good in and of…

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Cat. Bag. Absolutely No Chance Of Any Reassembly Now!

December 18, 2013 7 Comments
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It has been a long-term rumour overcrowded London councils were moving people on their housing lists into cheaper accommodation in Essex, but Newham’s response is the FIRST admission it has been going on. Oh, indeed! But did anyone ever really believe their protestations that this wasn’t going on anyway? I mean, consider the source… It insisted Thurrock Council was notified in writing of each placement. But furious Thurrock bosses said…

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Council Cutbacks, Kagoul-Wearers Hardest Hit!

December 2, 2013 8 Comments
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England may be a green and pleasant land, but getting around it on foot is proving harder than ever as council cuts leave footpaths blocked, run-down and overgrown, according to a report. A report by The Ramblers, no less (it seems they’ve dropped the ‘Association’ from their title as part of a rebranding exercise). The organisation used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that more than 30 per cent…

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We Have A New Phobia, Folks!

November 22, 2013 10 Comments
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Jake Bowers, the ‘Guardian’s Romany correspondent, on the expected Roma influx: As January 2014 approaches and the anti-immigration lobby warns of the arrival of millions from Romania and Bulgaria, it’s essential that progressive politicians – and I’m assuming Blunkett considers himself one – understand why 200,000 Roma migrants have already fled poverty, persecution and discrimination to live in the relative comfort of British cities. Whoops! Guess no-one told Nick Clegg.…

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“They’re of no further use, Lew…”

November 10, 2013 5 Comments
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Antony Loewenstein becomes yet another ‘do Australia down’ columnist for the ‘Guardian’: This silence, which stretches across the country only to reach the highest levels of the political and media elites, is arguably Australia’s greatest outrage, and a stain on our projected global image as an egalitarian state with justice for all. This ‘silence’ being, it would seem, the silence of white Australia to the awful news that the prison…

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Uniform Blues…

September 15, 2013 17 Comments
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Another school term, another fuss over uniform requirements and another case where you wonder who is the adult, and who the child: Holly-Mae Donaldson, 13, was told to go back to her Hester’s Way home on the first day of term because her skirt conflicted with the academy’s uniform code. Diane Donaldson, from Lee Close, called the decision to ban her daughter from classes “appalling”, and said she was disgusted…

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Well, Perhaps You Shouldn’t Have Believed The Hype?

September 3, 2013 13 Comments
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Ian Birrell has had his (unrealistic) hopes dashed: Tomorrow marks one year since the Paralympics, that glorious festival of sport, began. It ended with highfalutin speeches and proclamations of a seismic change in attitudes. We were told people would never see disability in the same way after witnessing the dazzling exploits of David Weir. And you believed that? Really? Good lord! The sad reality is little has changed. Yes, there…

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“No. I cannot expect you to believe it. Take it as a lie–or a prophecy. Say I dreamed it in the workshop.”

August 6, 2013 8 Comments
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It seems H G Wells was right. Over in France, the Eloi are starting to realise the Morlocks are among them: In recent years, with the EU’s relaxation of travel restrictions across mainland Europe, hundreds of thousands of Roma gipsies, mostly from Romania and Bulgaria, have travelled west in search of a better life. As many as half a million are estimated to be living in France, according to the…

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Well, Mick Jagger Did Try To Warn You…

August 4, 2013 10 Comments
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Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings. He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”. Slippery slope..? Nah. That couldn’t have been predicted, right? H/T: TabithaBrowne via Twitter

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