Testimony as to why private insurance seen elsewhere in other countries can cause problems, concerns as to availability of GP appointments and demands that the NHS is saved.
Lilian Greenwood MP explained the nature of Labour’s pledge to use a new ‘mansion tax’ to fund extra nurses and doctors so that staff have time to care.
The new movie “Pride” evokes the 80’s and tells big political stories. History. Tales from our own time.
The miner’s strike.
Victimisation of gays.
Public health responses to HIV and AIDS.
Big tales of the time to tell, and the film does it well. Of personal suffering. Of victimisation. Of struggle. Of defeat, and of victory.
Perhaps too much at the expense of one family portrayed.
Perhaps too much of the other worldliness of South Wales – despite them dancing to the same disco music as the rest of the world – well, the women anyway.
But some great humour. A favourite scene – a Welsh gay, returning home after many years, and pretending to be from Rhyl. No – we won’t have that – not someone from North Wales. A wind-up, masterfully executed.
And an excellent, triumphant end, with some sadness.
Authentic. Makes you think about the value of making bigger demands in politics.
Reminds you of some of the events of the time at work and in Nottingham.
One tiny moan. Celebrating the NUM driving the Labour Party conference to adopt gay rights. But no mention of the New Labour government passing the legislation that was sought.
Pleased to join the NUT rally yesterday.
Experience from twelve years as a Chair of a secondary school, where we saw results improve through increased investment, reform, understanding what makes good education and knowing when inspections are designed to help, leaves me in no doubt that these inspections have alternative motives.
Graham Allen MP calls the inspections a “blitzkrieg”;
The Nottingham Post says “Nottingham isn’t a dead-end city full of poor schools and no-hope kids. ”
We must not fail our kids, our teachers and our schools by condoning a new inspection system –
– that is not prepared to understand the challenges that helping those most in need brings;
– that is run by private companies who will not give assurances about the experience of school leadership, or even teaching, that their inspectors have;
– that is run by companies who can then play a role in running a school they declare as wanting.
We can do better.
Even though I enjoyed my own recent appearance on a kind of question time, I do find the format promotes jousting rather than building up understanding.
Take BBC’s Question Time and the most extraordinary assertion by a right-wing pundit that it doesn’t matter what the PISA tests are, only where the UK came in them.
Mary Beard : everything we see of these politicians being mesmerised by these PISA [league] tables is completely bonkers … how many people have looked at the questions in these tests?
Nick Ferrari : what does it matter, we came 25th, what does it matter!
On top of the huge increase in spending on education by the last Labour government, we have done so much to develop our understanding of education.
Now we must do more to improve the wider understanding.
Otherwise we risk the quality of education in this country.