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The Imperial Measures

36.9 % voted Conservative
63.1% didn’t vote for them
Only 66.1% voted
Thus the Government
of the electorate
But He says
He represents the British People!

11,334,576 votes = 331 seats
9,347,304 votes = 232 seats
6.4% Difference in vote = 100 seats
3,881,099 votes = 1 seat
2,415,862 votes = 8 seats
1,454,862 votes = 56 seats
1,157,613 votes = 1 seat
184,260 = 8 seats
176,232 votes = 4 seats

a bit at odds with
12 Inches = 1 Ft
3 Ft = 1Yard
22 Yards = 1 Chain
10 Chains = 1 Furlong
8 Furlongs = 1 Mile
3 Miles = 1 League

Something gone awry.
It’s just not cricket!



BBC News - Election Results
Imperial Units
The Economist - Disproportional Representation

Bye Bye Vince

Vince Cable

Poor deluded fellow.
As if we care.

Mentions raising interest rates.
Warns of London being inhabited
by bankers and foreigners.
Wealthy ones though.
Not from Bulgaria or
any where like that.
(Must be poor and totally undesirable.)
Not that they actually want to come here!

Raise the rates
It’s the only way
So we pay for bailing them out.
We lose the NHS, Education, Libraries
Suffer food banks on a politically ignored scale.
Return the State to1948
Ignore the complexities of the 21st century
Now pay again so the bankers can have more
money to bet and gamble with
as reform there has been none.

Mr Cable
others of his ilk
will not survive

Vince Cable: interest rates may have to rise to combat housing boom
Business secretary warns of danger that London may be largely inhabited by 'foreigners and bankers' as house prices spiral

Patrick Wintour - Guardian 22/12/2013


This man just doesn’t garner trust.

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The head teacher’s gave him a vote of no confidence.

Headteachers pass vote of no confidence in education policies

Union delegates declare that Michael Gove's policies are not in the best interests of children, parents or schools

Guardian 18th May 2013

The Head of Magdalen College talks about
‘the long interfering arm and dead restraining hand’
and lack of ‘love’

Love has disappeared from state education, says private school leader

Tim Hands attacks obsession with school league tables and 'dead restraining hand' of government

Richard Adams Guardian 30/09/2013

Carol Ann Duffy and 200 others condemn education policy

Letter from authors and academics singles out increased focus on testing as damaging to children

Guardian 01/10/2013

Which wan’t the first time a group of a group of academics had the temerity to say he might be on the wrong track.

a letter published in the Independent, signed by 100 eminent academics and teachers, which is acutely critical of the proposed educational reforms. Referring to a recent CBI report (not known as a hotbed of Marxism), it notes the "need to end the culture of micro-management" in schools and (citing the Cambridge Primary Review) the propensity to value memorisation and recall over understanding and inquiry. The driver for Gove appears to be the PISA international tests where the UK is slipping in performance. Setting aside the debate about the true validity of this particular league table, the 100 academics make for me an unanswerable argument: "Schools in high-achieving Finland, Massachusetts and Alberta emphasise cognitive development, critical understanding and creativity, not rote learning."

Gove's Daily Mail column confirms he doesn't understand how learning works

Standards and rigour are not at odds with an education that values creative thinking, writes Tricia Kelleher

Guardian - Tricia Kelleher 09/04/2013

and now

Not prepared to discuss anything with the NUT or NASUWT.


Teachers strike born of anger and frustration, says NASUWT - video

How is it one man can cause so much anger?
Why is he allowed to do it?

Certainly from a Primary point of view it has felt we have been in limbo for the last five years.
Some thoughtful people at the
Cambridge Primary Review had designed an interesting curriculum fit for the twenty first century.
But the previous incumbents couldn’t quite accept the need for that degree of change.
Conservatives being of ‘right mind’ are even less likely to see the need for a radical change.

All we are left with is Rigour. In the form of 100% pass rate at level 4 ( although the current government is going to make every school decide what a level 4 is and give no indication how schools can achieve it.) 40% level 5 ( ditto) and probably 30% level 6. Although this remains to be seen because at the same time they are taking lots of yr7 objectives and dropping them into yr6 and thus pushing everything else down into earlier years, although they call it up.
(Don’t you just love decomposition in Yr3.)
This is only for English and Maths, which one suspects could well be the Primary Curriculum very soon.
Of course the statutory 2hrs of PE and of course Computing.
Intervention, Intervention, Intervention
for this who are not managing all this.

Thus we have a curriculum of Reading, Riting and Rithmatic in Primary Schools for the 21st Century .

Heh Ho!

Still we keepp battling on and hope that eventually we will have an education secretary
who has a brighter vision for Pirmary Education.

Which leads to the people who wrote the Cambridge Primary Review again.

Eight priorities to improve primary education

In a recent speech, Cambridge Primary Review Trust chair,
Robin Alexander set out eight priorities for primary education. Do you share this vision?

Guardian - Robin Alexander 04/10/ 2013

Mrs Thatcher

Why does Mrs Thatcher deserve a ceremonial funeral?
Full military honours and all guns blazing.
A thing of imperial past
and largely undeserving.
Is this what makes Britain great?
Rewarding people when they are so right!

She divided and ruled
Caused agony and despair
Spent all the oil money
Sold off all the gold and silver
Imploded our country to the
‘Big Bang’

How many hours did they need to
whitewash this legacy?
Actually quite few.
More than any previous Prime Minister.

It didn’t work
We have a National Health Service that treats millions of people every year without charge.
We have a State Education Service that educates millions of children
and young people every year. That despite all the rhetoric is about as ‘good as it gets’.
We have a Public Sector that provide millions of people with essential services every year.
It certainly tries to makes ‘work pay’ through the benefits system.
We have gay marriage.
There is no capital punishment.
Countless changes in societal beliefs and mores.

In many ways there is no legacy.
Britain is more resilient.
Society wants these things and more.
Even in the face of there not being one.


Listen to society.
Go quietly to your grave
without pomp and circumstance.

April 1st

April 1st 2013
The coalition of the nasty.
Just got nastier.
The Bedroom PollTax moment.

Attack this. Blame that.

Attack the poor.
Attack the disabled.
Attack care services for the elderly.
Attack the NHS.
Attack the taxes of the wealthy (not pay as much)
Attack legal aid.
Attack the funding of council tax benefits.

Blame the immigrants.
Blame the poor.

They really like to kick a person when they are down.

And the dear old work and pensions says he could live on
the £53 per week of lowest rate jobseekers allowance.
Well as he is the chief job seeker in the country
(Work and Pension Secretary)
perhaps he should pay himself £53 a week until he’s found all
those jobs that people need to start paying taxes to solve
the manufactured debt crisis.

Sheer Ineptitude.
Or just plain Nasty.
A toxic synergy more likely.
Keep cutting
(More suffer)
and yet
they are still borrowing more.
(A few make a killing)
both metaphorical and actual.

But then again,
they rest assured in the knowledge
that Britain has run a national debt for more than 300 years
has not defaulted in all that time.
So what gives.

Every one except for them.

The day Britain changes: welfare reforms and coalition cuts take effect
A new world heaves into view this week with sweeping changes in the fields of welfare, justice, health and tax

Patrick Wintour - Guardian 01/04/2013

The National Debt in Perspective.
by Robert Neild
Royal Economic Society

List of countries by public debt

UK National Debt
Tejvan Pettinger - March 22 - 2013

Iain Duncan Smith: I could live on £53 in benefits a week
Work and pensions secretary says he would be able to survive on lowest rate of jobseeker's allowance given to adults under 25

Cameron talks nonsense about Primary Sport

Art & Design and Technology are to receive comparable time and money to complement the time given to PE in the Primary Curriculum.
History and Geography will soon follow. Art & Design and Technology have been reduced to a rump in most Primary Schools  over the last two decades. With the emphasis on the notionally high value subjects  English, Maths and Science (the notorious, three Rs of Primary Education). The teaching of Arts & Humanities  have suffered an almost terminal decline.
But,with the realisation that the Sports Parnerships set up by the Labour Government and the 2hrs of PE per week in Primary Schools have made a huge impact on young children's appetite for sport a volte face was about due. The Conservative /Liberal partnership have decided to reinstate the Sports Partnerships in full to  further the ambitions of Primary Children for sport. Even more, they will take full account of the annual questionnaires that school's completed concerning participation in sport particularly the children’s wishes for other sports to be available to Primary Children. The coalition have accepted that children's aspirations are not limited to those old chestnuts of football, hockey & cricket. The questionnaires showed that children wanted to expand their horizons to for example eg Tae Kwando, BMX, Mountain biking, Canoeing, Horse Riding, Yachting and many others. A further increase in funding has been earmarked to enable these aspirations.
These initiatives will have a huge impact on the aspirations and long term health of the children in this country.
It has become clear to the coalition that other subjects need to be encouraged in the same way for the long term creativity and entrepreneurial health of the country. Art, Design & Technology, Geography and History must be encouraged to the same level as PE. A creative ICT curriculum must also be encouraged with a focus on  programming. A coalition spokeswoman confirmed the need to engender a creative and entrepreneurial spirit from a young age  'quality art and design education in Primary Schools was an absolute essential in enabling this aspiration.' She also commented on the creativity in the historical pageant in the opening Olympic Ceremony. 'This sense of history and accompanying creativity needs to be well and truly nurtured in our young children.'
It has become clear that a more rounded and joined up thinking is necessary to stimulate the health and wealth of the nation and it starts with  listening to and then encouraging the aspirations of new generations of young people through a wide variety of sports and opportunities for creative learning.
We must encourage the sublime mixture of individual talent, pairs,  and groups in schools to achieve a healthy, wealthy and creative nation and prove that we really are all in it together.


 To show what utter nonsense is spoken by the Prime Minister about primary school sport then please read
TES Forum -
Teachers not wanting to play their part in sport
The Ofsted Report on School Sports Partnerships
Mike Baker's piece on School Sports Partnerships

And if you watched CBBC's newsround on the 13th August, they made it very clear to children that this year's olympics success was all about the cash injected to provide the facilities, the sports scientists, the fitness experts etc, to leave the athletes free to train. A very definite targeting of some very able and talented individuals for the benefit of the country, all provided by National Lottery funding. Now if the Lottery was state run and all the profits went into sports facilities across the country the children's aspirations to take part in a much wider variety of sports could be nurtured. Basket ball courts at the end of every street, a bmx track in every town, upgrade school halls for dance and gymnastics and a host of other provisions.