Archive for May, 2007

Grammar Schools: the Sequel

May 30, 2007

Y’know, I’m no great Daily Mail enthusiast but I think this columnist is right on the money. That’s an old, old policy to which he is referring. The Tories were in power for eighteen years and, while they made all the right noises, they did very little at parliamentary level to actively support Grammar (note the spelling) schools. And before other forumites protest that they were stymied at every turn by Labour-controlled local authorities, you may care to remember that this was also the case with the Right to Buy policy (council housing) and the reforms of the NHS. Labour local authorities opposed them on ideological grounds at every turn yet the Tories managed to steamroller their policies through. One might ask why they failed to do this with Grammar schools.

Maybe it’s because Grammar schools weren’t so high on their list of priorities, after all.

In Response to the Tories’ U-turn on Grammar Schools

May 24, 2007

This seems to have caused something of a furore.

I’ll wager that the average grammar school was more intellectually and socially diverse than my Catholic school which had an unfortunate habit of selection via the backdoor. (With lots of emotional consequences for the pupils of that school even if they did go on to excel in higher education. Catholic Guilt, anyone?)

BTW: Many left-leaning middle class parents of school aged children wriggle out of the dilemma they have created for themselves by reverting to their childhood religion, feigning commitment and sending their children to some Catholic school miles away from their homes which just happens to be highly-placed in the league tables. But they’ll stop at nothing a get their children a ‘decent’ education, whatever the cost, in the long term, to that child’s emotional well-being, while preserving (ostensibly, at least) their political integrity.

They have their cake and devour it with relish.


May 15, 2007

Frail, my skin
Pink strips of fabric
Protecting, sheltering
Whatever lies within
Loose stitching
Holds me together
I was carelessly
They breathe life into me
Life and light
I glow in the candlelight
Uncannily bright
I am flawed
But I am adored
I will die by the sword

Something Rotten In the State of…

May 7, 2007

Digital Spy.

Just for the record:

Earlier today I was banned from your forum for not showing sufficient respect to another forum member. This forum member initiated an exchange in which he made rude and insulting remarks about my intellectual attainments. When I responded in kind I was banned from the forum. I would like to know whether the poster who initiated this exchange has also been banned for not showing sufficient respect to me. And if not, why not? I note that this forum member has an extremely high post count. Are members with higher post counts entitled to a greater degree of respect than those of us with more modest post counts and, if so, perhaps you could direct me to the section of the forum in which this is explicitly stated?

Thank you in advance for any action you may take to resolve this matter.

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