Posts Tagged ‘ State ’

Clegg’s Big School Meals Idea Meets Cold, Hard Reality…

May 28, 2014 11 Comments
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…no surprise which wins, is it? Come September, children at Mudeford infants school in Dorset are not going to be getting hot school dinners. They’ll be eating sandwiches. Not cake, then..? Somewhere along the troubled history of the coalition’s policy to give all infant children a free school meal, the requirement for food to be hot quietly disappeared, to the relief of some headteachers. Well, finally, someone saw sense. Not…

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And Do You Fail To See The Irony?

May 20, 2014 13 Comments
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And Do You Fail To See The Irony?

“The fact is Britain remains a hugely unequal country for black and ethnic minority people,” said Mr Khan, the son of an immigrant bus driver, at an event staged in Tower Hamlets by Operation Black Vote. *shakes head sadly* Mt Khan, of course, doesn’t want equality. He wants affirmative action: Launching a consultation on policy ideas for the 2015 Labour manifesto, Mr Khan outlined several firm policy plans, including: Police…

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Well, After All, It’s Only Taxpayer Money…

April 28, 2014 11 Comments
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Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh insisted it is the right thing to do. He firmly believes it is better to take the risk of facing litigation from a gun licence holder, than to leave a gun in the possession of someone who the force doesn’t think should have one anymore. Maybe if the cost of each failed seizure came out of his own budget, he’d be less trigger-happy? And meanwhile, in…

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Tough On Crime, Tough On The Causes Of Cr… Wait, This Is Actually A Crime?

April 26, 2014 3 Comments
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James Cranfield, 26, of Napier Avenue, Southend, denied seven charges accusing him of using photos of exotic animal specimens for commercial gain when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday. The pictures of three sea turtle skulls, a tiger head, a small and large mount of a leopard, an elephant foetus and five sawfish saws appeared on his Instagram account, a photographic social network, between May 1 and June…

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Sorry, Helena, But The Judges Have Spoken…

February 26, 2014 2 Comments
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Helena Kennedy (Labour peer) spouts off: Our riled security services’ transparent intimidation and interference with Miranda is shocking. But it’s also important that we use his case to shed light on the murky everyday reality of schedule 7. The power is consistently used to target minorities – you’re 42 times more likely to be stopped if you’re Asian than if you are white… All those poor Chinese/Thais/Vietnamese, eh, Helena? Yesterday’s…

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Expect The Ratchet To Tighten A Little More

September 29, 2013 24 Comments
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The high court rejected the application by the man, known only as R, that he should not have to give a sample to officers working for Operation Nutmeg, which targets those convicted of serious offences before the collection of DNA records became routine. That operation is aimed, primarily, at clearing up unsolved historic crimes. This is a blow to true freedom, and a warning to us all. Yes, forget for…

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Brimful Of Authoritarianism…

August 26, 2013 6 Comments
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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? Well, yes. Once. But his real ‘crime’ is selling alcohol to adults. The review is the first in Sussex to be brought by fellow retailers and residents who say they…

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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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Well, This Idea Sounds Nuts!

July 8, 2013 8 Comments
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Campaigners are calling for the topic to be included in the national curriculum… Oh, what now? Well, would you believe, mental health? … and for schools to provide counselling and support to any young person that needs it. Around one in five children has symptoms of depression, such as continually feeling low or sad, helpless or anxious, according to a survey for MindFull, a new mental health charity. Isn’t that…

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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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Our Tastes Aren’t Changing. Our Population, However, Is…

June 24, 2013 9 Comments
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Britain’s growing taste for exotic meats … Oh, excellent! I love exotic meats – reindeer, springbok & moose from Lidl at Christmas was delicious! … such as llama, cane rat (“succulent and sweet”), scaly anteater and monkey poses a serious health risk to consumers because many are illegally imported, can be riddled with disease and are not subject to food regulations, the country’s head of food safety inspections has warned.…

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Brighton Stinks! It’s Official!

June 22, 2013 7 Comments
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Brighton Stinks! It’s Official!

It may have been the hottest day of the year so far but Brighton beach did not look how you would expect it to on a sunny day in June. Temperatures in the city soared to 26C yesterday – but despite the sudden heat wave beach-goers kept their distance. What?!? Not go to the beach on maybe the only nice day we’ll have this year? Why on earth no… Oh.…

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“Yes, But What About….”

May 30, 2013 5 Comments
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David Whelan provides a stunning display of ‘whataboutery’ in CiF: The awful events in Oklahoma City have captured the world’s attention and concern. As I write this from the United Kingdom, 24 people have been killed and reports of 10 times that number have been injured. We see scenes of the two schools, Briarwood and Plaza Towers, as well as Moore Medical Centre, that were badly damaged. I don’t want…

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Another Tragedy, Another Demand For ‘Safeguards’…

May 26, 2013 6 Comments
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For Heddon Johnson and his wife Tor, stepdaughter of the Marquess of Queensberry, the image had a tragic resonance. The 60-year-old building conservationist turned on the television that Sunday evening and, he tells me: “It was appalling. Everything about the death of my son came back.” Well, yes. Only to be expected. And his son’s death was indeed tragic and awful. But expecting it to be the catalyst for yet more…

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One-Sided Concern…

May 12, 2013 12 Comments
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Katherine Stewart has reservations about Muslim teaching methods, and the damage they may be doing to vulnerable young minds: Much of fundamentalist home schooling is driven by deeply sexist and patriarchal ideology. The Koranic movement teaches that women need to submit to their husbands and have as many babies as they possibly can. The effects of these ideas on children are devastating, as a glance at HA’s blogs show. “The…

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