Posts Tagged ‘ Self righteous pricks ’

And So, Our Unelected Judiciary Takes Us A Step Closer To Europe…

July 29, 2015 8 Comments
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After a decade-long legal fight with three animal welfare charities over her mother’s decision to cut her out of any inheritance, a poverty-stricken daughter has finally been awarded £164,000 by senior judges. The ruling by the court of appeal is further evidence that wills deemed to be unreasonable can be overturned or varied by the courts. Want to cut that wastrel son or daughter out of your will? Well, now…

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Well, Yes. And The Problem With This Is..?

June 29, 2015 14 Comments
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Large parts of England are about to become off-limits for tens of thousands of poorer families because of the planned cut in the annual benefit cap, David Cameron is being warned by housing experts. In the same way that Bentleys and yachts are ‘off limits’ to me, I suppose? Ministers argue that the policy – described as a “matter of fairness” by the Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Work and…

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Some People’s Syringe Of Life-Saving Drugs Is Always Half Empty…

June 11, 2015 2 Comments
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Ranjana Srivastava (medical oncologist and author based in Melbourne) pours cold water on the good news: What would the world’s largest cancer conference be without the declaration of a miracle? The latest from Chicago is about new blockbuster drugs that can manipulate the immune system to “con” cancer cells. This year the focus has been on melanoma, where a combination of two drugs has been shown to be highly effective…

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Well, There’s A Shocker!

May 22, 2015 9 Comments
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I mean, that it isn’t science or engineering students whinging about this, it’s the ‘B’ Ark Studies crowd: Nadia Ayed, 21, a psychology student at Cambridge who signed the petition, says the practice fosters a competitive attitude towards education. “Many individuals will find it distressing, and it can induce negative psychological effects, such as lower self-esteem, shame and anxiety, which hugely affect wellbeing.” Ayed says the system also encourages competitiveness,…

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Jack Marwood Skewers The ‘Guardian’ Holy Cow…

March 22, 2015 2 Comments
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As is well known in the world of educational research, the variation in outcomes within any school is much, much larger than the variation between schools. In the same school, with the same teachers, some children learn a lot and others not so much, because while teachers teach, children are ultimately responsible for what they learn. There is lots of evidence that the vast majority of any child’s learning is…

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When Imojis Go Bad….

March 20, 2015 3 Comments
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“When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat’, they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. “That is not ok.” Bad Facebook users! BAD! She explains that she set up the petition after noticing a friend had set her Facebook status to ‘feeling fat.’ “I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made…

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Coming Soon To Streets Near You..!

February 1, 2015 4 Comments
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Police officers who can’t run fast enough to catch a cold, but are wonderfully diverse! Unfit police officers could be allowed to take a graded stroll on a treadmill instead of a gruelling bleep test under news plans being considered. And if they can’t pass that, what’ll be the new option? Just standing still for a few minutes? Breathing? Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price, leader of the national fitness working…

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Lack Of Favourable Treatment Is Not ‘Discrimination’…

January 26, 2015 3 Comments
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…not if English words are to have any meaning, that is: A disabled man with the mental age of seven has been barred from his regular visits to Legoland with his carer because of ‘child protection’ fears. Simon Thomason, 40, who has cerebral palsy, autism and a mental age of seven, has been told his annual pass to the Manchester-based attraction will not be renewed. Boo! Hiss! Call up the…

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I Know There’s No Crying In Baseball…

December 10, 2014 3 Comments
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…but I didn’t think there was no political expression in football: The SNP politician was asked to respond to an incident at Tynecastle stadium before Sunday’s Hearts vs Celtic match. It was put to Mr Mason that a fan wearing a t-shirt with “Free Palestine” across it was questioned by police. He said: “I think that guy probably knew he shouldn’t be wearing that inside a football stadium. “We should…

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Hey, Michelle, What Do You Think Of Hashtag Campaigns Now..?

December 2, 2014 4 Comments
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Hungry schoolchildren in the US are blaming the First Lady for their stomach-churning canteen lunches by hashtagging them under #thanksMichelleObama. Students have posted their photos of mystery slop and scant portions after Mrs Obama spearheaded the United State Department of Agriculture’s “Let’s Move!” initiative to crackdown on obesity by reducing fat, simple sugars and salt in school food. Oh dear, that went about as well as….well, as well as your…

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All About ‘Rights’, Nothing About ‘Responsibilities’…

November 7, 2014 5 Comments
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Anti-racist campaigners hope to put stop-and-search “on trial” with a fundraising drive backed by poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Well, I can’t see how this could fail to generate a tsunami-like outpouring of cold hard cash… Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is crowdfunding online to enable monitoring of the way police use the power to search people in the street without a warrant. They are taking donations throughout October and hope to use…

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Yeah, We’ll Believe The Majority Of Muslims Are ‘Not Extremists’…

November 3, 2014 11 Comments
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…when they start acting like it: A school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal has proven to be one of most sought after secondaries in the Midlands, the Birmingham Mail can exclusively reveal. Park View School the Academy in Alum Rock was flooded with 884 applications – despite only being able to offer 120 places to pupils this academic year. The over-subscribed school was so popular with parents…

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Oh Captain, My Captain!

October 8, 2014 15 Comments
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As a captain in the so-called politically correct police, I’ve learned that there are arrogant types who use offensive language to assert some kind of superiority. And there are well-meaning types who just get it wrong. Hugh Muir, of course, would always count himself amongst the latter number… On Sunday, preparing for What the Papers Say on Radio 4, I wrote a script which said protesters in Hong Kong were…

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Spit Out That Quinoa Muffin, Hipster!

October 2, 2014 8 Comments
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Sunili Govinnage has some bad news for the foodies: If you haven’t seen any listicles setting out the hundreds of ways coconut oil can improve your life yet, you probably need to check your internet connection. The substance that South Asians, Southeast Asians and Islander people have been using for cooking, health and cosmetic purposes since way before Christopher Columbus went the wrong way to visit them has well and…

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Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

September 14, 2014 7 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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