I am in agreement. It must be said that for every right wing motivated agitator there is a greater number of those folk who don’t really know what they believe and have no persisting beliefs; more thoughtless than narrow minded, though they may well be both. The real villains are those who stir up the passions of the folk who said yesterday they had no interest in politics, who today espouse Brexit and tomorrow, well who knows, maybe calling for public sector workers to receive a pay rise?
It makes me angry that our national flag – my flag – has been appropriated by these intolerant, ignorant people who think they are representative of our country.
Because they’re not.
You don’t have to be racist, pro-UKIP or a raving loony right-winger to care about our country. We – who are tolerant and open to the rest of the world and other cultures – are just as patriotic as they are.
In fact, we’re MORE patriotic.
Because we’re not trying to destroy our country’s economy for the sake of “taking back control” or other mindless, meaningless slogans.
And we’re not trying to make a quick buck by selling off our NHS to foreign owners.
And we’re not pushing…
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Diane Abbott has been a topic of talk, chatter, discussion, criticism – mostly unfair – and, most recently, speculation.
I am very pleased to share this excellent, thoughtful perspective on the subject of Ms Abbott, her story and why she is deserving of respect.
This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DIANE ABBOTT.
Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…
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Thank you, as ever, to the wonderful parents and teachers who share thoughts and comments on this page every day, providing a wealth of information for those who want change across the country for our primary school children. Whether it be excessive homework, missed playtime, additional tuition sessions, overly prescriptive curriculum or anxiety over tests we all share one common belief – that SAT testing has gone too far and causes unnecessary pressure upon our teachers, our children and the primary curriculum.
Thank you especially to those of you who are child development experts and remind us that our instincts as parents are right; to those of you who are secondary teachers who tell us that the SAT results have no relevance in high school and to those of you who are head teachers who tell us that you are desperate for change but…
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Although, to be honest and perfectly candid, the simple truth is that I’m not entirely certain that I agree with this list of phrases one hundred per cent.
Psychologists say people who are lying tend to use a few revealing words and phrases which betray their dishonesty.
For example, if an innocent person is accused of, say, stealing something, he or she will simply protest “No I didn’t steal it!”
A guilty person however, will be more likely to say: “Believe me, I didn’t steal it!” or “The honest truth is I didn’t steal it!” or “Let me be clear, I didn’t steal it!”.
And now – according to very interesting research by the Academy of Executive Coaching – we can now reveal the 10 most common phrases which cause distrust particularly when used by executives and politicians.
The ten most commonly used phrases which arouse suspicion and point to dishonesty are:
- If I’m honest…
- Let me be clear…
- Believe me…
- The honest truth is…
- The fact is…
- To be fair…
- In terms of…
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A prize pair of buffoons, I understand they both share the same forename, oh – and family name too! Not by any chance related? No, I’m sure we’d have been told. I have heard that a week is a long time in politics and the separation in time here is several years. Fifty two weeks in a year, so that’s … A lot of weeks and a long, long time in politics. Time enough to change ones firmly held convictions and core beliefs.
Or maybe one or the other is a mouthpiece for whatever currently happens to be expedient?
Here it is – the great EU referendum debate featuring two of the finest debaters on opposite sides of the EU argument:
Boris Johnson vs Boris Johnson
Question Number 1.
How necessary or important is it that this referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU takes place? Over to you first, Mr Boris Johnson …
What do you have to say to that, Mr Johnson?
Strong words from Boris for his opponent Boris Johnson. Now for question Number 2.
What would happen if Britain left the EU. Mr Johnson?
And what do you think Mr Johnson?
So a huge disagreement between Boris and his opponent Boris. Question Number 3.
Some people claim it would be too difficult in practical terms for Britain to leave the EU. Mr Johnson, do you agree?
Mr Johnson? Do you agree with Mr Johnson?
Question Number 4…
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Strongly worded and making the point, amongst several points, that ‘parents’ are more than an amorphous, woolly bloc.
Open Letter from Let Our Kids Be Kids – the voice of tens of thousands of parents who want an end to SAT testing NOW.
Dear Nicky Morgan,
We are aware that you’ve been flooded with open letters recently but this one is a bit different. We’re writing from everybody. We represent the voice of parents across the country. Parents are everybody. They are teachers, they are junior doctors, they are steel workers, they are speech therapists, neuro scientists, academics, small business owners, stay at home mums. Parents aren’t people you can dismiss into a single box; parents are everybody that you were voted in to serve.
- Children as young as 6 are labelling themselves failures and crying about going to school. We know this because we are parents.
- The capacity for children of this age to actually learn the concepts you have asked them to learn is questionable. We…
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…or how a few pictures are worth any number of words and any amount of hot air.
At prime minister’s questions today, David Cameron accused Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan of appearing with a London Imam who supports ISIS.
Only one problem. The Imam in question – Suliman Gani – does not support ISIS.
In fact he thinks they’re “evil”:
And even more amazingly, Gani actually supported – and even canvassed for – the Tories at the last general election:
Here he is with Tory candidate Dan Watkins:
And here he is with Zac Goldsmith himself:
The Tories are so desperate – or arrogant – they think they can win elections with outright lies and smears. We cannot rely on our biased media to show the truth.
So please share. Thanks:
In August, I’m trekking 60km across Iceland (the country, not the supermarket) to raise money for a small but perfectly formed charity named CoppaFeel! Despite the daunting prospect of sore knees, blisters, sleep deprivation from the four hours of nightly darkness and the small matter of raising £2,695, I’m up for the challenge.
1. The story behind CoppaFeel! is inspiring
CoppaFeel! was set up by twin sisters Kris and Maren Hallenga. When Kris found out she had breast cancer at 23 years old, she also discovered the cancer had spread to other parts of her body and was incurable. Kris is now 30 years old and frequently refers to “living with cancer” – not dying from it. I can confirm this is 100% true – despite the fact the disease is all over her body and she spends much of her time in and out of hospitals, Kris Hallenga is…
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