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Should we Acquiesce in the Notion of an Under-Class?

May 31, 2012


There was a famous sketch performed long ago in an episode of the Frost Report where three men standing alongside one other represented the three then generally accepted socio-economic classes within society. Each was a caricature based upon traits commonly taken to have been present in individuals of that particular class. It is most likely […]

Faith in the Public Square

May 3, 2012


From a guest blogger: Regular readers of this blog will have seen posts over the last year in response to the Government’s decision to hold a consultation on whether to extend marriage to same-sex couples, as well as on developments in marriage law elsewhere. Frequently debate over redefining marriage has produced conflict between mainstream religious […]

Colonialism and the Rich: Demonstrations of Bigotry and Virtue

April 26, 2012


Let us consider today matters that have received much press coverage recently, coverage manifesting a dearth of virtue among senior figures in media and government. While politicians are universally acknowledged to be only human, those with positions of great influence should be expected to act virtuously and to set an example to ordinary individuals.   […]

A Progressive Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

April 13, 2012


From a guest blogger: During an exchange with a friend earlier this week about the Government’s plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, I objected to his suggestion that support for gay marriage was the province of the political left.  After all, the measure has been introduced by a Conservative-led government, enthusiastically supported by the […]

Screwtape and Selective Education

April 4, 2012


Last week Kent County Council approved plans for a grammar school to establish a satellite school in Sevenoaks. The satellite would share the name of the founding school and come under the same executive oversight. It will be, as it were, a new branch of the existing school with the same educational ethos. Note that […]

A Qualified ‘Well Done’ to Mr. Galloway

March 30, 2012


George Galloway, the socialist politician and member of the RESPECT party has won the Bradford by-election by more than 10,000 votes. This has been reported widely as a vote against Labour, but, given the similarities between the three main parties, it might just as well be viewed as a vote against the status quo and […]

Protecting the Failing: At What Cost for our Future?

February 8, 2012


The latest issue of the Sunday Times carried the following headline: ‘School Chief: 5,000 Heads are no good’. The recently appointed Chief Inspector of Ofsted, the regulatory body charged with school performance, had been interviewed. Sir Michael Wilshaw had been Headmaster of an institution fêted as an exemplary Academy-status school. The Mossbourne School is in […]