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Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am

Tax-free investments at-a-glance – they could have made you a millionaire!, The Money Blog

Tax-free investments at-a-glance – they could have made you a millionaire!

When tax-free investments were first launched in 1987, you could only put £2,400 into them. Now you could be sitting on a million-pound worth of savings

By | The Money Blog | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 7:01 pm

Stella Creasy, consumer champion, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy, consumer champion

A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

Ibet: Each Way Alternatives To The Favourites In Cheltenham Curtain Raiser, Notebook

Ibet: Each Way Alternatives To The Favourites In Cheltenham Curtain Raiser

Picking Cheltenham winners is the minefield at the best of times, but with horses having run on soft ground for months, and the underfoot conditions now changing to good, we should tread even more carefully as there’s a chance of recent form going out of the window.

By | Notebook, Sport | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 5:56 pm

Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Leek Inquiry

We paid an early visit to Plot 35a on Sunday morning to take parts of a wooden playhouse I have bought for my daughter to play in while I get on with gardening. Tomorrow, with the help of a handyman (because we are hopeless at DIY and I want it to be safe), it will [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 10:29 pm

Dish of the Day: Celebrities and restaurants, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Celebrities and restaurants

The effect a celebrity can have on a business can’t be ignored, no matter what you might think of them – celebrities need to eat just as much as the next person.

By | Dish of the Day | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 6:29 pm

Barking Blondes: The biggest dog show in the world, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: The biggest dog show in the world

We are writing this from Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world.

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 5:47 pm

James of the Broken Shire, Eagle Eye

James of the Broken Shire

I have written a “very sneery” column for The Independent on Sunday about James Brokenshire’s speech to Demos, according to David Goodhart. Goodhart is chair of the Advisory Group at Demos, which I said was a think tank that sounds like an aftershave, so perhaps he was annoyed about that.
Actually, Goodhart thought that I was criticising [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 March 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday, Notebook

Ibet: Red cards could cost Yeovil when they take on in-form Sheffield Wednesday

Yeovil are second bottom of the Championship with only six wins all season from 32 games, the second worst record of wins in the division.

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:54 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards

Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:51 pm

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