A natural disaster has CERTAINLY struck-down Sulawesi – BUT the Indonesian government have a case to answer?

You will have seen over the past few days the newspapers’ advertisements by the likes of ‘Save the Children’, Oxfam, Red Cross and others, highlighting last Friday’s devastating Sulawesi Tsunami, with their heart rendering pleas for public donations to help the enormous number of victims. As normally happens we can indeed expect the British people […]

Should the United Kingdom State do ‘MORE’ – or ‘LESS’?

The polls show that the majority, and nearly double the number of people, think that the State should actually do more than it does now, than think it should do less – does that surprise us all then? If we look at the political parties then, those in favour of doing LESS include the Conservatives, […]

British Education – Problem that’s solved then?

A previous post here (Programme for International Student Assessment) recounted the demise of education in Britain, as demonstrated by the UK’s sorry performance in OECD’s PISA latest survey on the state of global education – Asian counties topped the pile, while we have dropped down to the mid twenties (fifteen years ago we were in […]

Programme for International Student Assessment

The latest results of worldwide international tests on a country’s academic performance have just been published for 2012(half a million fifteen year olds from some sixty five counties took part). It has been on the go for some 15 years and gets published every three years (parent organisation OECD Paris). China’s region has done well […]