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Started by Paul Catherall Jul 2, 2011.

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Comment by Paul Catherall on September 12, 2012 at 14:41

GCSE grading fiasco -----------------

The following sums up the GCSE grading fiasco this month pretty well, taken from the Guardian comments area:


Gove and Ofqal in it together to downgrade English pupils marks - to ensure Gove can claim the schools that refuse to become academies are ailing - to allow

Tory councils to shut the schools - and then sell the land and the playing fields  -  (selling it for a song to property developer friends who will make £BILLIONS


To ensure the only "choice" of school English parents have are "academies" - schools run by private companies

So once again the Tories demonstrate - choice is a code word for privatisation - where parents are left with no choice - and remember - during the Olympics Gove announced Academies will no longer have to employ qualified teachers

So why Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all keep their school and school land and every child is educated by a qualified teacher

English parents will have only private academies who don't employ qualified teachers -

That's the Tories for you - it's not abuout education it's about closing perfectly good schools with fantastic qualified teachers - to allow property developers to make a fortune and force you to send your child to an academy run by a private company whether you want ot or not

Comment by Paul Catherall on August 18, 2012 at 23:23

Rail Fares Hike

Green agenda? Sustainable transport? Rail was the luxury of the rich before this hike, now maybe rail will soon be out of business as it becomes unaffordable and we are all forced to remain on the roads, priced out of our own so called 'Public' transport system.

Comment by Paul Catherall on June 12, 2012 at 13:15

Many LibDem leaders now argue the current agenda is based on a rationale to reduce the deficit, however, many of policies being supported or authored by the LibDedms at the moment have no obvious deficit reduction dimension, take the recent breakup of the SEN legislation for individual needs provision in schools, how does allowing the deregulated academies to avoid SEN help children or reduce the deficit?


We could list many such policies and areas which seem to be flagship coalition policy and have no economic impact but present a detrimental impact on families, the young, the eldery and society at large.

Comment by Paul Catherall on May 4, 2012 at 11:53

Council Election Results may 04 2012


Quoting from the BBC site:


"In one Edinburgh ward a Lib Dem candidate has failed to pick up more first preference votes than Professor Pongoo, an independent candidate who dresses in a six-foot penguin costume. And with nine of 58 seats declared in the city, it is clear the Lib Dem vote is down overall."

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 30, 2012 at 14:59

LibDems loose their deposit in Bradford West byelection


A bad result for the LibDems, as George Galloway soars to 1st place, proving that given an alternative path, the elecorate will opt for a socially democratic perspective rather than the extreme liberalization and anti-business agenda of the coalition.

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 21, 2012 at 10:52

The health and social care Bill passed it's last reading in the Commons.

You can see the full list of LibDem MPs who voted to pass the Bill in the last minute motion to wait for the risk register last night at


Clearly this spells the end of the LibDem party and its full transition into a wing of the extreme right wing bloc of the Conservative party, unrecognisable from the party we thought we knew.

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 20, 2012 at 14:16

LibDem peers have voted with the government to oppose Labour's last minute attempt to stop the health and social care bill in the Lords, only Lord Greaves supported this measure to stop the Bill. LibDem Peers also opposed Lord Owen's attempt to delay the Bill until the publication of the risk regsiter, with no peers supporting this motion.

This unfortunate behaviour sends a very clear message to the progressive electorate that the LibDem party are unelectable, unfit for government and are a serious threat to a progressive UK agenda, furthermore these politicians are an embarassment to anyone who has supported the LibDems over the years.

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 11, 2012 at 11:22

Lib Dem members oppose NHS reforms in conference vote

Lib Dem activists have voted at their spring conference to oppose government changes to its controversial bill to reform the NHS in England.

The party leadership lost a vote on the issue in Gateshead by 314 to 217.


The record of the LibDem leadership on following conference motions is not good, as seen by the triple fee, academies and other areas.

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 11, 2012 at 11:20

NHS risk register blocked by government, despite information comissioner ruling.


It seems the government are desperate to block this risk assessment exercise being made public, you can also how MPs voted on the commons motion to publish the register:

Comment by Paul Catherall on March 9, 2012 at 10:36


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