Tag Archives: Poland

Thursday

More people are on food stamps in the USA than live in Poland.

There are over 46 million people in the USA on food stamps which is a massive increase since a low of about 17 million in 2000. The population of Poland is 38.5 million. From here.

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Welfare benefits
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Thursday

Paying a backhander to get a sick note

When I was in Poland last month, someone there remarked how Poland had been one of the ‘disability capitals’ of Europe. The numbers of people claiming to be unable to work through illness were apparently enormous. Today I had a … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Healthcare and the NHS, Welfare benefits
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Friday

The champion teacher union

Teachers’ unions in Britain, the USA, France and elsewhere have reason to think that they wield considerable power and have been able to improve their conditions of employment considerably. But surely the champion of teacher trade unions is that of … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Waste in public services
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Friday

Which countries have obedient pedestrians and why?

As I go from country to country, one of the things I occasionally notice is whether or not people obey the signs for pedestrians not to cross a road. Here in Warsaw, the level of obedience is quite remarkable. Only … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Behaviour & Crime
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Friday

Here is an idea for the London School of Economics

I have just been visiting the Warsaw School of Economics. In the hall – which is of traditional vast, Socialist planning size, there is now a TV carrying live prices from the Warsaw stock exchange and share indices for other … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Politics
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Thursday

Power politics, Germany and the EU

On the overnight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw, I met a Polish man who apparently advises a parliamentary committee in Poland on foreign policy. Naturally we talked a little about the British veto of a EU treaty on fiscal control … Continue reading

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Friday

The most powerful man in education in the world

I was told that Michael Gove, the British secretary of state for education, said this man was the most important person in education in the world. I think that could be upgraded to ‘the most powerful’. He does not run … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Work on the new book
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