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Fighting out of the Fringes: Why is the government not actively and whole-heartedly supporting the future of University-anchored teacher training?, Arts

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 [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 5:01 pm

Commerce and the Common Good, Eagle Eye

Commerce and the Common Good

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 11:22 am

Tunisia is burning…, Notebook

Tunisia is burning…

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 [...]

By | Notebook | Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 9:52 am

Six-Point Lead for Yes Campaign in AV Referendum, Eagle Eye

Six-Point Lead for Yes Campaign in AV Referendum

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?
Yes 36%
No 30%
Don’t [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 7:30 pm

Poll Alert, Eagle Eye

Poll Alert

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 11:19 am

iBet: Back goals at Elland Road, Sport

iBet: Back goals at Elland Road

Championship: Leeds v Scunthorpe
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4 to one with Betfair
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 – [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 1:00 am

“Something is going on with him”, Eagle Eye

“Something is going on with him”

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 10:49 pm

The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of, Sport

The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of

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 [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 5:30 pm

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march, Sport

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march

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.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:45 pm

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?, Eagle Eye

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?

Rich pickings in the wreckage. A second Question to Which the Answer is No about the Queensland floods. The above is number 486 in the series, asked by Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, at the Daily Telegraph.
Thank you to New Humanist.
Number 485 was asked by Accuracy in Media:
Will Piers Morgan Save CNN?
This is, strictly, a Question [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:34 pm

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