What The White Paper On Education Actually Says

You can download the White Paper here, and I’ve added references according to the Paper’s own numbering system. Make students more like commodities The first main point is the creation of 85,000 new student places which behave differently from all others (0.8). Representing around 1 in 20 students in the 2012 intake, these students would […]

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Strike Bingo!

It’s hip, it’s fun, it’s the new craze everyone’s talking about, it’s…Strike Bingo! Easy to play whenever strikes are discussed in the news! All you need is a keen eye for politics and current affairs and a national media with an overt bias against organised labour – it couldn’t be easier! So sharpen your pencils, […]

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The right to cross-examine must be defended – even when it is painful for victims

All too often, justice itself can be the indirect victim of a ghastly crime. Court cases which shock the public and establishment can sometimes lead to demands for bad laws. The murders of Holly and Jessica started a process which culminated in the draconian Vetting and Barring Scheme. And after the recent conviction of Levi […]

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Coalition’s localism agenda to mean far fewer homes: who’d of thunk it?

The government’s Localism agenda will lead to far fewer homes being built over the coming years a new study has revealed. Regional Spatial Strategies – designed by the last government to ensure that enough new homes are built are to be scrapped, and councils will be be able to set their own targets. The study, […]

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Bono Pay Your Taxes

For the first time in a decade, I find myself sitting in an office writing about tax rather than camped in a muddy field in Somerset getting inebriated on strawberry cider. Am I bitter I’m not at Glastonbury? Well, yes. I can’t say I’m too sad to be missing tonight’s headliners U2, however. But while […]

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Class(room) War: Why teachers are going on strike

This is a guest post written for The Third Estate by teacher, writer and activist David Rosenberg. What is the job of a teacher? The pressure from government backed by the media in recent years has been to make sure that teachers not only drum endless literacy and maths lessons into their classroom charges but […]

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Four Things You Can Do To Support The Strikes

On June 30th, around 1,000,000 people in the UK will go on strike. This means that most people will also know someone who is going on strike – teachers, civil servants, lecturers, council workers, etc. However, it also means that 64,000,000 people won’t be going on strike, but many will want to support it somehow. […]

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Thresholds on strike ballots might be popular, but that doesn’t make them right

In recent weeks, as public sector strikes over pension reforms loom large, there’s been a growing call for tougher strike laws – specifically, for some kind of minimum threshold in strike ballots for them to be valid. The Telegraph were talking approvingly about it last week, but it’s been kicking around for some time – […]

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RIP Brian Haw

The government couldn’t move him. In the end only cancer could. A symbol of peace and freedom, an icon of the anti-war movement and a picture of stalwart self-sacrifice for the cause of right. Regardless of what anyone on the left thought of his tactics, I don’t think anyone could argue that he gave anything […]

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Bilderberg People – power in the transnational elite

This guest post was written for the Third Estate by Professors Ian Richardson, Andrew Kakabadse and Nada Kakabadse, whose book Bilderberg People has just been published. Last weekend the transnational elite network known as Bilderberg met in Switzerland to discuss global policy issues and markets. The group meets each year in different locations and is […]

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