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The Academy Takeover of Roke School Reveals the Gove Agenda

The Academy Takeover of Roke School Reveals the Gove Agenda

Last week Roke Primary School in Croydon was told by the Government that it would be sold to the Harris academy chain. The swift action to take a school out of local authority control is revealing of the Michael Gove agenda which is not, it would seem, about giving power…

Gove may write Mary Seacole out of history

Gove may write Mary Seacole out of history

Mary Seacole, the ‘black Florence Nightingale’, may be removed from the national curriculum raising the question, whose history are we teaching? With a revealing use of pronouns, Michael Gove, Minister for Education told the Conservative Party conference in 2010: “Children are growing up ignorant of one of the most inspiring…

‘India has been jolted into doing something, but for how long?’

‘India has been jolted into doing something, but for how long?’

Right now, all eyes are on India. Everyone wants to know what is going to happen next in the Jyoti Pandey’s rape case. Journalists, residents, activists, students, friends and family of the rape victim are waiting for some justice and serious reform. Too bad no one can get in. On…

Transport for London is taking my bank account for a ride

Transport for London is taking my bank account for a ride

It’s the first day back at uni, and I am late. While running towards the train station, I fish the £78 for my monthly travel ticket out of the wallet. At the ticket machine I desperately start pressing the buttons while holding my Oyster Card to the touchpad. But what’s…

Raising the cost of drinking won’t change culture

Raising the cost of drinking won’t change culture

Sophie Robinson-Tillett suggests that introducing a minimum price for alcohol will not change the ingrained attitudes of UK binge drinkers. The Government’s ten week consultation on the price of alcohol is now halfway through, and decisions will be made on February 8th. The proposed introduction of a minimum cost per…

Counting the cost of Gove’s education reforms

Counting the cost of Gove’s education reforms

Ellie Slee, former student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, gives her view on Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to remove arts from his proposed English Baccalaureate. ‘This week, Michael Gove cherry-picked and squeezed a round of applause out of some ‘arts organisations’. But who were they?…

Lewisham hospital closures: Both sides argue their case

Lewisham hospital closures: Both sides argue their case

As the controversy over the proposed closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units continues, Eastlondonlines has invited  Heidi Alexander,  the MP for Lewisham East, who opposes the closure and the Office of the Trust Special Administrator, which has drawn up the plans, each to present their side of the case.…

Can the press regulate itself? The issues at hand in Leveson

Can the press regulate itself? The issues at hand in Leveson

Today Lord Justice Leveson will publish his recommendations for press regulation following the conclusion of his enquiry in to the phone hacking scandal and others issues of press excess. The concept at hand is whether the regulation of the press should be underpinned by statutory law. A tense atmosphere surrounds…

Our immigration paranoia drives skilled labour out of the country

Our immigration paranoia drives skilled labour out of the country

The writer of this piece completed a postgraduate course as an international student three years ago. He now works for a major British company doing a highly skilled job. He has asked us not to use his name. Despite popular perceptions, getting a visa to stay in the UK after…

International students trusted this country – is this how they are repaid?

International students trusted this country – is this how they are repaid?

  Anurag Tagat will graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London at the end of September. I was not surprised when recent statistics showed student visa applications for the UK have dropped by 21 per cent compared to the previous year.  Since bogus educational institutes were uncovered in 2009, UKBA  has…