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I believe it was Labour that introduced academies to the education sector so presumably they were trying to 'privatise' the education system and undermine the union hold on pay bargaining.

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I believe it was Labour that introduced academies to the education sector so presumably they were trying to 'privatise' the education system and undermine the union hold on pay bargaining.

Quite possibly. And I still thought it was wrong then. You see, not all of us slavishly follow party doctrine.

Edit to add:

When Labour introduced academies I don't recall them doing so by tagging the legislation on the back of a completely unrelated, non education bill but followed parliamentary democratic process and will have been subject to proper debate and scrutiny.

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It was and now it's gone to another level. It's been coming under performing schools - forced to become academy , brand new schools - had to be academies. It's a win all round for the Tories , they cut back on local authorities , grind down pay and conditions , see education companies come in and clean up in the name of efficiency and see multi trust academies Chief executives paid more than the PM . None of this means that education gets any better though. It's senseless.


Homer: How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

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It was and now it's gone to another level. It's been coming under performing schools - forced to become academy , brand new schools - had to be academies. It's a win all round for the Tories , they cut back on local authorities , grind down pay and conditions , see education companies come in and clean up in the name of efficiency and see multi trust academies Chief executives paid more than the PM . None of this means that education gets any better though. It's senseless.

But some people will get rich. So it's all OK.

And don't forget all the prime house building land the academy companies will be able to get their hands on.


"it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it."

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But some people will get rich. So it's all OK.

And don't forget all the prime house building land the academy companies will be able to get their hands on.

I had always assumed that even if schools were academies the LA still owned the school and the land.

Homer: How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

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i]Mr. Burns: Woah, slow down there maestro. There's a *New* Mexico?[/i]

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Quite possibly. And I still thought it was wrong then. You see, not all of us slavishly follow party doctrine.

Edit to add:

When Labour introduced academies I don't recall them doing so by tagging the legislation on the back of a completely unrelated, non education bill but followed parliamentary democratic process and will have been subject to proper debate and scrutiny.

Labour liked to use the Parliament Act to get through legislation that they thought might struggle. 

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Nope, not cutting tax credits, no-siree.  Just a minor change.  Never mind the will of Parliament previously overturning this when properly debated.

 

Downright dishonest, sleazy and shameful.


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Another bloody Trotskyist...

Andrew Neil @afneil on twitter:

Not exactly sure what making all schools academies has to do with the Budget ...


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It's part of the budget because it completely breaks the union hold on pay bargaining. Academies are exempt from central pay bargaining as they negotiate locally.

 

Exempt from national pay scales and exempt for the national curriculum.

 

If all schools are now academies, what to we call the above average schools?  Super academies?


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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Reports are suggesting Osbourne will break the 2nd of his budget rules tomorrow; failed to cut debt as a % of GDP.

 

So 2 of the rules broken and coming so soon after the autumn windfall statement.


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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Interesting short bit on Academies on Newsnight.

 

In essence, said that there was evidence that failing schools were helped/improved by becoming academies, but there was no evidence that academy status helped 'normal' schools.  

 

Described the move as "evidence base light area" and "There is no evidence that this is going to improve standards".

 

Also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35814215


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35848687

 

 

"I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,"

 

So austerity is political not economic?  who knew?


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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"In common with other outlets we may have given the impression Labour was the deeply divided political party, we now realise..."


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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I wonder what position Boris has promised IDS if he manages to undermine Gideon's leadership campaign...


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I wonder what position Boris has promised IDS if he manages to undermine Gideon's leadership campaign...

I thought you lefties considered Boris to be a buffoon?

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I thought you lefties considered Boris to be a buffoon?

No, he's a very intelligent and ruthless politician. He does commit the odd unintentional gaffe here, there and sometimes in the private parts of people like Poltroonella Wyatt, but also plays the clown deliberately on other occasions, so he comes across as a harmless figure of fun.


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I thought you lefties considered Boris to be a buffoon?

No he's a very clever, ruthless, thoroughly nasty piece of work who plays the buffoon


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No, he's a very intelligent and ruthless politician. He does commit the odd unintentional gaffe here, there and sometimes in the private parts of people like Poltroonella Wyatt, but also plays the clown deliberately on other occasions, so he comes across as a harmless figure of fun.

That is my impression of him but it isn't what many on the left say about him.

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I am angry that he made me vote for something I did not want to vote for, bribing me with a promise and now HE resigns.


 



With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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It's 1992-97 all over again.  Cameron's idiot pledge for a referendum to stop whiners has thrown the grenade into his party this Parliament.  Delayed gratification at its best. :P


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Faisal Islam Retweeted Faisal Islam



This is also extraordinary... Can't recall a PM quibbling with reasons for a cabinet resignation



With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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In unrelated news the DWP lost a court case on Thursday where they were trying to prevent information on universal credits being released under FoI.


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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In unrelated news the DWP lost a court case on Thursday where they were trying to prevent information on universal credits being released under FoI.

 

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar ...  "sources close to IDS" are all over the papers this morning saying that whilst there were tensions about lots of things the key breaking point was the decision to lower Capital Gains Tax at the same time as reducing benefits.  The man's ridden out plenty of data about both universal credits and benefits assessments before now after all.


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