"The responsibility of a political party is in inverse proportion to its chances of getting office."
Lord Hailsham, in the House of Lords, 13 February 1961.
"A splendid book. It's a devastating critique of the welfare state. A page-turner, yet also extensively sourced. Demonstrates how attempts to achieve good intentions have led to horrible results -- increasing crime and violence, worsened conditions of the very poor, an extraordinary deterioration in the quality and character of British life.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winner.
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Before the welfare state
The Greycoat Hospital
The Greycoat Hospital was once a workhouse. It has since been a hospital and a school. It has a very long welfare history. It has now been taken over by the state.
- The Greycoat Hospital
Education and State
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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
Last night on the The Moral Maze, there was a lot of argument about unemployment. One reason why Britain has such difficulty getting the less qualified into jobs is because the education system has done so badly. And one part … Continue reading
I was at the Spectator conference about education today. There are two things which have caused the spread of charter schools to be so disappointingly slow: 1. Profit-making companies are not allowed to set them up. 2. Local authorities can … Continue reading
You can see the beginning here. Or else it can be found in the print edition.
In the Spectator this week is a ‘diary’ of my research trip to the USA. (Only part of it is freely available.)
For years teacher training has been a scandal. Huge amounts of money have been spent on it. A group of people more than twice the size of the British army (before the latest cuts) have been trained and then left … Continue reading
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
I have just read the first chapter of Terry Moe’s book, Special Interest. It is about the damage done by teacher trade unions in America to the quality of education. It is persuasively written. I recommend it. I visited a US … Continue reading
I think is probably true to say that most people outside the USA think that America does not have a welfare state. Perhaps quite a few inside the USA think the same. There is a worldwide desire to put countries … Continue reading
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