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Armed Forces struggling to cope with overstretch

The Telegraph today: "The report declares: "The impact of continuous downsizing, pressures and overstretch is affecting the [defence] department's ability to retain and provide a satisfactory life for Armed Forces personnel." It stresses that in the past six years, the Services have been operating above the most demanding level of... Read more...

Low pass rate feared with new vocational diploma

In the Telegraph today we learn that there are fears for the new vocational diplomas that the government is looking to introduce.  Apparently the requirement that students emerge functionally literature and numerate is asking a little too much.Alan Johnson, the last education secretary, warned earlier this year that the vocational... Read more...

George Osborne gives advice to new Chancellor

In an interesting op-ed in the Observer, the Shadow Chancellor had plenty of advice for Alistair Darling, as he takes over the reins at the Treasury. In one of the key parts of the article, Mr Osborne wrote: “Britain's businesses will be held back so long as we have some... Read more...

Grade Inflation can't be fixed by new grades

When governments look to fight hyper-inflation a common strategy has been to issue a new currency. The idea is that the new currency will restore credibility and signal a break from the past.  Today it has been announced that the government is trying to do something similar in an attempt... Read more...

Poor priorities in our prisons

It’s been a good month for prisoners.  First came the news that dozens will be released early to ease on overcrowding.  Then there was even better news that those on early-release would get a £200 goodbye, courtesy of the taxpayer.  But today there’s consolation for those still behind bars -... Read more...

Weekly Waste Round-Up 65

In the news this week:Tour de France costs us £6.8m- "The 94th race will have its "Grand Départ" in London on Saturday... Starting the tour in Britain has cost £6.8 million, including a £1.5 million fee for the event's organisers. Transport for London has stumped up £3.2 million and the... Read more...

Brown's pensions raid has also cost savers

New calculations by Mike Warburton and Maurice Fitzpatrick at Grant Thornton are yet more evidence of the damage that has been done by Gordon Brown's removal of tax credits on dividends. They show that an estimated three million investors in personal equity plans (PEPs) and equity-based individual savings accounts (ISAs)... Read more...

Weekly Waste Round-Up 61

In the news recently:NHS negligence cost us £4bn- "BRITAIN could have had 16 giant new hospitals - if doctors had not made so many cock-ups. NHS chiefs have used £4BILLION of taxpayers' cash in clinical negligence costs since 1997. And that would have been enough to build at least 16... Read more...

More students taking soft GCSEs

Today the Telegraph reports that the number of students passing five good GCSEs in English, maths, science, a modern language and history or geography has fallen from nearly 44 per cent to 28.6 per cent.This is symptomatic of an education system that responds to government targets and league tables instead... Read more...

Unaccountable monopolies kill people

A Healthcare Commission report shows that 99 out of 394 trusts are failing to take basic steps such as safely decontaminating reusable medical equipment and keeping facilities clean. This can be added to the news last November that 84% of staff did not wash their hands before and after contact... Read more...

Shock: BBC biased, sky is blue etc...

The BBC has today come under fire for promoting its own agenda of ‘trendy causes’ in a report commissioned by its own governors, forcing it this morning to publish guidelines ensuring impartial broadcasting.Allegations and rumours have long been made about BBC bias, highlighted by an ingrained prejudice against the United... Read more...