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A revealing statement – unfit for purpose?


This comment made by the Minister of State at the Department for Education, Nick Gibb reveals why Gibb and his boss, Nicky Morgan are determined to force all Schools to become academies. The comment was made over the weekend, the two abbreviations are LA … Continue reading

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Why the Panama papers are so toxic


Assuming that the papers ultimately show that the men and women who have used Panama as a tax haven have done nothing illegal, the question is surely why have so many people who set the tax rules for residents of the … Continue reading

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We need a mature debate


Having watched Prime Ministers Questions on various occasions it is clear that when they are together in their Westminster debating chamber, our MPs believe that essentially anything goes and one wonders if some of them behave in a manner that … Continue reading

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An obese Parliament that refuses to slim


The need for Parliament to move out of the Palace of Westminster in order for major renovations to take place, estimated at some £7Bn is not news, although over the last decade there have been various discussions regarding the idea that … Continue reading

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A Parliamentary Covenant


Despite the best estimates of the Auctioneers at Christies, the red despatch box which was made up for Margaret Thatcher at tax payer expense when she became a Minister, was sold yesterday by her estate for £240,000, well in excess of … Continue reading

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A challenge to our understanding of Government


On Wednesday night in the House of Commons, the overwhelming vote to extend military operations into Syria created a number of questions regarding the way in which our democracy operates. All MPs are elected as representatives of their constituents, not as … Continue reading

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A busy day


According to CNN late yesterday afternoon 4,400 migrants have been rescued from the coast of Libya in the space of 24 hours, in a massive international rescue operation involving several ships. The migrants were pulled from 22 vessels, including rubber dinghies, … Continue reading

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