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Patrick Butler on the Social Metrics Commission poverty indicator.

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Excellent piece on the normalisation of extreme views in the media.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... tator-race

I saw a few comments yesterday of the "Sorry, cancelling Spectator sub" after Liddle's piece.

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Rightwing thinktanks unveil radical plan for US-UK Brexit trade deal: Groups linked to Trump and Fox want foreign competition in NHS and regulations bonfire
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A radical blueprint for a free trade deal between the UK and the US that would see the NHS opened to foreign competition, a bonfire of consumer and environmental regulations and freedom of movement between the two countries for workers, is to be launched by prominent Brexiters.

The Cato Institute in the US and Daniel Hannan's Initiative for Free Trade (the one that was forced to change its name from 'Institute' because that is reserved for actual research organisations and not just lobby groups) in the UK.

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The IFT/Cato Institute free trade deal recognises that its proposals are likely to be unpopular. “Health services would benefit from foreign competition, although we recognise any change to existing regulations would be extremely controversial,” it says. It recommends testing the waters with foreign competition in education and legal services first.

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Sweeping tax cuts for workers and business would help the UK get through a no deal Brexit, Sajid Javid urged Cabinet in pitch to be leader
Clip from the Sunday Times article in this tweet.
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^^^

The vultures were always likely to be circling around and seeing the rich pickings that might be on show once the EU could be got out of the way.

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
Morning all.

Excellent piece on the normalisation of extreme views in the media.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... tator-race

I saw a few comments yesterday of the "Sorry, cancelling Spectator sub" after Liddle's piece.


Now that somebody in the MSM has broken the "omerta" on this, hopefully a few others will follow.


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adam wrote:
The Cato Institute in the US and Daniel Hannan's Initiative for Free Trade (the one that was forced to change its name from 'Institute' because that is reserved for actual research organisations and not just lobby groups) in the UK.



As had the Spiked-related institute of Ideas headed up by that Claire Fox...

Incidentally I noted this the other week.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/new-education ... -exchange/

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Dr Joanna Williams, the new head of education and culture, worked at the University of Kent as both a senior lecturer in higher education and academic practice and a director of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education from 2007 to 2016.

She is a widely published author who has written on issues such as schools, gender and families, and earlier in her career she taught in both secondary schools and further education.

She also writes for online politics, culture and society magazine Spiked, covering topics such as why she believes that sex education should focus only on biology and not relationships.


But of course the ex-RCP team are still on the left...

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
But of course the ex-RCP team are still on the left...


Amazing how many in the media still "think" that. Or perhaps not.....

Even three decades ago in my student days the RCP were considered a bunch of weirdos, they stood in a few seats come the 1987 GE as Red Front - invariably polling a derisory vote. Their candidate in my patch (Newcastle Central) spent most of the university hustings ranting about Pol Pot :D


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I think it's become more obvious over the past couple of years where their true sympathies lie - having an almost daily column (writing the same article) for The Spectator as Brendan O'Neill does...and people begin to notice.

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OK, Twitter question for those on it.

Firstly I lost about 50% of the people I follow - they simply disappeared. And even when I go and Follow them again...the next day they're gone again.

Really infuriating but I can't see what's wrong. Any ideas?

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I was already long away when the " RCP/Red Front " was getting its 0.62% of the vote, so had to wiki-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Front_(UK)


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RogerOThornhill wrote:
^^^ The vultures were always likely to be circling around and seeing the rich pickings that might be on show once the EU could be got out of the way.

Imagine Betsy deVos in charge of education :-)
Excellent one very early this morning on the World Service --
Running and Singing to Improve Maths and English -- BBC World Hacks

"" This week we go back to school, with two simple ideas that involve changing the day-to-day lives of pupils to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. The Daily Mile is an idea developed in a Scottish school by an enterprising teacher, which is now being adopted worldwide. It gets pupils to run a mile at a surprise moment during the school day, to break up their learning and burn some calories. Meanwhile, in Bradford, in the north of England, a previously failing school has found salvation through music. To improve its performance in core subjects including maths and English, it promoted music in the timetable and embraced a music-teaching philosophy pioneered in communist-era Hungary.""
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswvrm

How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it
A Bradford primary school wants the world to know its newfound Sats success is down to giving all children up to six hours of music a week
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... c-bradford


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And then there's McVile, who apparently proposed at Cabinet that the withdrawal agreement could be finalised after we'd left the EU.
https://twitter.com/13sarahmurphy/statu ... 2869604353

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
OK, Twitter question for those on it.

Firstly I lost about 50% of the people I follow - they simply disappeared. And even when I go and Follow them again...the next day they're gone again.

Really infuriating but I can't see what's wrong. Any ideas?


That's an odd one, though I think Twitter can be prone to such glitches. If you tend to remain signed in, might be worth logging out and sign in again. Sometimes glitches just fix themselves. Or your account may have been hacked, but that seems unlikely.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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I might have to live with it.

If I (finally) get a position with the OU I'm going to set up a new account under my real name and move a lot of the related Follows across and leave the ROT one for edu and politics stuff.

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A fresh Crace ---

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Most reports suggest it was an underwhelming speech which has caught the mood of an underwhelming conference.


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
Most reports suggest it was an underwhelming speech which has caught the mood of an underwhelming conference.

Yes the only stand out was the Gina Miller speech, which while eye-catching was intellectually bankrupt IMHO.


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Did anyone else hear the "exotic spresm" bit in Cable's?


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
Most reports suggest it was an underwhelming speech which has caught the mood of an underwhelming conference.

Is anyone expecting either of the other conferences to be overwhelming ?


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Did anyone else hear the "exotic spresm" bit in Cable's?

It was on the news :-)


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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
Did anyone else hear the "exotic spresm" bit in Cable's?

It was on the news :-)

I can't stop chuckling :lol:


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IMO the significance of this story is that Starmer didn't resign.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... toms-union

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IMO the significance of this story is that Starmer didn't resign.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... toms-union

Barnier appears to be moving on the in-depth border in NI, conclusions on that .... for tomorrow!
I'm crashing .


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gilsey wrote:
IMO the significance of this story is that Starmer didn't resign.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... toms-union

Barnier appears to be moving on the in-depth border in NI, conclusions on that .... for tomorrow!
I'm crashing .

The proposals are sketchy but I'm concerned.

Sounds like they may be acceptable to Arlene Foster, but surely then not to Sinn Fein et al.


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frog222 wrote:
AnatolyKasparov wrote:
Most reports suggest it was an underwhelming speech which has caught the mood of an underwhelming conference.

Is anyone expecting either of the other conferences to be overwhelming ?


I expect them both to be of at least a little consequence.


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From the BBC
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The EU, he said, would consider how and where physical checks on goods crossing the border were carried out and, critically, who performed them - amid reports the EU may be willing to allow British officials to do so.
"We are clarifying which goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK would need to be checked and where, when and by whom these checks could be performed," he said. "We can also clarify that most checks can take place away from the border at a company premises or at the markets."


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A rather different interpretation of the Barnier comments

https://twitter.com/jonlis1/status/1042152541377769477


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Aren’t “Exotic Spresm” up for the Mercury Music Prize this year?


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gilsey wrote:
IMO the significance of this story is that Starmer didn't resign.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... toms-union
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...Labour source insisted the paper had concerned only the party’s communications strategy.
The source added that Starmer’s team had subsequently worked closely with Corbyn’s office.
A source close to Starmer admitted that the meeting had been robust but insisted that he had not been close to resignation.
But the face-off between the politicians..
read that part quoted from the article
Sources this and that
contradiction much
but the face-off between the politicians
oh well, whatever, never mind


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George Eaton
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Aren’t “Exotic Spresm” up for the Mercury Music Prize this year?
that's wonderful news
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the slashing down rain I'm experiencing isn't acknowledged on the Met webpage
it's not supposed to rain until Thursday, it says


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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
Did anyone else hear the "exotic spresm" bit in Cable's?



Yes! There was also an interview with a LibDem conference attendee who, when asked if Vince Cable was cutting the mustard, said, "Yes. I've heard him say things that other leaders don't say."

Little realising (somehow) how hilarious that response was.


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