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How Much Faith Should We Have in Faith Schools?

2 December 2004

Today’s papers contain the results of tests in English and mathematics carried out last summer on 11 years olds in England’s primary schools. They establish beyond doubt that, on the whole, faith schools achieve much better results than so-called ‘community’ schools which have no denominational affiliation and at which religious education and collective acts of… [Read More]


Should David Blunkett be Given an ASBO?

30 November 2004

It looks as if David Blunkett has used the trappings of power to impress a female he was attracted to. He admits giving her two first class rail tickets at the taxpayer’s expense and there is little doubt that his official chauffeur-driven car (along with official papers) has been used to give Mrs Quinn lifts… [Read More]


Patriotism and History

29 November 2004

It’s well worth reading a piece by Amanda Craig in the Sunday Times in which she criticises the disjointed teaching of history that is now typical of our schools, public and private. Children are taught a bit about the life of the medieval peasant, before skipping to a module on Hitler’s Germany or life in… [Read More]


Onward Christian Soldiers…

26 November 2004

Many among Europe’s intellectual and political elite are atheists and would welcome Europe becoming entirely secular. Their attitude towards religion was recently well illustrated by the recent decision of the European Parliament to reject the entire team of Commissioners proposed by the incumbent President of the Commission than accept as one someone who had had… [Read More]


Lammy’s Lament — a Case of Misplaced Dissatisfaction

25 November 2004

According to reports in yesterday’s newspapers, David Lammy is not a happy bunny. In that respect, he is probably no different from the vast majority of his compatriots who daily make their way wearily to and from work, doubtless concerned about where to find the readies this year to cover the costs of celebrating Christmas.… [Read More]


Religious Discrimination

23 November 2004

There has been recent press speculation that the Government intends to introduce a law against religious hatred, possibly under the guise of setting up a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights. If it does, it will encourage religious extremism by shielding religious leaders from legitimate criticism. It will reverse the triumph of liberalism and… [Read More]


Know Your Place

22 November 2004

Prince Charles stands accused of wanting people to ‘know their place’. According to the current Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, the Prince is hostile to the ambitions of ordinary folk, whose interests are championed by the present Government. Does this accusation fit the facts? If Mr Clark were really in favour of allowing everyone the chance… [Read More]


Call Me Old-fashioned or What … But What Did the Prince Say Wrong?

19 November 2004

Outraged attacks on the Prince of Wales filled today’s airwaves and press. What occasioned the wrath of so many was his having had the apparent effrontery to remark in a private email that far too many of his younger compatriots today consider themselves qualified for jobs far beyond their talents and aptitudes. The burden of… [Read More]


Mr Trevor Phillips Puts His Foot In It …

18 November 2004

The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) was set up by the Race Relations Act to foster racial equality by rooting out racial discrimination and racial hatred. In recent years, the CRE has become one of the most vociferous advocates of a change in the law so that the current prohibition of incitement of hatred towards… [Read More]


Alternatives to Prison

17 November 2004

This week a private commission of inquiry (the Coulsfield Inquiry) has made yet another call for greater use of alternatives to prison. It criticises prison for failing to prevent former inmates from committing crimes when they are released into the community and then calls for more of them to be given sentences in the community.… [Read More]


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