Public service reform
I have commented before on how Liz Kendall, shadow minister for care and old people, seems to understand “people power” in public services, even if her boss, Andy Burnham, has departed from the true path of Blairite reform.
Anyway, she is at it again in a speech today: talking sense about giving users of care services [...]
This article of mine, from The Independent on Sunday, 26 October 2008, seems to have been washed away from the Google-indexed part of the internet by the ceaseless waves of entropy, so I re-post it here, in the light of today’s report in The Independent that Michael Gove wants to allow schools to be run for profit.
I interviewed Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, for The Independent on Sunday today. He defended himself from the charge thrown at him by David Cameron that he had presided, as Health Secretary 2009-10, over a “sinister culture of cover-up” in the NHS; but he also talked about lessons learned and set out his vision [...]
Sentence of the Day is this 129-word put-down from Michael Gove’s letter to his shadow, Stephen Twigg:
I am sure your speech was the result of a well-thought-through reflection on schools policy and all of the above questions were considered, and fully addressed, in preparation for your announcement and so you will be able to reply [...]
Earlier today in the House of Commons:
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) (Lab):
The Secretary of State will appreciate that I cannot speak about the detailed implementation of his reforms, but does he agree that an emphasis on rigorous qualifications and on obtaining core academic subjects is not, as is sometimes argued, contrary to [...]
Sonia Sodha, who used to be an adviser to Ed Miliband, says Labour has to prepare for public service reform in case it wins the next election. And she says, from her new home at the Social Research Unit, that the party needs to rehabilitate Blairite top-down targets:
The most popular narrative is that the Labour [...]
Another furiously aspiring speech from Michael Gove today:
All of us who are parents would be delighted if our children were learning to love George Eliot, write their own computer programmes, daring to take themselves out of their comfort zone and aspiring to be faster, higher or stronger.
Unless, of course, we write for Guardian Education…
Jacqueline Wilson [...]
Catching up on my reading. This from the Washington Post last month is interesting on the movement among Democratic mayors in America for schools reform, often striving to overcome opposition from teachers’ unions.
There are two big battles. One over tenure: the guarantee of a job for life for most teachers, which makes it hard to [...]
John Blake of Labour Teachers has responded on his personal blog to Michael Gove’s recent praise of him, and to the depressingly predictable reaction of some of his fellow Labour supporters:
I am passionately committed to the Labour Party and the achievement of a Labour government as soon as possible and for as long as possible. [...]
I was intrigued by a line in Michael Gove’s speech to teachers and headteachers today:
I’m also an admirer of John Blake of Labour Teachers, who has transcended party politics to praise all schools which succeed for their pupils, even if they are academies or free schools…
I hadn’t come across Blake before, but I was sure [...]
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