Teenage schoolchildren working in the holidays – a massive benefit or a disgrace?

Somehow or other, a silly debate is raging here as to whether or not it is a good thing for teenagers to actually work in holiday time. It was kicked-off a couple of days or so ago when Esther McVey (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) wrote an article encouraging youngsters to go out […]

Prejudice in our British society against the ‘autistic’ – is it justified?

Like with many of the less common disabilities, autism [affecting about three-quarters of a million British people] may be a term that has been heard of by many of us, but as a medical condition it is generally completely unknown or at least misunderstood by most, isn’t it? In other words we don’t really understand […]

Research into Alzheimer’s has stalled – is that the end of all hope?

It will not have escaped the notice of all elderly people and their families that after some twenty years of significant involvement, the world’s biggest drug company Pitzer has just 10 days ago announced terminating its research into dementia and Alzheimer’s, and has also pulled the plug on its work on Parkinson’s, as well, which […]

Education in the United Kingdom – what should children be aiming for?

  Some of our teenage children and grandchildren will be doing their mock GCSE exams at their school this year and indeed may have already begun them. This is probably the start of the most difficult period of time in their educational life, because it is the kick-off for the first truly important competitive qualification […]

General Election ‘Manifestos’ – just Promises. Promises, Promises?

      Well, well, well, some parties so called Manifestos are out this week. Should we have expected them to be jammed full of surprises? No, not really, the only real surprise is that they didn’t appear at the start of the campaign nor even earlier, don’t you think? [MANIFESTO:-     Plaid Cymru (TWO WEEKS […]

A Nursing ‘national disaster’ heading for the United Kingdom’s NHS – oh, that was the headline 3 years ago? Or was it 20 years ago?

   Our beloved NHS is seen now to be chronically short of British nurses, and this has badly affected hospitals’ performance, patent care, morale, and not least financial budgets. Did we not know that was coming then? We certainly did, didn’t we? All those in the know were vitriolic in their public warnings that the […]

English Education – ruined by ideological dogma?

England used to have a very good and efficient state funded secondary school educational system. It was a selective in nature and attempted to stream children according to their ability, determined at aged eleven. Those deemed to be the most intellectually able and have strong academic skills went to Grammar Schools and those with a […]

The demise of a previously proud Nation – “Education, education, education”?

    In Britain, when PM Tony Blair formed his first Labour government in 1997 he set out their top priority as being “Education, education, education”. Whatever one thinks of his three premierships, his insight on that issue was certainly astute, don’t you think? But in his ten years he got well blown off course […]