The leave campaign has picked up momentum and taken a three-point lead over remain in the latest Observer/Opinium poll on the EU referendum. The Brexiters now stand on 43%, while 40% say they support the campaign to keep the UK in the union.
The poll suggests the remain camp has lost four percentage points in the last two weeks, during which Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have relentlessly campaigned on the theme of immigration.
The leave campaign appears to have picked up three percentage points. The potential in the leave campaign’s strategy is reflected in responses suggesting that two in five voters (41%) cite immigration as one of their two most important issues when deciding how to vote. Just over a third (35%) cite Britain’s ability to make its own laws without EU interference and 29% cite the impact of leaving on the UK economy.
Half of the 2,007 people surveyed said they believed that immigration would be under better control if the UK did leave the EU. Twelve percent felt that the UK would have more control if the country retained its EU membership, and 24% said there would be little difference. Read more »
There are all sorts of problems in our prisons, but no one has any ideas on what to do to solve them.
Labour thinks the state should run them again…like that is ever going to result in success.
Michael Gove in the UK though is working on a possible solution.
Inside the Sanders Estes Correctional Center in Dallas, Texas, the inmates grinned and clapped enthusiastically as they listened to a speaker on stage tell them about their potential future as business entrepreneurs.
Sitting in white prison uniforms in the main hall, they were joined not by scowling warders, but by sharp-suited young university graduates who offer to mentor the would-be businessmen in how to set up and grow the small enterprises they will start once released.
For a US state like Texas, where penal policy has a reputation for putting more emphasis on punishment than reform, it is a remarkable scene – and one which Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, plans to replicated in Britain.
This week, when Mr Gove announces a dramatic shake-up of the British penal system at the Tory Party conference in Manchester on Tuesday, he will be tearing at least some pages from Texas’s new tough-love prison reform manual.
The Gove plan is designed to tackle what the out-going chief inspector of prisons called “the violence, squalor and idleness” endemic in the UK system, delegating greater power to governors over budgets to improve educational and vocational programs in prisons.
“We are responsible for these people, we can determine what they do, who they see, what happens, to them 24 hours a day and we don’t devote nearly enough time to educating them,” he said in an interview with the Times.
Faced with soaring prison populations – and matching bills to maintain them – the Texas scheme has cut incarceration rates 12 per cent, enabling the closure of three entire prisons, saving millions of dollars.
In 2008, a year after the first major reforms were implemented, the government saved $444 million (£292.47 million), according to a Texas policy foundation report.
David Cameron is making moves already, and one of his first is guaranteed to bend the left completely out of shape.
He is going to abolish the Human Rights Act.
Michael Gove is making a dramatic return to front-line political combat as David Cameron puts him in charge of Conservative plans to abolish the Human Rights Act.
In the latest moves in the Cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister appointed Mr Gove to the post of Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, which is set to be one of the highest profile positions in the new government.
Mr Gove was demoted to Conservative Chief Whip – a back-room role – last year after antagonising teachers with his radical reforms to schools during his time as Education Secretary.
He fell out of favour with Mr Cameron after causing a major row with Theresa May, the Home Secretary, over slow progress in dealing with Muslim extremism, and was also said to have irritated the Prime Minister by suggesting there were too many old Etonians in the Cabinet.
However, Mr Cameron appears to have rewarded Mr Gove, a long-term friend, for his staunch loyalty as well as his ability to drive through controversial reforms, by putting him in charge of the Ministry of Justice.
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I can’t believe that I’m not in the running for this award.
Now don’t laugh this is deadly (in an Islamic way) serious.
The Islamic Human Right Commission…snort…snigger…Islamic Human Rights Commission…bwahahaha…is holding a gala dinner and awards night.
Islamic Human Rights Commission have announced the nominees for the Islamophobia Awards 2015. Centred around a gala dinner, the event aims to subvert Islamophobia through comedy and revue while simultaneously addressing a serious and significant issue in a creative manner.
This year the awards have been split into four separate categories: UK, International, News Media and Film/Book/TV Series. Nominees were submitted by the general public who had the chance to write in whomever they felt had displayed prominent cases of Islamophobia. The ‘UK’ category sees the likes of David Cameron, Michael Gove and Theresa May as well as the UK government as a whole. Likely contributing factors for each nomination include Gove’s handling of Operation Trojan Horse and May’s enhanced counter-terrorism measures.
The ‘International’ category is not limited in terms of scope; seeing nominees from the USA, France, Germany and Australia. From high-ranking figures such as Angela Merkel to Mayor Marcel Mortreau in France who decided that Muslim pupils at a local school would not be given an alternative meal to pork. ‘News Media’ features both individuals and institutions: FOX News and The Sun received nominations as did columnist Katie Hopkins who famously referred to Palestinians as ‘filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel.’ A host of films received nominations with popular television series Homeland and Citizen Khan also obtaining honours.
Michael Gove has attacked the vested interests in education in the UK. the same issues are facing us here in New Zealand, especially with teacher unions.
Education standards risk being undermined “by vested interests determined to hold back reform”, Michael Gove has said on the eve of a major national teachers’ strike.
In a swipe at classroom unions, the Education Secretary says attempts to reform schools have “not always been easy” because too many teachers believe “things must stay the same”.
Writing for The Telegraph, Mr Gove says large numbers of pupils across Europe – including England – are facing a bleak future unless extra effort is made to raise standards and create more equal access to good schools.
He says teaching standards must improve because too many children are still attending schools that “aren’t good enough”.
The comments are made in a joint article with education ministers from Spain and Portugal as a major international conference is staged in London on Wednesday – just a day before Britain’s biggest teaching union prepares for a national strike over Coalition education reforms.
Education ministers, teachers and school leaders from seven countries are expected to attend the summit co-hosted by the Department for Education.
It is expected to place renewed focus on a series of Government education policies including the creation of a new generation academies and free schools, more freedom for head teachers, an overhaul of the curriculum and a new-style league tables focusing on achievement in core subjects.
Mr Gove has also introduced a wave of reforms aimed at teachers including raising the bar on entry to the profession and a new system of performance-related pay.
The reforms have been met with furious opposition from classroom unions who claim Mr Gove has turned teaching into one of the worst jobs in the world.
On Thursday, the National Union of Teachers will stage a one-day strike across England and Wales in protest over performance-related pay and escalating workload.
It threatens to shut around a quarter of state schools and lead to the partial closure of many more – forcing millions of parents to take the day off work or seek emergency childcare.
But writing in the Telegraph, Mr Gove said the Coalition’s reforms were typical of those being pursued across Europe and the developed world. Read more »
James Delingpole explores the outrage over Jeremy Clarkson reciting a child’s rhyme that contained the dreaded ‘N-word’…because apparently we can’t be grown up enough to use the word nigger to describe what it is that Jeremey Clarkson actually said with offending people who are easily offended.
He has found 10 examples of the use of the word by white people that doesn’t mean that you are a car carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan or that mob of black shirt wearing pansies who in Christchurch.
1. In a quiz, when they’re asked the name of Guy Gibson’s dog in The Dambusters – or, indeed, X 3, the code phrase used by the Lancaster pilots to signal that the dams had been successfully breached.
2. When you’re quoting the name of an Agatha Christie thriller.
3. If someone asks you what NWA stands for.
4. It’s your Latin class and you’re saying the word for “black”.
5. You’re starring as a nasty white person in a liberal-guilt-porn movie such as Twelve Years A Guardian Reader and you are required to make your character more realistic and unpleasant.
6. You’re recalling a great Clint Eastwood scene from Escape From Alcatraz.
7. You’re talking about the funniest moment in the entire history of South Park, when Randy appears on Wheel Of Fortune and the clue is “People who annoy you” – and the word is “N-GGERS”
8. You have become so immersed in rap culture that you think you are black and start referring affectionately even to your white friends as “Homes”, “bro”, “blud”, or “mah niggah”.
9. You are an outspoken controversialist who loathes the stultifying effects of political correctness and wants to test its boundaries.
10. You are in a kitchen with friends, discussing the Jeremy Clarkson “N-word” “scandal”, trying to remember exactly what decade it was that the “N-word” in Eeny Meeny Minie Mo went off-limits.
Michael Gove is by far the best minister of education that has ever lived in modern times.
Unlike Hekia, who like to attend conferences with union hacks, the UK has Gove who is tuned into what parents want and cares not a jot if it upsets the union barons, the politically correct, the right on social set or whoever…he cares about kiddies getting a great education.
On that note he has said that there will be professional consequences for crusading principals who continue to use children as political pawns in their political games.
Headteachers who brainwash children with green propaganda are breaking the law, Michael Gove has suggested.
The Education Secretary has read ‘with concern’ a report which accused ‘activist’ teaching staff of trying to turn pupils into ‘foot soldiers of the green movement’.
It found the marks children were awarded in exams depended on ‘parroting’ the green agenda. And many widely-used textbooks included inaccurate examples.
A spokesman for Mr Gove said: ‘The Secretary of State read this report with concern.
‘Schools should not teach that a particular political or ideological point of view is right – indeed it is against the law for them to do so.’
The study, by a think-tank set up by former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson, warned that ‘eco-activists’ in the education system were urging children to use ‘pester power’ to ensure parents are forced to adopt lifestyle choices dictated in schools.
‘We ﬁnd instances of eco-activism being given a free rein within schools and at the events schools encourage their pupils to attend,’ it said.
‘In every case of concern, the slant is on scares, on raising fears, followed by the promotion of detailed guidance on how pupils should live, as well as on what they should think.’
The Global Warming Policy Foundation report, by Andrew Montford and John Shade, described the teaching of climate science in British schools as ‘disturbing’. Read more »
Alas, only in the UK.
It seems Labour in Britain is aware that Michael Gove is a hero to many with his education reforms, and they want a bit of the action.
Teachers would have to be licensed and could face the sack if they fail to meet tough new standards, the shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has pledged.
In a sign of how Labour hopes to outflank education secretary Michael Gove on teaching standards, Hunt is to revive a plan the last government abandoned on the eve of the 2010 general election.
Teachers would have to show they are meeting the high standards and would be required to undergo training to update their skills.
Under Hunt’s plans, teachers would have their lessons assessed by other teachers in a system overseen by a new Royal College of Teaching. Read more »
Michael Gove has finally pushed the teacher unions into strike action.
Teacher unions are the same the world over. no matter the results they claim they have a world-renowned system, refuse all changes, and oppose any competition to their entrenched old school ways of protecting mediocrity and rewarding tenure.
Moreover they always claim their work load is high yet enjoy the longest holidays of any “profession”. In short they are bludging ratbags.
The two big teaching unions in England and Wales confirm more walkouts over pay, pensions and workload.
Teachers are to stage a one-day national walkout in the autumn in a continuing row over pay, pensions and workload, it was announced today.
Every region in England and Wales will be affected by regional strikes in the first and third week of October, the NASUWT and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said.
This will be followed by a national strike later in the term.
The announcement comes just weeks after the two unions staged a regional walkout in the north west.
The Government has condemned the action. Read more »
Miichael Gove has done wonders in education in the UK, but he has finally made a silly mistake.
Michael Gove, the impressive Secretary of State for Education, has just decreed that the term “gay” cannot be used as an insult. It’s “outrageous and medieval” to do so.
I wonder what he’d have done at the fabulous wedding we attended, last Saturday. A young guest in morning suit used his iPhone to snap a friend in similar attire. He peered at the result: “Oooooooh you look sooooooo gay!” The word, clearly, was interchangeable with “naff” and “chav”: but henceforth, if Mr Gove gets his way, would it land the boy on a sinister register of “hate speakers” – disqualifying him as an applicant for just about any job?
Only the day before, as he faced UK immigration officials, Mr Tony Miano had been afraid of precisely that: was his name on a secret register, and would he be stopped from leaving the country? The American street preacher had been arrested outside Centre Court shopping centre in Wimbledon on July 1. He had been reading from St Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, which condemns homosexuality. A passer-by called the police. Three officers arrived and arrested Mr Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from California, for disorderly conduct. Read more »