Posts Tagged ‘ Responsibility ’

“Shut Up”, He Explained…

November 12, 2014 6 Comments
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the county council should stop its “endless grumbling” over free school meals. Taking a leaf out of Obama’s book, there, Nick? ‘You won’, right? The Liberal Democrat leader visited Oxford to promote the policy yesterday, and ate breakfast with children from local primary schools and Raymond Blanc at the chef’s Brasserie Blanc restaurant in Walton Street. I’m assuming that’s not their usual venue?…

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The First Rule Of NHS Club Is….

March 24, 2014 1 Comment
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…yeah, you can probably guess, can’t you? The outgoing boss of the NHS in England has revealed he plans to spend the next stage of his career defending the health service from newspapers which “hate the NHS”. Newspapers don’t ‘hate’ or indeed ‘love’ anything, except whatever will sell copy. That’s why on the one hand nurses are ‘angels’ while on the other they are callous unfeeling automatons bent on starving…

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Officer Krupke Could Not Be Reached For Comment…

February 12, 2014 8 Comments
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Camila Batmanghelidjh again… *sighs* In pursuit of greater discipline, the education secretary, Michael Gove, this week advocated tougher sanctions: the picking up of litter and the writing of lines as punishment. … His concerns are legitimate. Pupil violence is manifesting itself in younger students, and in some schools teachers are struggling to maintain control. So you should be agreeing with him? Even though we are reluctant to admit it, punishment is…

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Yes. Yes, We Can…

February 4, 2014 4 Comments
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“When it comes to our children, we can never be too careful. It’s a hazardous road and can be very dangerous.” So rather than expect parents to be responsible for their children (if you can’t ‘hold their hands all the time’, try reins!), let’s slow down traffic. “As a paediatrician, I spend a lot of time in A&E. Injuries from people being hit by cars have tremendously devastating effects. “We…

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Like there’s no tomorrow

January 1, 2014 21 Comments
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Like there’s no tomorrow

I work for the underclass. I also work for a bunch of other people who are in the financial mire – temporarily or permanently – and from which I suspect no amount of health insurance and voluntary pension saving could ever have diverted them; pace my purist libertarian former comrades. Basically, a major part of my job is to help the unemployed or over-parented to understand and sometimes to do…

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Africa, Summed Up In An Anecdote…

December 26, 2013 5 Comments
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie relates a plane incident: The pilot came out of his cabin. A tall man with an easy air, the kind of pilot whose aura suggests competence. He told us it was a baby boy, and both mother and baby were fine. His American humour emerged. “Been flying a long time and this is a first for me!” Rhe passengers – who were almost all Nigerian – laughed…

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Well, I Can’t Believe That A Pedestrian Wearing Dark Clothes Tries To Run Across A Busy A-Road On A Dark Evening…

November 20, 2013 9 Comments
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A man, who did not want to be named, told The Press he was getting fuel at a Bilbrough Top garage when a woman came running over to him, saying she had hit something. He said he found a woman lying on a verge, and was unable to find a pulse. “It looks to me like she was crossing the road towards the garage and was wearing dark clothing,” he…

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The Phones Might Be Smart, But The Owners…

November 16, 2013 6 Comments
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…well, they aren’t: Surging numbers of people struggling to pay for ‘must-have’ smartphone deals, a debt advice charity has warned, after seeing the number of cries for help with phones generally more than treble over a five-year period. Aha! Modern British ‘poverty’ at its best… Joanna Elson, chief executive of the MAT, said: “Smartphones have in many ways revolutionised our lives, but we’ve certainly been made to pay for the…

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Inculcating The Next (Dependency) Generation…

October 5, 2013 8 Comments
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Daisy Buchanan is hard at it: …. people in their early 20s need to feel that they can be proud of their accomplishments if they’re ever going to lead their own lives. Those ‘accomplishments’ being…? Adult children do need support. And traditionally, that support came from the state. ‘The state’ doesn’t have its own money. So, traditionally, that support came from the pockets of taxpayers. Childless ones, too… The problem of young people…

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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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Some Common Sense At Last?

September 13, 2013 2 Comments
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Finally, a welcome u-turn: Dog owners will be safe from prosecution under revised dangerous dogs laws if their pet attacks someone trespassing in their home – even if the “intruder” is doing a good turn. Ministers say dogs cannot be expected to “ascertain the intentions” of those entering a property before reacting. Quite. But the actual boundary of the property is, it seems, flexible: In a response to MPs on…

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Xavier Toby Is In The Lead In The #FirstWorldProblems Stakes For 2013

September 5, 2013 5 Comments
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Frankly, he’s going to be hard to beat. His problem? Loyalty programs. Yes, that’s right. They’re just so taxing, you see… Filling out some form, and then receiving statements, getting told about “special” offers, along with keeping track of membership cards and points. Trying to remember to spend my points before they expire, which I never do. No wonder why I no longer bother. All those tasks eat into my…

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It’s Also Part Of ‘The Social Fabric’ That You Pay For Other People’s Labour, Yiannis…

August 22, 2013 3 Comments
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Yiannis Baboulias (Greek investigative journalist) on the awful impact of austerity policy: The inequalities that triggered the Arab spring – whose unravelling we are witnessing today in Egypt – are being repeated in austerity Europe. The social fabric, the welfare state that held it together, is being torn down. Is it really? Why do you say so? Last night, an 18-year-old died in the streets of Athens. Caught without a…

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On Second Thoughts, How About You Just Do What You’re Paid To Do?

August 14, 2013 5 Comments
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It’d be novel, wouldn’t it? Police have said extra security measures must be installed at the entrance to a proposed city-centre development in York, to keep street-drinkers out. When actually what they will do is keep everyone out. In its representation to council planners, North Yorkshire Police has raised concerns about the site’s communal garden area becoming “a focal point” for street-drinkers unless controlled access to the flats – involving…

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Gettin’ ‘Em Young…

July 2, 2013 3 Comments
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It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life. The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers. It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress. With the mattress…

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