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James Stanfield
26 January 2010
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In the Guardian recently, Michael Arthur and Wendy Piatt, representing the Russell Group of the 20 leading British research-intensive universities, made the following plea: “Our politicians...
Philip Booth
25 January 2010
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The Conservatives’ plans for “free schools” are, arguably, their flagship policy. It is vital that there is no compromise when they are implemented. Schools are a good place to...
Kristian Niemietz
14 January 2010
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In my school days, the use of articles in front of nouns like “school”, “church”, “hospital” etc in the English language was among the issues that constantly...
Kristian Niemietz
7 December 2009
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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which some label the government’s “drug rationing body”, recently barred an expensive liver cancer drug from being...
Philip Booth
12 November 2009
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The government has just announced that nursing will become an all-graduate profession from 2013. I don’t want to go down the route of discussing whether degrees are appropriate for nurses, an...
James Stanfield
9 November 2009
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At a recent conference, Tesco’s chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy, described standards in many state schools as “woefully low”. He criticised the current system for being too...
Alison Wolf
4 November 2009
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In this new video, Professor Alison Wolf discusses the disastrous impact of Soviet-style central planning on the UK’s adult education sector. Professor Wolf is launching her study, An Adult...
Kristian Niemietz
20 October 2009
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We all know what would happen if the state nationalised all pubs, integrated them into a “National Pub Service”, and decided that beer should be free at the point of use. Even ignoring...
Helen Evans
18 September 2009
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The latest figures reveal that 430 people were killed in drink-drive accidents in Britain in 2008. This is a worrying statistic that brings home the risks faced by road users, but it pales into...
James Stanfield
28 August 2009
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The issue of tuition fees in higher education is again a hot topic and it is unlikely to be resolved in the near future. This is not because it is unimportant for universities. Instead, for...
John Blundell
26 August 2009
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If you had told me that an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message had been published in 2005; that its theme could not be more topical today as Americans...
Kristian Niemietz
19 August 2009
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A new word has recently entered the English language: Obamacare. It does not yet appear in any dictionary, probably because nobody yet knows its precise meaning. But judging from the proposals...
Philip Booth
14 August 2009
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In the row over Daniel Hannan’s comments on the NHS, David Cameron said: “Millions of people are grateful for the care they have received from the NHS – including my own family.” I suppose...
Helen Evans
28 July 2009
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Not a day goes by now without the UK press having story after story about necessary and impending public spending cuts to solve our problematic national debt. Although there is much speculation...
Peter King
22 July 2009
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I turned on the Today Programme yesterday morning and my heart sank: the main story was about how “too many” children from wealthy families were going into the professions and that the...
Len Shackleton
21 July 2009
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It was a disagreeable experience to hear Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission, attempting to justify the Commission’s stance on the “public benefit” test for...
Kristian Niemietz
9 July 2009
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We all know the tune. Private schools are a hotbed of elitism, pillars of a neo-feudal class system where people’s position in life is determined by birth and family name, not merit. Not so,...
James Stanfield
19 May 2009
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In September 2007, BPP Professional Education made history by becoming the first for-profit private company in the UK to be awarded degree-granting powers by the Privy Council. While this is clearly...
Kristian Niemietz
27 April 2009
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In the early 1990s, Nigel Lawson dubbed the NHS “the closest thing the English have to a religion”. Today, this religion has probably been replaced by a more disillusioned belief that...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2009
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It is not always necessary to contradict politicians; it is often better to wait until they contradict themselves. A case in point would seem to be Health Secretary Alan Johnson...