And why is 'win at all costs' politics preferable?
Ansgar Allen's book traces our obsession with assessment, standards and measurement in modern education. It is both an unsettling history and a provocative call for resistance.
London’s housing ‘crisis’
is not a result of faceless economic forces: it has been carefully
prepared and legislated over a number of years to serve the interests of those who benefit from it.
Not quite. Here’s one thing you can do about it.
election debate in Scotland saw Patrick Harvie snubbed for being “too radical”. It is this kind of hubris that sustains our dystopian status quo.
Warwick University’s new ‘Teach Higher’ initiative aims to
centralise ‘casual’ academic work. This move will only exacerbate the problem
of precarious labour in the university.
author of the recent BBC history Pinkoes
and Traitors responds to her critics, arguing for the book’s contemporary
Jean Seaton’s book on BBC in the 70s
and 80s has been widely faulted. But is there some intrinsic reason why writing
histories of the BBC is so difficult?
She's one of the few people who could take the Conservatives out of their terminal decline - and save the union.
In its recent appointments to the BBC Trust, the
government has deeply associated our public broadcaster with the arms trade.
Why aren’t we talking about this?
at the distance between the Westminster parliamentary system and those to whom
elected representatives are ultimately accountable, the Chartists had a point –
in fact, at least six points.
Would we be more innovative and prosperous if property was not a national obsession?
Hodge, chair of Britain's PAC, attacks individuals and organisations with the impunity afforded by parliamentary privilege. What happens when she gets it wrong? Nothing.
Britain's constitution is being re-written in Daily Mail and Telegraph headlines to keep Labour out; and Labour's Jim Murphy is helping them.
Government reforms put prisoners and staff at risk. A frontline officer talks to Prison UK’s Alex Cavendish. (See also How to survive in prison, by a former inmate).
The Scots indyref was a watershed moment. But the debate hasn't gone away and large parts of pro-union opinion seem more angry and in dismay than they did last year. This points to future problems for the continuation of the UK.
Amid a crisis of suicides and assaults across prisons in England and Wales, one former inmate offers advice on staying safe. (See also: Danger, overcrowding, no time to talk: a UK prison officer speaks out).
silence on the devastating impact of last-minute supermarket order
It has long been recognised that extreme inequality has many serious social consequences, as well as causing economic fragility and weakness - now the time has surely come to act.
City University and OurBeeb seminar on the future of the BBC was held on
Thursday 26 March. This time, a real consensus began to emerge.
Those working in higher education now face a choice - capitulate to the de facto privatisation of universities, or fight it.
The media said we intimidated Nigel Farage's children in his local pub. Britain First attacked us for it. Here's what really happened.
However much we like to pretend that corruption is something that happens in other, lesser countries, the reality is that corruption is now rife in Britain. Why is no one talking about it?
Amid saturation media coverage of the coming UK general election, corporate control of big news organisations goes unquestioned. Yet if the public could vote on that, they'd change it.
hype has already begun with promises of a radical overhaul of Ofsted and a
middle tier of accountability to provide more effective school governance. But how achievable are these aims?
With less than 8 weeks until the drama of the next UK
parliamentary election culminates, Olaf Corry asks what role will climate
The desire for political parties to sound tough on immigration does not come from any factual evidence of immigration having deleterious consequences.
Unless we act to prevent it, we are likely to have genetically modified
food on our supermarket shelves, soon.
It's the UK general election leaders' debates. Cameron probably needs a game changer if he's going to win, while Leanne Wood and Nicola Sturgeon are the likely stars of the show.
Actors, charities and NGOs rally around the Joseph Rowntree Charitable
Trust, which has ‘a long and distinguished record of support for important
civil society work’, in a dispute described here
The British political elite has relentlessly demanded the SNP be excluded from government after May 7. Why are they so quiet on the DUP?
Despite the best efforts of government, every now and again small murmurings of local democracy do break out. And they can be fun.
There seemed to be one obvious thing missing from Channel 4's much discussed programme: namely, that 'race' doesn't really exist.
To maintain British biological and veterinary research, we need to think honestly and critically about campaigns against animal studies.
Think tanks are constantly churning out reports yet barely anyone reads them. So this is what we have created to make sure brilliant ideas are not left buried in unread PDFs.
The British Government is opposed to the death penalty “in all circumstances” . . . Except when it’s not.
This isn't a National Health Service - or even a healthcare market. It's a cabal - and it looks something like this.
As Assemblies for Democracy meet this Spring, citizens are starting to ask what real democracy is. Democracy doesn't need heroes or heroines, but level-headed good practitioners.
In seven years of working on the graveyard shift at the Most
Successful Bank in the Universe, what I saw was pretty shocking.
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