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Despite lots of exciting on-field matters, there’s still been time for some rather strange and bizarre goings on away from the pitch to catch my attention.
League One Play Offs
Back Huddersfield at 7/4 with Paddy Power
Huddersfield look the strongest favourites out of all the play-off contenders. They ran Southampton close for the second automatic promotion slot in League One, in the end finishing eight points clear of fourth placed Peterborough. Closer inspection reveals an incredible second half of the season [...]
Last night the House of Lords voted to accept an amendment to the government’s Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill by 188 to 176. The vote has, for the time being, blocked the Government’s attempt to introduce directly elected ‘police and crime commissioners’ in England and Wales. To many, this was a shock result. The introduction of the new directly elected chiefs is, after all, part of the Coalition Agreement and Liberal Democrat whips actively encouraged Liberal peers known to oppose the bill to abstain.
Once more into the breach. Just for the sake of completeness, you understand. No one is going to change their mind. No one has changed their mind on Iraq since Johann Hari in about 2005. But I have started the Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service, so I’ll finish.
A little flurry of excitement among the LBLM&C [...]
Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry team has apologised to Jack Straw (pdf), the former Foreign Secretary (right), for failing to tell him in advance about documents on which it would question him, contrary to its rules:
Because of an oversight by the Inquiry, Mr Straw was not specifically notified in advance that the Inquiry would wish to refer [...]
This week has seen two significant steps in the development of government digital – moving to get more people online, and starting the process of improving government services when they get there.
Rats are the perfect labourer; they enjoy repetitive tasks, are intelligent and are too light in weight to set off landmines. Apopo uses the African giant pouched rat, which is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. These rats are docile, sociable and are able to store and retrieve food underground based on their great sense of smell. In fact, rats have more genetic material relevant to olfaction than any other mammal and are also far cheaper to transport than their dog counterparts.
It’s one of those things that makes you wish that you were a wolf, so that you could tear off your clothes, throw yourself down on your haunches and howl in agony towards the moon. It makes you look at the keyboard into which you’re thudding angry verbs and nouns and makes you ponder how [...]
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Important and passionate article written by Peter Hyman about why he is setting up a free school in Newham in today’s Times, which you can read free on his website.
I was particularly impressed by his assessment of what is wrong with so many schools today:
Schools are too big; children in need of frequent support get lost; [...]
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