When does Yates of the Yard get the call?

I know that the whole school admissions process is a hot issue, but it seems that things are shaping up to become even more contentious: Secondary schools have been flouting the admissions system by charging parents money to secure a place of their choice, the schools secretary admitted […]

That’ll be a ‘no’ then…

And the lesson for today is ‘How to try to get yourself out of the shit with your customers and fail miserably 101‘: Broadband provider TalkTalk has confirmed that it will allow customers to ‘opt in’ to Phorm’s controversial new advertisement system. TalkTalk is one of three UK […]

What price the promotion of liberty?

Today is one of those rare occasions on which I have a little bit of niggle at DK over a post or two at his place which don’t, in my opinion, do him justice. By and large he’s an intelligent sort and writes with a degree of wit […]

There’s something about Kevin…

Name a famous Kevin… Keegan? Kline? Costner? How about Kevin Brennan..? Who? Kevin Brennan, the MP for Cardiff West and current Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Children Families and Schools… No? Never heard of him? Well sit back and relax because you’re about to…and […]

Hide and Sneak

It is, I would suggest, an axiom of dealing with this current government that whenever they go on a major PR offensive the first thing you should do is look around for what’s being quietly snuck out the back door in the hope that no one will notice. […]

The importance of disclosure

There is quite an astonishing article published on Comment Is Free at the moment, bemoaning the widespread publication of ‘flawed’ scientific research and the misreporting of scientific evidence by journals and the popular press: People who use science to inform their decisions and policies, on anything from cancer […]

It’s not just the Lib Dems who’re revolting…

As the analysis of the votes on the Treaty of Lisbon continues to filter in, it looks very much like all the leaders of the main political parties have had their problems in the House. Pride of place, of course, goes to Nick Clegg of the Lib Dems, […]

If you’ve something to say, just say it

For reasons I can quite fathom it seems to be my week for picking fights with feminists for putting up bad arguments on important issues – first there was this little head to head over at Liberal Conspiracy and now there’s this article by Joan Smith in today’s […]

An Inspector Calls…

Both Justin and Alix do a fine job of heaping some well-deserved derision on different aspects of Margaret Hodge’s inane speech on Britishness, Culture and the Arts, which rather leaves me to add to growing pile by picking out this absolute gem of a comment: My family came […]