Wednesday

What do you do about granny?

I have just finished the first draft of the chapter on care for the elderly for my new book. So here is a quiz question: what is the range -  among different European countries – of the percentage of women … Continue reading

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Sunday

Return to Aix. First impressions.

I came down to Aix-en-Provence by train yesterday. On the way we passed through Lyon. Two things bleakly stood out: many walls smothered in graffiti and the large blocks of social housing. I arrived in the evening. By the middle … Continue reading

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Monday

Women more likely to be groped in Japan than England

A Japanese woman has told me that, in Japan, women in a full underground train are groped by men. But she has found that in London in similar circumstances she is not groped. Of course, this is only one person … Continue reading

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Tuesday

“The State of Welfare” and the truth about fraud.

On the ‘State of Welfare’ programme on BBC Radio 4 programme, I was astonished at how certain people kept on protesting and arguing that there is very little fraud. There is a world of a difference between the amount of … Continue reading

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Thursday

Parents who need parenting and dumbing down – tales from the education front line.

I have come across some notes I made a few months ago about some things said by a head of a primary school in London and his assistant head. The school does well but the head was emphasising that he … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Want to go to the toilet? Then we better call for an escort.

Snapshot of a public (ie state)  middle school in San Francisco: when I was waiting in reception to see the headmaster, I heard the receptionist talking on a two way radio to somebody about an ‘escort’. Later I asked the … Continue reading

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Wednesday

20% of children at a school ‘should be in care’

I went to a discussion on child poverty at the Policy Exchange on Monday. Frank Field, who has a long track record in this area, said there were three things he wanted to say: 1. Existing methods of assessting poverty … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Chelsea, Barcelona and the shameful behaviour of John Terry

What a contrast in behaviour there was during the semi-finals of the European Cup last night! It was an extraordinary, absorbing game. The way the Chelsea team showed such determination to defend their goal was superb. However there was one … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Yeovil’s nickname – a sign of the times

Many people will still think of Yeovil as a quiet town in the lovely county of Somerset. But today a local told me a modern nickname for the town: ‘Yobvil’. Looking on Wikepedia, I see that in 2006 it instituted … Continue reading

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Thursday

The relationship between crime and unemployment

A third of those claiming unemployment benefit have criminal records. Article here. It is a startling statistic. It seems pretty obvious that those who are convicted will, especially if they have been in prison, be more likely to go onto … Continue reading

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