Tag: Public services

Rent Seeking Par Excellence!

A learning disabilities commissioner should be appointed to protect the rights of vulnerable people in England, a report into the Winterbourne View scandal has recommended. Five years on from the Panorama programme detailing abuse at a private hospital near Bristol,…

The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations Again…

Canada’s government, grappling with a fatal attack in a remote aboriginal town, is very concerned about the “tragic and alarming” conditions in other indigenous communities, a top official has said. Would this be those ‘indigenous communities’ that seem to demand…

There’s No Pleasing Some People…

Friends of Marcus Garvey Library have raised concerns over the fact that it is going to be refurbished because this also means it is going to be made smaller. But the group were left angry after Haringey Council offered to…

Rentseeking In Schools Now?

A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren has found widespread misconceptions about the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England, as well as negative attitudes towards Muslims and those born overseas. And who organised this survey, and were parents consulted…

Note The Passive Voice…

A large area of Knaresborough was sealed off from 5pm until about 8.30pm last night. Children were kept in school and people were told to stay in their homes or businesses. North Yorkshire Police had been told there was an…

Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

Wahid Ibrahim could lose his licence to sell alcohol next week as a council review decides on his suitability to remain as the owner of B&W Stores in York Place, Brighton. What did he do, sell alcohol to a minor?…

This Is Not Justice…

A father has been jailed at a secret court hearing for sending a Facebook message to his grown-up son on his 21st birthday. And no, it wouldn’t even be justice if we were allowed to see it done in open…