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Letters from an encouraged Corbyn #19

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:41:59 +0000

Letters from an encouraged Corbynite #19:   We all collect phrases that appeal to us. One of mine is: “a cool head under fire.” If you are one of my Facebook friends or Twitter followers, I have probably driven you … Continue reading



Tories not racist, no

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:59:45 +0000

The Tory government is not racist, Not racist, So cosmopolitan, Some BAME faces, not racist, not racist, No, Well OK, there’s this structural hostility stuff, But we didn’t mean it, Not racist, not racist, No, Well, OK, there were the … Continue reading



Submission on A Happier Curriculum to the Labour Policy Forum

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:43:34 +0000

This is my submission on schools and testing to the Labour Policy Forum.   A Happier Curriculum   A Children’s Society report places the UK fourteenth out of fifteen countries surveyed in terms of happiness. Only South Korea, with the … Continue reading



“There has been a clash….” BBC

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:12:11 +0000

I looked up the word ‘clash’ In an online dictionary. It said: to meet in violent conflict. It gave an example: armies that clashed on the plain. I saw that plain. I saw fifteen dead on one side. I saw no dead on the other. I saw hundreds injured … Continue reading



The right thing

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:27:43 +0000

It’s time to do the right thing, They are saying once again. It’s time to do it now And anyone who says delay, Or pause, or wait, or ask For more information Is doing the wrong thing, Possibly a treacherous … Continue reading



Letters from an encouraged #17

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:00:09 +0000

There is quite a lot of wishful thinking in the UK press this Sunday. Andrew Rawnsley and another guest commentator in the Observer, for example, are quite desperate to recreate the heady days of triumphant right-wing social democracy when triangulated … Continue reading



Feedback from a school visit to Bellerive College, Liverpool

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:45:49 +0000

Great feedback from Bellerive College, Sefton Park, Liverpool. “Write with a bigger perspective and use more imagination” Katie, Y8 “Add more detail and a range of vocabulary” Bethany, Y8 “Look at everything I write” Caitlin, Y10 “Helped me improve my … Continue reading



Feedback from Bellerive College, Liverpool

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:44:19 +0000

Great feedback from Bellerive College, Sefton Park, Liverpool. “Write with a bigger perspective and use more imagination” Katie, Y8 “Add more detail and a range of vocabulary” Bethany, Y8 “Look at everything I write” Caitlin, Y10 “Helped me improve my … Continue reading



The Evil Empire

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:11:08 +0000

BREAKING NEWS: Telegraph ‘Czech spy’ journalist’s notebook leaked.   Corbyn and the Evil Empire.   In the 1980s Guildford was the heart of the Soviet evil empire. The tentacles of this oppressive police state spread out from the Surrey town … Continue reading



Come together

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:43:16 +0000

As May’s deputy begs Tory MPs at each other’s throats to ‘come together’ the surviving Beatles release classic song.   Here come old Maybot, she come screwing up slowly She got cough-cough Strepsils, she’s one comedy classic She got air … Continue reading