December 8th, 2011

Silence of the Pink ‘Un

Another day and another good secret camera sting. This time it’s the Telegraph catching out exam board officials briefing teachers, for cash, what will be in the exams in order for their pupils to up their grades. Nearly every other paper has picked up the scoop, except one. The FT…

It’s not their education correspondent Chris Cook’s ongoing grudge against Gove that is the issue this time, instead the answer lies significantly above his pay grade. Pearson PLC who own the FT also owns Edexcel – one of the the exam boards named in the Telegraph story. Move along people, nothing to see here…


199 Comments

  1. 1
    nellnewman says:

    What an absolutely fantastic job the last labour government did on our education system. bullyballs should be so proud to realise he wrecked it almost singlehandedly , with the help of course of edexcel.

  2. 2
    Sage Of Bracken House says:

    No FT, No comment!

  3. 3
    Lou Scannon says:

    Edexcel sounds like the spreadsheet that Blinky uses for all his dodgy calculations.

  4. 4
    UKIP says:

    I stopped reading the FT almost a decade ago after two decades of reading it. I just could no longer stomache its breatheless cheerleading for the EU and the crony capitalism of Bliar, Berlusconi and their ilk.

  5. 5
    Wayne says:

    Fanx 2 laybear, i Gott rEALy guD eDJUkayshon.

  6. 6
    Awaiting moderation says:

    Free Emma West

  7. 7
  8. 8
    Arthur says:

    Nothing new here. Teaching to the exam has been going on for donkeys’ years. The person I took over from did it as does the person who took over from me. If you know what questions are coming up then you would be bloody negligent not to teach your students the answers.

  9. 9
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Another farce! Answer must surely be to scrap all examining boards and replace with a single entity with questions drawn from any part of the curriculum.

  10. 10
    Labour says:

    Schools shouldn’t produce winners. Everyone must be equal. Competitiveness is wrong.

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Does Billy work for Bell Pottinger?

  12. 12
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Cash for questions – will not go away.

  13. 13
    Ed "Hitler" Balls says:

    So What! Schools must not produce winners.

  14. 14
    Prof Aaron D Highside says:

    Time for some old-style education:
    1. Comparatives, e.g. i) as impartial as the Speaker ii) as dignified as the Speaker’s wife.
    2. Superlatives, e.g. i) Gorbals Mick is more regal than Prezzer ii) lots of leftie luminaries lead champagne lives.

    Next time – alliteration.

  15. 15
    Labour voter says:

  16. 16
    Southern Softy says:

    Balls should never be allowed near children again.

  17. 17
    Taxfodder says:

    One can’t help feeling the pink’un is just as bent as the rest when it comes to unpalatable home truths.

    I thought the FT was above making it up to suit their argument clearly no better than the gutter press then!

  18. 18
    Labour says:

    We made sure cash for peerages went away.

  19. 19
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    http://rt.com/news/fox-moscow-fake-riots-281/

    FOX Lies!

    Fox News caught banged to rights by Russia Today.

    I wonder why Sky News isn’t reporting this :-)

  20. 20
    Loungelizard. says:

    It’s called multitasking, education and the economy simultaneously wrecked. High time Balls hit the lecture circuits in the USA.

  21. 21
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Free Fred West

  22. 22
    MrAngry61 says:

    +1

    I used to get a free copy every morning but it wasn’t even worth that.

  23. 23
    Unintentionally ironic comment of the century. He's actually referring to football fans, not a certain political party. says:

    http://twitter.com/dpmcbride/status/144552572215246848

  24. 24
    MrAngry61 says:

    Free Ambaro Maxamed, Ayan Maxamed, Hibo Maxamed and Ifrah Nur.

    Oh, they were never gaoled.

    (‘Kill the white slag’)

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh er….

    Morning Guido/Neo Guido *Waves* and fellow window lickers :-)

  26. 26
    Why, has Gordon hit them already? says:

  27. 27
    Blockbuster video says:

    Free Willy.

  28. 28
    Gonk says:

    Subject – How to sweat and salute in sedentary positions.

  29. 29

    The financial times

  30. 30
    Col Nut says:

    And they shouldn’t sit on his knee when he’s dressed as Santa.

  31. 31
    MrAngry61 says:

    Or (the Libertarian stance?) allow skools to set their own exams, as happened before the onset of O levels.

    More seriously, why not adopt the International Baccalaureate program in full? It starts at age 3, is an internationally recognised set of qualifications and would be less susceptible to degradation.

  32. 32
    Loungelizard. says:

    No Billy, Screw Fix is not a dating agency.

  33. 33
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    When Ed Balls removed science from the KS2 SATs exams I thought at the time that there could be no educational reason or benefit for doing so.

    With the recent revelation of Labour asking the unions for their input into parliamentary affairs the penny dropped.

    Balls is bad for childrens education.

  34. 34
    Gonk says:

    Never trust a self-proclaimed expert in spreadsheets.
    They always talk bollocks.

  35. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  36. 36
    MrAngry61 says:

    A friend attended a state skool which firmly adhered to the principle of excellence – he came top of his class – and was awarded two boiled sweets at the Founders Day for achievement. Every other pupil received a single sweet for trying.

    He felt cheated and his parents were incandescent.

  37. 37
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  38. 38
    nellnewman says:

    Please don’t take gordon to see them.

  39. 39
    nellnewman says:

    bullyballs was disastrous for our children’s education. I’m not much of a fan of the coalition but at least Gove seems to be improving things.

  40. 40
    She happily accepted a honour and only returned it after Benjamin Zepheniah rejected his. That's real principles! says:

    Trashbin Alibi Clown on Channel 5. She says Yvette Cooper should be Labour leader.

  41. 41
    MrAngry61 says:

    The europhilic stance, especially in the Comment pages is sickening. And the articles (with the notable exception of some of the guest business leaders) tended to sophistry and pedantry, exactly like a Marxist polemic.

  42. 42
    She happily accepted a honour and only returned it after Benjamin Zepheniah rejected his. That's real principles! says:

    Trashbin Alibi Clown just said Cameron is not a good looking man. Isn’t this the same Trashbin who always condemns ad hominem attacks?

  43. 43
    Goddess, Empress, Dictator, Frau Merkel says:

    Don’t worry about this, a new German education system will be imposed on you soon. Now where are my Cameron and Sarkozy poodles and little Cleggy hamster?

  44. 44
    ex-Tory says:

    A slap on the wrist for racially aggravated ABH on a white girl, but jail with no bail for complaining about immigration on a tram. The white English are second class citizens in their own Country.

  45. 45
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    True, Gove does seem to have a passion for education, speaks his mind and is certainly on the ball.

    Balls was never on the ball.

  46. 46
    School says:

    It would have been discriminatory not to give the others a sweet.

  47. 47
    Education,ejjercation, edyukayshun says:

    Wassamatter bro ?? Innit.

  48. 48
    Rip van Wrinkle says:

    That’s OK then Arthur. Let’s just all cheat, shall we? That’ll teach our children how to think and act.

    Boy, you’re such a role model.

  49. 49
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Iv mi teechur adunt cheetid
    an elped me wiv me eggsams i wunt av got 9 strayt g’s init !

  50. 50
    Skool Swat says:

    So thats what the new english teacher gets up to in the common room at break.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    That’ll look good on the cv; awarded 2 boiled sweets for being top student in class. ROFLMHO.

  52. 52
    Internet Tuff Guy says:

    lol

  53. 53
    Sarah Twatter says:

    Does anyone think I need help ??

  54. 54
    Angry of London says:

    Actually, you’d be negligent not teaching your students how to read, write and understand the world around them. After the sh*t shower of our education system the young of the UK will encounter real life. No-one’s going to ‘coach’ them through that (unless you count Liebour’s Benefits Nation).

    I’d honestly like to get a UK job applicant who can (a) write in something other than bad txt speak and (b) add up two numbers in their head without using their mobile phone. Still looking. Got a good French graduate who speaks English better than the UK applicants though. Go figure.

  55. 55
    Selohesra says:

    She’s not really a stunner herself

  56. 56
    Mike Hancoock says:

    What’s pink and hard in the mornings?

    Clue: I don’t do crosswords

  57. 57
  58. 58
    Ed Balls, Shallow Chancer says:

    Do I get a prize for helping ruin the education system and also destroying the U.K’s finances ?

    Oh, wait – we don’t believe in giving out prizes in Liebour, do we ?

  59. 59
    The Billionaires Club says:

    Never apologise, never explain

  60. 60
    Mornington Crescent says:

    +104.

    With so many dopey City spivs (some of whom live on here) still reading such uninformed crap, no wonder the country’s in the doo-doo.

  61. 61
    Angry of London says:

    Because most of our students will fail it. Not good for the ever-sustaining Liebour politik view of the sun ever rising over the potato fields (shiny new tractors at every gate).

    It’s a bit like asking the BoE to stop doing QE. The moment they do we’ll have a 5-10% economic contraction. Not good for the ‘safe-haven’ nonsense peddled by Libeour-Lite Georgey ‘don’t call me Darling’ Osborne. So we’ll keep doing QE until someone far more sensible takes the toys away.

    Likewise with the education system. Grade inflation until all of our young are drooling spastics incapable of drawing a cross for their signature. It started in Europe (or was it Amercia?). No, honest, it really did (f*ckwits).

  62. 62
    BBC Viewer says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t know what you’re talking about, I haven’t seen or read anything about this.

  63. 63
    Really really really says:

    Don’t bother waking up tomorrow

  64. 64
    The BBC says:

    Move along please, nothing to see here…

  65. 65
    jgm2 says:

    There is a big difference between looking at (say) the last five years exam papers and ‘question-spotting’ and targeting revision accordingly – which I did, as a student, myself back in the day. You are at least taking a gamble that the examiners might not be so lazy this year and use a variation of the same 10 or 12 questions they’ve always used.

    But that is a world away from the examiners removing any doubt by telling certain, favoured, individuals which bits of the curriculum to concentrate on for this year. Nudge, nudge.

    Of course Labour and teachers and their unions don’t give a hoot because these ‘improved’ exam results are used to push the myth that teachers are becoming ‘better’ and that students are becoming ‘better’ and that all that money they ‘invested’ was money well spent. And look – here’s the proof – improved results and 50% of kids at university.

    Whereas all we really have is the same plankton five years older and 30K in debt before they become unemployable. As evidenced by the ‘shock’ rates of unemployment amongst 18 – 25 year-olds now that the Maximum Imbecile is no longer hiring idiots fresh out of university to hide in council offices.

  66. 66
    Major Eyeswater says:

    Such a strange thing to say and yet profoundly true.

  67. 67
    Obituary Ed says:

  68. 68
    Dr Prawn says:

    The rot started under Shirley Williams she of unkempt appearance and sloppy personal habits.

    In 1980 I had a meeting with the Head of my sons’ secondary school because I was alarmed with their poor spelling. I was told not to worry and that spelling was just a detail and irrelevant in the scheme of things. To this day, all in senior positions, they struggle without Wordcheck.

  69. 69
    Obituary Ed says:

  70. 70
    Obituary Ed says:

  71. 71
    Ed Says she is GUILTY of a SERIOUS CRIME says:

  72. 72
    jgm2 says:

    I’m 100% committed to social justice too. You get out what you put in. What could be more socially justified than that?

    You fuckers have perverted it to meaning you get out what some other stupid bastard pays in.

  73. 73
    Rosemary West says:

    Bit late for him, wouldn’t you say?

  74. 74
    jgm2 says:

    Should have gone to Edexcel. Then France would still have A*A*A* rating.

  75. 75
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Not to mention abolishing teaching of foreign languages in schools – and his chum MiliMajor closing the FO’s own language school – just when the world is becoming a smaller place. We now have children/young adults who can barely scrape by in English let alone the language and culture of another country.

  76. 76
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    So thats how you get a AAA stars.

    No different to how government govern. Its all a massive Ponsi Scheme

  77. 77
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  78. 78
    Yvette Cooper and her interview technique.. says:

    What people really want to know is…

    What people are asking me on the doorsteps of my constituency are…

  79. 79
    BBC appendum says:

    Of course this never happened under Labour. Just like the phone hacking is all the fault of the T*ry/Murdoch press who certainly did not do anything like this while they were supporting Labour.

  80. 80
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    Billy do you Frenchman on the loo limerick again.

    It’s needed now more than ever with the credit agencies trigger finger getting itchy.

  81. 81
    Selohesra says:

    What do you think he means by “Labour to the core”? – milker of expenses and believer of having right to benefits he was not entitled to?

    I thought you were only supposed to say nice things about people when they died – ‘Labour to the core’ seems a pretty spitefull and mean spiited remark to me

  82. 82
    Stevie Wonder says:

    I would

  83. 83
    Tony Blair Socialist Hero says:

    We are whiter than white

  84. 84
    Gonk says:

    Sarah Brown frightens me very much. So much so, I have to
    buy some sweets after exposure.

  85. 85
    genghiz the kahn says:

    The press also overlooked the publication of ‘endorsed’ textbooks written by The Examiners for the courses they were setting.

  86. 86
    Where's a 'community leader' when you need one says:

    Notice also how the murder of a white lad in London last weekend by an ethnic gang soon disappeared from the news after barely a day.

    State policy seems to be ‘play up race attacks by whites, play down race attacks on whites’.

  87. 87
    Major Eyeswater says:

    To state the bleeding obvious: grade inflation happens because all parties are incentivised to have higher grades: the exam boards compete to have the easiest papers which they know smart teachers will select in order to boost results. Throwing in extra “nudge-nudge” services makes perfect sense – the underlying concept (“easiest wins”) is the basic competitive model that prevails between the exam boards today.

    Why not get a bit Austrian and introduce a gold standard? Rank all exam entries from a single board’s exam into percentiles, award an A for a top 10% placing, a B for an 11-20th percentile placing and so on. An end to “all shall have prizes” and the absurdity of needing A* grades at all. Would also make relative school performance totally transparent. And the unions would probably turn blue and explode with fury – surely a recommendation for any policy.

  88. 88
    jgm2 says:

    ‘Labour to the core’ seems a pretty spitefull and mean spiited remark to me

    Indeed.

    Like proclaiming somebody is a ‘brilliant politician’. Right up there with being remembered as a ‘brilliant mass-murderer’ or a ‘brilliant liar’.

  89. 89
    Loungelizard. says:

    Had either of these two had recent meetings with Gordon Brown?

  90. 90
    Teechaspet says:

    Oi! Yu spellt won of them rite – yu bin payin atenshun or sumfink?

  91. 91
    Fake Billy © says:

    A Frenchman went into the lavatory
    And he was there for half a day
    When he finished he couldn’t find the paper
    So he shouted out in dismay
    Ou est le papier?
    Ou est le papier?
    Monsieur, monsieur, je fais manure
    Ou est le papier ?

  92. 92
    Joss Taskin says:

    He was a gifted trougher too, wasn’t he ?

  93. 93
    jgm2 says:

    Rank all exam entries from a single board’s exam into percentiles, award an A for a top 10% placing, a B for an 11-20th percentile placing and so on

    That’s what used to happen I believe. To allow for variation in the ‘easiness’ or ‘difficulty’ of examinations from one year to the next. Of course schools still used to shop around. I’m pretty sure our school selected an examination board which catered to a largely stupid area of the UK (as opposed to the affluent South East) figuring that by heavily weighting the number of students with wasters and dullards we, at our grammar school, stood a better chance of improved grades.

    Worked too.

  94. 94
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Hello landlord.

  95. 95
    THE FOURTH REICH says:

    Today the provincial governors are summoned to a meeting where they will be given new orders.

    The measures will further develop the economy and greater glory of the Fatherland.

    Seig Heil.

  96. 96
    Expat having seen much of the world already says:

    Then WTF does Hague not reopen it? Britdips around the world are (or now maybe were) famed for their excellent mastery of the local language(s) in whichever country they were posted. Still not too late to catch up. Mind you, many of them arrived already having A level or higher language competence. But if foreign languages are no longer taught in schools, that might be a problem for the newbies.

  97. 97
    Engineer says:

    The world functioned perfectly satisfactorily before the invention of spreadsheets. What’s so special about them? What’s wrong with a piece of paper, a pencil and a bit of concentration?

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    I like conditional formatting, though?

  99. 99
    Wheelybin says:

    If the wheels fell off you will have to blame that Clarkson bloke for cornering too fast and too deep

  100. 100
    Wheelybin says:

    What people reslly want to know is…. when is Gasbag Ali Baba going to fuck off back to Africa where it is now quite safe to live?

    Ditto what people are asking on their doorsteps.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Watch the whole thing:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/07/female-gang-who-attacked-woman-spared-jail_n_1133734.html

    Is it okay to say ‘Islamic trash’? Or is that wrong for white English people?

    Thank god we have clever liblabcon judges who understand these things so we don’t have to.

  102. 102
    jgm2 says:

    It would have taken Brown so much longer to reverse-engineer his budgetry forecasts without a spreadsheet.

  103. 103
    Wheelybin says:

    Yo bro – an ah is blacka dan blackk. U B wacist?

  104. 104
    Selohesra says:

    Confuscius say – Engineer with constipation works it out with pencil :)

  105. 105
    They're All Disgusting says:

    Cash for US Senate seat– now Rod Blagojevich is going away.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blagojevich-gets-14-years-prison-corruption-183334615.html

    One day you’re getting bunged up, the next day you’re getting banged up.

  106. 106
    melted face says:

    Havent the hordes of Jocks come down to get Matthew Wright yet?

  107. 107
    Selohesra says:

    You think he did his budgets using the goal-seek function? – would explain a lot

  108. 108
    Engineer says:

    True, but so would Zimbabwe.

  109. 109
    Lord Stansted says:

    As in so many areas of modern Britain, the problems comes from the takeover of institutions by “professionals”: managers and politicians. They have a vested interest in seeing their little empires top of the whatever false league table in in fashion. Whereas if the people in charge were real practioners, it is unlikely they would allow debasement of a job they loved. Such people no longer exist, of course. Labour finally killed them off, along with honour, truth, gold reserves and thousands of Iraqi civilians – oh, and a few hundred UK military lives too. As Blair said, a new day has indeed dawned.

  110. 110
    Top Gear, the n*gger in the woodpile says:

    Are there any institutions not infiltrated by marxist placemen these day? I can think of only one……Top Gear. Little wonder lefty/green bedwetters start foaming at the mouth at the very mention of Jeremy Clarkson FFS.

  111. 111
    a non says:

    Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Ergo knowledge corrupts.

    Consequently the ploy to curtail / bend education standards by limiting their scope can easily mislead the dregs of an electorate into thinking that they are more educated than they really are. This has been and always will be Labour’s lever into power. Sheep to the slaughter!

  112. 112
    The Paragnostic says:

    You’re spot on with the old ranking systems, jgm2 – at my school when we took A-levels back in 81, we didn’t indulge in question picking either. We learned the whole syllabus (and the school deliberately picked the board with the widest syllabus), because the purpose of schooling was to prepare us for life, and you never know what life’s going to throw at you.

    So we now have not only grade inflation due to a change in the way grades are allocated (thus producing the mistaken impression that kids are becoming brighter and / or better taught), but also due to examination boards selling to schools a way to game the system.

    No wonder the universities often have to teach first year students how to write coherent English or do moderately difficult sums, and employers have to deal with illiterate, innumerate clods with several A* GCSE passes.

  113. 113
    Non-socialist worker says:

    The FT-another example of a once admired British institution that has been discredited and devalued by the perverse values of our left-liberal ruling class.

  114. 114
    Ed on the Dead says:

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    Engineer says:

    Makes you wonder what some in the ‘education establishment’ think their responsibility is.

    Do we want a system that educates youngsters to the best of their individual abilities, or a cosy cabal of mutually back-scratching education establishment insiders looking after each other?

    PS – The FT is smug, santimonious, overpr*ced rubbish, which has been consistently wrong on every major economic matter for the last thirty years.

  116. 116
    God's Holy Trousers says:

    jgm2 my brother was a teacher for a few years whilst the sewer party occupied office. This kind of shit was going on wholesale with the “all must have prizes” mentality. He tried blowing the whistle on it but no one was interested. The teachers are all in on it as they want to keep their chances of climbing the greasy pole intact.

  117. 117
    The Bookies' Best Punter says:

    Stick to ref’ing football matches, it’s what you do best. I’ve seen your work on more occasions than I can count.

  118. 118
    The Paragnostic says:

    Don’t forget the slide rule and the book of tables, Eng ;-)

  119. 119
    Morbid ED says:

  120. 120
    Engineer says:

    Absolutly. One of mankind’s most versatile inventions, the pencil.

  121. 121
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  122. 122
    The Paragnostic says:

    But she is in custody “for her own protection”. It said so in the paper, so it must be true.

    They could have just sectioned her and put her in hospital, but no – jail it is. And all for speaking the truth.

  123. 123
    Engineer says:

    I must be one of the last people to be taught how to use a slide rule and log tables at skool.

    Never used ‘em since.

    Worth reflecting that Concorde was designed with slide rules and log tables.

  124. 124
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    “Woke up this morning wondering how the pandas are settling in” is in fact a blues classic, first recorded in 1947 by Eustace “Syphilis” Waller.

  125. 125
    Rip van Wrinkle says:

    I can’t believe it. You mean, those saintly teachers are more worried about their own interests than they are about the children they teach? But the BBC told me otherwise.

    Anecdotal: My niece, real sweetie, primary teacher, couldn’t place where France and Germany are on an empty outline of Europe when she started teaching. Kind o’ sums it up.

  126. 126
    Engineer says:

    Given Brown’s eyesight, I suppose he might have needed the back of a roll of wallpaper. He could roll that both ways.

  127. 127
    The Paragnostic says:

    That’s OK – a Jamaican friend describes Somalis as “fucking savages”. Even the other Muslims can’t stand them.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    It is like window cleaner calling himself vision engineer.

  129. 129
    What do you expect? says:

    Media outlet doesn’t cover article due to vested interest shocker.

  130. 130
    jgm2 says:

    Oh definitely. He started from where he wanted to end and worked his way backwards.

    I want to squander umpty billion quid for which I need ‘x’ growth. Therefore growth will be ‘x’.

    Same as Blair’s war in Iraq. I want a war in Iraq to try and emulate Fatcher’s popularity after the Falklands and to keep my head up George Dubya’s arse therefore I need to create a ‘reason’ for a war in Iraq.

    Same with their education policy. We need to ‘prove’ all this money we’re squandering is improving education therefore, four years after we get into power, we will employ every single graduate from 2001/2 and hide them in council offices and NHS corner offices. Using more borrowed money if necessary.

    I need to be found ‘not guilty’ of starting the Iraq war therefore I will limit the remit of the enquiry to the single question ‘If you were given this document would it be reasonable to act as if Iraq was a clear and present danger’. No questions at all about how many times I sent the document back and had it re-written precisely so that I could use it in just such an enquiry.

    And so on and so forth.

  131. 131
    Rt Hon Enoch "Nucky" Powell says:

    Well, we would be, had you listened to me 40 years ago.

  132. 132
    Lord Stansted says:

    When I worked in the City, the FT stayed in Reception.

  133. 133
    The Paragnostic says:

    Union cash for questions, or the Bell Pottinger bullshitters?

  134. 134
    Selohesra says:

    Probalby cost that much to chisel the bogies of Brown’s wall and fill in the nokia dents – anyway not doing so would have taken money out of the economy thus causing the recession

  135. 135
    jgm2 says:

    The school didn’t indulge in question picking. But I did. I’m a lazy bastard. Worked all through university too. You think examination boards are/were lazy? They’re a whirlwind of imagination and industry compared to university lecturers and their question-setting.

    But there is a risk and I was caught out once and had to ‘wing’ the exam.

    Can’t get cross at anybody but yourself when that happens.

  136. 136
    Jesus Wept says:

    +0.32

  137. 137
    Russell Grant says:

    Did he turn into a fatty?

  138. 138
    Loungelizard. says:

    Labour see the state education system as an opportunity for the indoctrination of youth.

  139. 139
    Gordon Brown Labour to his core. RIP says:

    Any chance of a tweet about Gordon then Ed?

  140. 140
    Loungelizard. says:

    Is there no professional help available for this woman. Perhaps on the national health as I understand neither she nor her husband directly receive any money for the very wonderful work they undertake on behalf of the world. She needs help, free treatment for her would be the right thing to do

  141. 141
    Steve from Al Leicesteristan says:

    One law for Somali immigrants, one law for the indigenous population:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8937856/Muslim-women-not-used-to-drinking-walk-free-after-attack-on-woman.html

    How come only white British are ever charged with racism?

    Sick of it – shut the borders you muppets.

  142. 142
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Would have cost that much to successfully fumigate it.

    Note I used the word “successfully”.

  143. 143
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    What the State cant allow is detering the immigration policy that will divide an conquer this country. As we have seen in the USA The constitution destroyed as most immigrants cant even read it let alone defend it.

  144. 144
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Top Gear went off the rails went that nice Mr. Baxter left, dear.

  145. 145
    The Paragnostic says:

    I used a slide rule for my O-levels (1979), just to be perverse. I even used tables rather than a calculator for Physics A-level, again out of a sense of fun, as calculators were allowed that year. One of my classmates had a whole bunch of handy stuff programmed into his TI calc, but my Sinclair Cambridge was a battery pig and besides I thought it was cheating.

  146. 146
    MrAngry61 says:

    Trashbin Alibi Clown just said Cameron is not a good looking man

    IMO she’s making an unintentionally valid point. Dave was selected/elected partly because of his slick, photogenic ‘heir to Blair’ phenotype.

    If he’s aging gracelessly there’s even less reason for the proles to vote for him.

  147. 147
    Tessa Tickles says:

    If you go to live in Germany and then break the law (even if it’s 20 years after arriving), you’re deported. Even if you own a cat.

    So why won’t our fucking useless government grow some balls and do what the public demand?

  148. 148
    Lord John Prescott says:

    No but I did when I didn’t pass my 11+ and so my dad didn’t buy me a bicycle and so I got fat.

    I had my revenge mind you. My government destroyed everybodys education for an entire generation. That’ll teach you for failing me on my 11+.

  149. 149
    Geronimo says:

    Is this the same EDEXCEL / PEARSON GROUP who run the computer testing for the UKBA. The same test that born and bred English nationals have failed to pass because the questions are so ‘iffy’! A test based on UNLAWFULL regulations that have been before four UK Courts, incl the Supreme Court. where eight British Judges have ruled against the Home Secretary and told her she is trying to side-step Parliamentary scrutiny! No wonder the Home Office UKBA is in such a mess and the Home Sec can’t control immigration!

  150. 150
    The Paragnostic says:

    “Blind Dave” Blunkett’s version, accompanied by acapella howls from Lucy, is universally acknowledged to be fucking awful and thus in the best traditions of Labour.

  151. 151
    Billy Cann says:

    I only come on here for the comedy.

  152. 152
    jgm2 says:

    If he’s aging gracelessly

    It’s a phenomenon that I used to find more noticeable with world rulers. You could see Fatcher age under the enormous responsibility. Not so John Major or George Dubya. Mainly because I don’t think either of them had the slightest grasp of the enormity of their responsibility.

    Blair didn’t age too much in power either but then he’s a psychopath so you wouldn’t expect him to bother too much about the potential consequences of his actions. Likewise Brown.

    Likewise Obama. He doesn’t seem to be ageing much either. Another psychopath. The real heir to Blair.

  153. 153
    Tessa Tickles says:

    A cot-death baby?

  154. 154
    Sandra says:

    Steve – for goodness sake move away from Leicester.

    It is no longer British territory.

    Leicester will be one of the first places to be surrendered to Islam – they will acquire control of it and have Sharia Law and autonomy from the rest of the UK.

    Leicester is a terrible place to visit now – multi culti’s look upon thy work and cower.

  155. 155
    Daniel says:

    Yes indeed – I see the statue of St Margaret has been removed from Vaugn Way above the old Corah factory.

    No christian icons allowed in Muslim lands – & Leicester is Muslim land now.

    Terrifying.

  156. 156
    bergen says:

    Yes.It’s been discredited for a long time now. I’m surprised that it’s still going.

  157. 157
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I got a job at an American stock-brockers early in my career, and thought I’d make good impression on my first day by arriving with a copy of the FT under my arm. Everyone just laughed. They all read The Sun.

  158. 158
    Mornington Crescent says:

    To be fair, Hague is reopening it – and more besides:

    http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=Speech&id=652930982

    An interesting speech, despite his taste in SpAds.

  159. 159
    Owlett says:

    She’s not a good-looking man either.

  160. 160
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Paragnostic – there was a news item a while back that said London-based immigrants hated Somali immigrants for giving immigrants a bad name.

    Of course, the government’s refusal to even mention the problem, let alone tackle it, gives parliamentary democracy a bad name, too.

  161. 161
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Is it worse than Leeds?

  162. 162
    Gordon Brown says:

    Dear Mr I Amascammer

    I have deposited the money you have requested please let me know when the money will be put into my account.

    King Regards

    Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

  163. 163
    Jan says:

    Have very fond memories of ’60s Leicester.It was a great place and if I am not mistaken one of the wealthiest cities in the UK at that time.I worked there as a student summer of ’68. Lovely people.Understand it has changed out of all recognition. Tragic.

  164. 164
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Why not just burn Number 10 to the ground and replace it with a garden of remembrance?

    “Here lived successive leaders of British democracy, 1735-1973″.

  165. 165
    jgm2 says:

    It’s not just the teachers who are only in it for their own interests. So are the nurses and the council workers and all the other self-proclaimed ‘key-workers’.

    And of course the politicians.

  166. 166
    M says:

    You’er absolutely or you would be accused of being a crap teacher . Because GCSE’s alone are not good enough to get a job , so it’s vital they get passed & move on to higher education

  167. 167
    Anonymous says:

    Er, that was Tomorrows World granma.

  168. 168
    Jungle Drums says:

    ME

  169. 169
    Charlie Big Potatoes says:

    from the telegraph site.

    “He said he accepted the women may have felt they were the victims of unreasonable force from Miss Page’s partner Lewis Moore, 23, who tried desperately to defend her from the attack”

    In fairness he was either bladdered or the worst street fighter I have ever seen. I like to think if my wife was being attacked I would have sparked all three of them with probably three punches.

    He was woeful.

  170. 170
    Jan says:

    It’s not even the exams.I remember with great difficulty trying to find revision booklets to supplement my class notes for the Shakespearean play and the novels I had to study for GCE English in 1965.I phoned Foyle’s who duly sent a flimsy A5 10 page booklet for the play. That was all that was available.Now, the revision books weigh a ton and there are about 20 to choose from.Of course this is a scam as the examining boards publish these revision books and they are very expensive.They show you how to pass the exam. In fact you wouldn’t really need to attend any classes just read their flipping books.Who needs teachers????

  171. 171
    Charlie Big Potatoes says:

    I advertised for an administrator. One of the candidates, Julie, who worked at the town hall, turned up. Julie was a man dressed as a woman.

    Our “right on” friend asked if I gave “it” the job.

    “No”
    “Why not?”
    “Hes obviously fucking mental”

    She was appalled. Not as appalled as the time I told her I had a baseball bat next to our bed.

    “What for?”
    “To smash over intruders heads”
    “But……. what if they are on drugs?” (Her reasoning being the poor dears cant help it)
    “All the more reason to hit them harder”

  172. 172
    Really? says:

    These ‘frontline workers’ benefit from the use of what is an essentially military metaphor to a civilian situation.

    As far as dishonest use of language goes, it deserves a special place in some sort of Hall of Dishonour.

  173. 173
    Jabba the Cat says:

    It really does surprise me how few people are aware of the great responsibility resting on Shirley Williams shoulders for the serious start of the demise of the English education system whilst the ‘edukashun’ minister in Harold Wilson’s Labour government.

  174. 174
    Anonymous says:

    That’s what Ed says? What do most English people think?

  175. 175
  176. 176
    Jan says:

    At my secondary school only two people per class of 35 got prizes.The first prize was awarded to the best pupil and the second prize was for the most improved.In the last school I worked there were 22 pupils in a class yet 10 pupils in each class got a prize

  177. 177
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Great thing about slide rules is that they don’t need batteries or throw an electronic wobbly like the early Sinclair shite. Mind you, then HP invented the RPN calculator and number crunching nirvana arrived.

    Tables, otoh, have not fully disappeared if you are in engineering because you will invariably have a copy of the Zeus tables located in strategic places in the office and machine shop.

  178. 178
    Really? says:

    WJEC felt the need to give advice on how to pass their exams? Even twenty years ago, they were notorious amongst teachers for setting the bar to success the lowest. It is hard to imagine that they have not ridden the wave of grade inflation with all the rest.

  179. 179
    Jan says:

    You also destroyed the housing stock you great plonker. Anybody watching Channel 4 over the last three nights will have seen the great Pathfinder scandal. Hundreds of thousands of houses left empty and £2 billion wasted.People living in lovely old Victorian houses, turfed out by Prezza’s henchmen.Whole communities in the north of England scattered around,rehoused in flimsy plywood gerry-built monstrosities.You only have to look at the badly designed new council houses in places like Lambeth to see crappy design.Within 10 years they will be slums. Well done Pie-face. The joke is that Nu-Liebor chatterers and MPs just love to live in these solid Victorian houses themselves but deny others the same opportunity.

  180. 180
    Jan says:

    This was in reply to 36 MrAngry61.

  181. 181
    Jan says:

    Alan Keen and his ghastly wife troughed and troughed and troughed their way through the expense scandal. Labour to his core alright.Bought a luxury flat near Westminster on expenses paid for by the British taxpayer.He and his wife lived half an hour from Westminster. but couldn’t be ar….d to go home every night.Greedy b………ds

  182. 182
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    Well said Lord Stanstead. A deliberate Plot I imagine.

  183. 183
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    At least the GIRLS get triple A’s now as they have X factored the whole fu-king world including the education system.. When did they last blow up a chemistry Lab. Shit can’t teach what the boys do well in. We cant have any one grow any BALLS just in case they might come back and bite the STATE. YES MEN AND WOMEN ONLY.

  184. 184
    Handycock says:

    I can’t see the point of educashon. I never had none and look at me. It ain’t done me no harm not having none.

  185. 185
    Stationer says:

    Pencil and paper in my day – but then maybe we had a bit more cash to spare.

  186. 186
    Really? says:

    Well, Conservative Central Office has been rededicated to the greater glory of the United States of Europe, so your idea is in line with the thinking of the Bundesregierung.

    How about making it the new home of Frau Merkel’s ambassador here?

  187. 187
    joescotus says:

    seemingly she is the most racially abused woman on telly. Good!

  188. 188
    Jacqui Hancock says:

    No and yuve got a nieuw range rover too.

  189. 189
    Mike Hunt says:

    I was very fortunate to attend a Grammar school and complete my O-Levels just before it was turned into a Comprehensive.

  190. 190
    Mike Hunt says:

    Ah yes, 4 figure log tables for O-Level and 6 figure for A-Level.

    Never got on with a slide-rule, knew how to but I always found log tables easier.

  191. 191
    Mike Hunt says:

    Only Whites can be racist, only males can be sexist.

  192. 192
    The power of suggestion is a lot of crap as it is not legally binding. says:

    Do people read the FT?

  193. 193
    William says:

    What’s pink and hard first thing in the morning?

    The FT crossword.

  194. 194
    William says:

    What’s the question mark for? Been watching Neighbours again have we?

  195. 195
    Anonymous says:

    Deafining silence from the teaching unions. Not surprising really, if you flick through ATL’s consultation response on GCSE changes, published a month ago:

    https://www.atl.org.uk/Images/ATL%20submission%20to%20Ofqual%20consultation%20on%20GCSE%20Reform%20-%20NE%20submitted%20FINAL.pdf

  196. 196
    Traditionalist says:

    This bloody 2012 running and jumping show seems to be costing the whole country a helluva lot – £9.3 billion? – just to subsidise East London.

  197. 197
    Traditionalist says:

    What if they are simply nasty, greedy, criminal bastards who just can’t help themselves or who just can’t manage on benefits? Surely you would take pity on them?

  198. 198
    Rhonddapurple says:

    Labour to the core = Deep down, he’s all right.

  199. 199
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t blame East London for this bollocks. They have suffered huge destruction of houses and businesses and will be left with a large bill for a huge pile of junk rapidly disintegrating as it sinks into the marshland. And they will not even be able to enter their own homes while the nonsense is operating in case they hold up important people – fucking foreigners as usual.

    This whole thing is a jolly for the liblabcon mis-rulers and has no other benefit or purpose. Even the opening ceremony (- the onlt bit most people ever bother with) will be dominated by the BBC with their shitty camera work designed to avoid showing as much as possible of anything at all that viewers might find interesting or entertaining.


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