Will the New Statesman teach you anything useful?

Apropos of my last post on the subject of GCSE examinations, Caroline Crampton offers a few ‘thoughts’ (a very loose description) on the same subject at the New Statesman: Will Gove’s new O-Levels teach you anything useful? What exactly might Gove’s plans to replace GCSEs (which he feels […]

GCSEs didn’t end segregation, they only concealed it.

News that Michael Gove reportedly intends to replace the current GCSE system with ‘tougher’ O-level style exams in a system in which ‘less academic’ students would sit a “different ‘more straightforward’ exam, like the old CSE” has rapidly spawned a debate on ‘segregation’ which looks, to me, like […]

Lansley’s NHS funding plan will make it even grimmer up North

According to Andrew Lansley, speaking at an NHS Clinical Commissioners conference in April, “age is the principal determinant of health need” from which it follows, logically, that the NHS should devote a greater proportion of its resources towards providing health care services is those areas of the country […]

NHS Does Not spend £1M a week on ‘repeat abortions’

From the file marked ‘Why journalists shouldn’t do statistics’ we have a new front page entry from the Daily Mail. As per standard Ministry policy, I’m not going to link to the Mail’s article but I will quote from it as I tear it into little tiny kibbles […]

Cranmer vs ASA – How very dare you!

As a general rule of thumb anything that winds up Cranmer is usually a good thing so it’s with some amusement that I have report that 24 people including a ‘Jewish Gay and Lesbian group’ have reported his blog to the Advertising Standards Authority over an advert he […]

Do women need pre-abortion counselling?

While we’re waiting for the Department of Health to launch its consultation on the future of pre-abortion counselling, a new study has been published by the Guttmacher Institute which sheds some interesting light on women’s needs and choices at the point at which they make contact with abortion […]

Dorries vs Mensch

There’s a comment that’s popped up on the #Dorries hashatg that merits a little clarification… Beginning to think Louise Mensch is an #Dorries. Better clothes, similar relationship to reason. Seems a bit harsh on Louise Mensch for reasons that are perhaps best explained by way of a couple […]

Are 11 years olds viewing porn?

Coming back to the Christian-sponsored ‘parliamentary’ report on children and online pornography that I wrote about yesterday, one of the thing that both intrigued and amused me was the inclusion of Psychologies magazine as a reference. Despite the sciency-sounding title, Psychologies magazine is nothing more than a women’s […]

God wants an opt-in porn filter

I’ve just been reading through Clare Perry’s ‘Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection‘ which, of course, recommends the introduction of opt-in porn filters on internet connections in the UK, and its fair to say that I’ve spotted one or two problems with the report that need to […]

Cranmer and Foetal Pain

If you’ve ever read Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ or seen his Channel 4 series ‘The Genius of Darwin’ then you may readily recall the rather surreal interview that Dawkins conducted with an American creationist named Wendy Wright. If you’ve not seen the series or […]