Posts Tagged ‘ social cohesion ’

Those Pressing ‘Guardian’ Concerns…

July 11, 2015 14 Comments
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London is not alone in lacking gender parity in cycling. Sustainable transport consultant Alix Stredwick quotes 2008 research by the Department for Transport showing that UK-wide, women make 27% of cycle journeys, just ahead of the US at 25%, but below Canada at 30% – and in a different league entirely to Germany at 49%, and Denmark and the Netherlands, where women cyclists outnumber men at around 55%. And this…

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“It is not about condoning the activity…”

June 23, 2015 2 Comments
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Well, maybe it should be, Ethel: Ethel Quayle, project leader and senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh, said the group’s findings have been turned into practical advice. “It is not about condoning the activity, rather it is about providing more practical advice about being able to talk about this and manage issues when they come along,” she said. “It is interesting that the majority of young…

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Two Tier Justice System Founders On Rocks Of Public Sector Incompetence…

May 26, 2015 4 Comments
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Victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by police, prosecutors and the probation service, according to a report by inspectors. Despite earlier recommendations on improving the way criminal justice agencies help those targeted and attempts to drive up the reporting of incidents, it found that insufficient progress has been made. And no, it’s not because there’s resistance to a two-tier system of justice, you won’t be surprised to hear……

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Why Do Progressives Hate Real Progress..?

May 12, 2015 6 Comments
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When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky. Indeed so. And now it’s a fantastic success and everyone is happ… Oh. I forgot. Of course, they aren’t: In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from its own…

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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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Airbrushing The Past…

March 14, 2015 5 Comments
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…because of hurt feelings: When the government called on them to leave their homes and fight overseas in two world wars, the men of Greenwood answered – black and white alike. And when they fell in battle they were remembered on two separate lists, divided on racial lines. Now, 70 years on, that segregated memorial is at the centre of a controversy that has again divided the South Carolina town.…

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Far Too Expensive, Doesn’t Even Work, And Causes Additional New Problems?

March 4, 2015 10 Comments
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Must be a LibDem policy! Even within the Liberal Democrats, not everyone is convinced. The MP for North Devon, Nick Harvey, certainly doesn’t think it’s the right way to spend £1bn and believes his party leader has wasted such a large sum by failing to target the children most in need. Free school meals, Harvey maintains, have always traditionally been a social policy, with elements of health benefits attached. “The…

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Gawd, I Knew It’d All Be Someone Else’s Fault…

February 26, 2015 21 Comments
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Humaira Patel on the Muslim schoolgirls: The question we find ourselves asking is short, but important: why? Why are they thought to be going to join a terrorist group in Syria when life is so much better in the UK? Well, that’s not the question I’m asking – I’m asking ‘How big a plane would I need to charter so they can take other like-minded idiots with them?’ They were…

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White People! Just Give Up, You Can’t Win…

February 3, 2015 19 Comments
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People love to tell me that they often forget that I’m black. They say this with a sort of “a-ha!” look on their faces, as if their dawning ability to see my blackness was a gift to us both. When I point out that their eyesight had never left them, that my skin has never changed colors, and that they probably did not really forget that I am black, they…

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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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The Guardian Only Cares About Some Progress…

January 24, 2015 3 Comments
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Aditya Chakrabortty on the ‘unfairness’ of progress: What is powerlessness? Try this for a definition: you stand to lose the home where you’ve lived for more than 20 years and raised two boys. And all your neighbours stand to lose theirs. None of you have any say in the matter. Play whatever card you like – loud protest, sound reason, an artillery of facts – you can’t change what will…

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21st century conflict: Andre Malraux’s prediction from 1956

January 22, 2015 12 Comments
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The French newsweekly Marianne has featured excellent analyses of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket attacks. Some of them are in abridged form on the magazine’s new website. One of their journalists, Eric Conan, looked at the development of radical Islam (16-22 January 2015 issue, p. 16): After a century of colonial domination, with no leadership since the end of the last caliphate in 1924, the Islamic world was once…

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No, There’s Something Else That Makes This ‘Particularly Reprehensible’…

January 16, 2015 7 Comments
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Chief Inspector Martin Brennan, from West Midlands Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said the cars and greed gave the men away. He said: ‘This was a highly-organised and well-orchestrated criminal network but what makes it particularly reprehensible is that fact a serving police officer was at the centre of it all.’ …and that’s the fact that this man was in the police force at all. And we can all…

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Clear As Mud..?

January 12, 2015 13 Comments
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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said head teachers faced with equal candidates for a teaching post should consider “positive discrimination”. The head of the education watchdog told LBC Radio that the teaching staff of schools should reflect the ethnic diversity of their pupils. “There needs to be a fair representation,” said Sir Michael. I’m not at all sure what’s ‘fair’ about selecting someone simply because they are a particular…

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