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I saw only a small part of Ed Miliband’s interview with Andrew Marr this morning. Enough to know that he looked and sounded more confident than he did in yesterday’s disappointing speech.
Now I have had time to read the transcript, and can confirm my assumption in the previous post that, while the style might have [...]
Fighting out of the Fringes: Why is the government not actively and whole-heartedly supporting the future of University-anchored teacher training?
Almost all of us have heard at least one variation of: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach teachers.” Woody Allen’s “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym” is always fun to place under your favourite PE teacher’s nose. Hopefully though we know it [...]
Ed Miliband won good notices for his interview with Andrew Marr this morning, which help to offset the poor reviews of his speech to the Fabian Society yesterday.
Much of this is to do with style, which is important (good today, not so good yesterday), but my column for The Independent on Sunday is about the [...]
On Saturday morning, 100 people gathered outside the Tunisian embassy in London. The blustering wind could not dampen their spirit; a revolution had happened. A girl standing next to me introduces herself as Kaouther Ferjani; she says that her father was a political opponent of President Ben Ali, and she has been unable to visit [...]
ComRes for the The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow asked the official question drafted by the Electoral Commission (the Government’s earlier version, right) for the referendum in May:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?
We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. As well as the usual voting intention question, we have asked people how they would vote in the May referendum by putting to them the wording of the official question, proposed by the Electoral Commission:
At present, the UK uses the “first [...]
Championship: Leeds v Scunthorpe
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Leeds have provided fantastic entertainment at Elland Road this season. Their 13 games have produced 49 goals at a whopping average of 3.76 per game. They meet Scunthorpe on Saturday who have yet to register an away draw all season – [...]
A lot of people have commented, and brilliantly, on Barack Obama’s Tucson speech on Wednesday. But this is the biscuit. Peggy Noonan (right), one of the greatest political wordsmiths, and a conservative, who has been bitingly dismissive of the President recently, hails the speech in the grandest terms:
About a third of the way through, the [...]
This year the Balloon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards merged and, as with everything FIFA awards, the winner was undeserving (although at least Qatari forward, Yusef Ahmed, didn’t win). The new award broke the conventions of its predecessors and was actually awarded to the best player in the world. This [...]
In a topsy-turvy year that contained controversy, elation and the retention of the Ashes, England are proving themselves to be world-beaters. Two heavyweights in the shape of Sri Lanka and India are making the trip to Blighty next year, but in 2010, we have seen a disciplined, confident and fearless side that have merited every success achieved.
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