June 22nd, 2012

The Pink ‘Un Awakes

There is usually radio silence over at the Pearson-owned FT whenever Pearson-owned Edexcel are in the news, so Guido was surprised to see the paper wade into the debate on exam boards this morning. They argue: “Mr Gove’s plan to approve just one exam board for each subject…is a welcome step forward. Abolishing competition need not lead to falling standards if the government sets the bar high enough.” According to FT education correspondent Chris Cook, this was a rare sign of editorial independence:

However, he added one crucial caveat:

Cook went on to admit that the move “might not be as bad for Edexcel as many people suspect“. Guido can’t imagine why he would back abolishing the competition…


  1. 1
    Popeye says:

    Sarcasm I assume, even you couldn’t be that naive.


  2. 2
    Sandra says:

    Bringing back O Levels is pointless without a mass cull of the bovine eyed left wing intellectual vacuums that pass for teachers these days.

    The whole of the education system has the be de-unionised & de-politicised.

    And for sure the dumbing down, the dragging of the talented down to the level of the lowest common denominator has to stop.

    Equality in education does not work. Some kids are brighter than others & deserve more resources chucked at them. They then go on to invent things & run businesses which make society here in the UK better.

    Look at our history for proof.


  3. 4
    jgm2 says:

    They are rather assuming that they will be selected as the monopoly provider. Perhaps they’ve already had the nod. Hard to image with a dozen or however many exam board there are already in existence that they would be so sanguine about somebody establishing a monopoly unless they were certain it was going to be them.


  4. 7
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why is Miliband being given so much air time on the BBC.


    • 8
      Ed Blinkybollox says:

      You know why. It’s what the BBC does.

      I thought his speech this morning got about as daft as it gets. The man’s an idiot as are those that put him there and those that keep him there. He is unelectable…


    • 11
      JH says:

      Because the BBC is little more than the propaganda wing of Labour, and the left in general.

      It really, really is that simple.


      • 22
        I don't need no doctor says:

        Notice the BBC did not broadcast the question session after the speech.


      • 61
        Bored at work says:

        Oh come on, the Beeb is really not that bad. Try living outside the UK for a few years it’ll open your eyes.

        I think your problem is you can’t accept it broadcasts views other than your own. It’s supposed to, if you agreed with everything it said it’d failed it’s remit.

        Besides Sherlock and Dr Who rock as does Radio 4 something no other county can touch for quality morning radio.


        • 79
          Happy expats are we says:

          Iand many of my friends have lived outside the UK for many years – and I, personally, have never, not once, paid under coercion for a licence to watch other people’s broadcast output. There are mkany other delightful and worthwhile things beyond the UK borders besides crap broadcasters.


    • 18
      Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

      The more airtime Red Ed gets, the more obvious his unsuitability to leadership.


    • 29
      The Golem says:

      I suppose if Cameron and Clegg continue to do their worst, he will be our next PM. The empty champagne bottles will roll again.


    • 71
      M says:

      I thought the uncontrolled immigration was deliberate . for example
      As the come in , give them free hand outs, free accommodation and general free shit.
      Then give them a piece that says vote labour or you’ll lose your free shit
      Or am I just getting cynical ?


  5. 9
    Ah! Monika says:

    Emailed Gove last night with the suggestion that every teacher should have to sit with their pupils and take the same exam as them. Say 80% pass rate would be the minimum expected.
    Let’s see the NUT objections to that idea.


  6. 13
    lolathebeautiful says:

    …Abolishing competition need not lead to falling standards if the government sets the bar high enough.” WTF? Listen you numpties. It is freedom, responsibility AND competition that drives progress. Anyway the Gummint can never know how high to set the bar. It’ll be more central planning failure. Prats.


  7. 19

    Excellent, Monika.

    [repeat due to M*db*t suffering from gastroenteritis]


  8. 23
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    TRAITOR !!!


    • 25
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Well, the Dear Leader may not agree with that.


    • 26
      jgm2 says:

      But it must. You can’t just throw away one of your major weapons of mass stupidity like that. If you can’t label people ‘bigots’ or ‘racists’ or ‘sexists’ at the drop of a hat then you’ll have to start engaging with their concerns.

      No Ned. Far better to just dismissing people that you don’t want to talk to as ‘bigots’ or ‘T*ries’ and just march off resplendent in your ignorance.


    • 28
      Gillian Duffy says:


      • 31
        Cllr Mustaffa councilhouse (Respec party) says:

        Yeh let’s talk about the fucking immigration horse that has bolted.
        It is beyond that now,we need to be talking about repatriation.


        • 54
          The Ghost of Joe Strummer says:


          Can’t even go into a boozer in parts of West London now withing it being chock full of naughty looking Polish skinheads giving you the hard stare – as if to say “what are you doing in our pub English?”.

          It’s my fucking pub. I was born here. Cheeky cu nts.

          They should be made to fuck off back to Poland.


        • 80
          One out all out says:

          or deportation – much more permanent.


    • 33
      Gonk says:

      What a fucking coward Miliband is. He’ll only talk about immigration
      if it’s the fluffy kind. The label of racist has become so powerful that
      even its inventors can’t mention it.


      • 38
        jgm2 says:

        Indeed. This is the obvious first step in a simple two or three-step manouver to cause problems for the T*ries.

        He’s not the slightest bit sorry about (white) EU immigration and, even if he was, there is fuck all he or anybody else can do about it whilst we remain in the EU. But he’s going to come up with some new ‘policy’ to ‘curb’ EU immigration whic won’t be worth the paper it’s written on and then demand that the T*ries do something about it. Meanwhile the culturally enriching immigrants that we can do something about because they’re not from the fucking EU will go totally unmentioned.


        • 41
          Diane Fatbutt says:



        • 44
          Mine d'Boggles says:

          Be thankful for small mercies – at least they are talking about immigration now.


          • jgm2 says:

            Only as a way to try and embarrass the T*ries. They’re only talking about immigration that they know cannot be stopped because these (white) folk are coming from the EU.

            They’re very pointedly not talking about immigration that we could stop with a quick show of hands and the stroke of a pen. Why is that? Because those immigrants vote Labour – which is what they were imported to do in the first place. When they’re not voting ‘Respect’ – the ungrateful bastards.


  9. 24

    *wonders why LauraK is so well followed on Twitter by MPs*

    Better dye your hair blond Guido and grow a pair of tits…


  10. 27
    Cllr Mustaffa councilhouse (Respec party) says:

    Social mobility in my family has suffered under the Comprehensive school system.
    Non of us ‘kids’ have done as well in life as our parents who were schooled under the 11+.
    I really think that is what Eton boys and privately educated middle class lefties wanted.
    The cu*ts didn’t like the competition.


    • 81
      One out all out says:

      Got it in one. You must have been one of the brighter comprehensive kids (or you have been talking to your gran again).


  11. 30
    This made me fall off my chair laughing! says:


    • 35
      Cllr Mustaffa councilhouse (Respec party) says:



    • 36
      jgm2 says:

      What do you call a mass gathering of mummybloggers?

      Mass child neglect.


    • 51
      Sandra says:

      Evil woman – truly.

      She knows what terrible things her husbands fanatical ideology, his incompetence & mental illness has done to the lives of millions of people.

      Sarah – have some dignity. Stay queit. Live quietly. Stop rubbing everyones face in the disaster that your husband was to high office.


      • 53
        jgm2 says:

        Indeed. Every time there is some snide bedwetter reference to ‘PR Cameron’ just reflect on ‘PR Sarah’ and her battle to shield the Maximum Imbecile from criticism. Even to the point of becoming a human shield at his own party conference.

        ‘My husband, my hero’. [subtext: ‘there you go you c*unts, heckle the economy-destroying, Blair-putsching fucking lunatic in front of his ‘doting’ wife. I fucking dare you’]

        A tactic that worked so well he employed it every year thereafter until he got his P45. Same for his resignation speech. Out there front and centre with the kids acting as shields. Not for him the Fatcher send-off. ‘Fuck off you useless, incompetent c*unt’. Well, you can’t. Not in front of the kids. Wouldn’t be right, would it.

        It’s all just part of the ongoing attempt to anthropomorphise the Maximum Imbecile.


        • 83
          Daddies' sauce says:

          Blimey! … anthropopacatpetl – that’s a long word to use on us iggerant bar stewards mate.


    • 58
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      What do you call a bunch of twats tweeting, a twatter you stupid bloody woman


  12. 32
    gramma says:

    Prior to getting grades in my chosen subjects Chemistry Physics Biology as a failure via Welsh education board I attended a London board to try again. Failed again and with rehousing attempted the Bristol [ South West?] board exam.
    Everything different. Different animals to dissect in Biology. Make the apparatus with a metre rule, string , fulcrum and wire in Physics and Jeckyl and Hyde finess in Chemistry.
    With more luck than judgement, exam experience and a variety of area information , succeded on the 3rd attempt.
    One exam for all is a must.


  13. 47
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    One exam board is a great idea so is bringing back O levels etc, but you must have one examination/competence board to look at the competence of the teachers, to put it in the words of the general public the majority of teachers appear to be phuckwits


    • 49
      jgm2 says:

      My kids go to St Cakes [motto: Quis paget entrat] and every year we have a quiz night to raise money for something or other. In four years the teacher’s table have come dead last (out of eight or ten tables) every single time. Some of them have allegedly been to Oxbridge. It’s not just state schools.


    • 50
      pedant tick says:

      Oh for the days of yore / your/ you’re?


      • 84
        Oh dear, here we go again... says:

        … not to mention teacher’s table. He must have felt very lonely all by himself. No wonder he came last.


  14. 52
    HenryV says:

    I was a “filth former” in the last but one year the old O-Level/CSE system was extant. We were being used by one of the boards for prototyping their “16+” exams. And I remember in Computer Studies one lesson being given this board’s draft multi-choice exam to do, all 5 papers about 8 hours or so of exam time. We completed it within 45 minutes, marked it, and much to out astonishment managed to average a pass rate of 98%. Only 98%? One of the questions was impossible. In those 25 years or so the UK has slowly slipped from being a leader in IT to an also ran. Maths has been so dumbed down it is unbelievable. I sat a GCSE equivalent a few years back and did the entire exam in a little under an hour with pass of 95%; due to a silly arithmetic error or two due to the speed I was piling through the paper. No Calculus or anything of any depth, that is all A-Level now. Just “first form” algebra and lots of questions to do with money.


    • 56
      jgm2 says:

      and lots of questions to do with money.

      That’s no harm. A few questions about money would be no bad thing.

      Q: ‘Do you think it’s a good idea to run deficits of 11% of GDP to create 0.1% of ‘growth’? Show your working.’


      • 57
        jgm2 says:


        ‘A government runs 3% deficits during a ‘boom’ and 11% deficits during the inevitable bust. How soon before it is ban*k*r*u*pt if it continues to run deficits of 8%? Show your working.’


        • 67

          Or if your name is Gordmong McTwat, please complete the paper by chewing your fingernails to the quick, with the expression of a terminally constipated bulldog licking Thatchers piss off a stinging nettle, before hurling several Nokia handsets at the adjudicator, while shouting “I saved the fucking world!!” through a cloud of spittle.


  15. 59
    Bored at work says:

    I find that quite amusing seeing as this is supposed to be about improving standards. When I was at school the thick kids did Edexcel exams as they were much easier.

    Perhaps things have changed, the people I feel sorry for are those who did okay at early GCSE’s that were actually difficult in comparison to recent years. I’m sure they feel a bit robbed as their B’s and C’s would now be A’s!

    As for the last generation doing them, they already know prior to sitting them that they are worthless!


  16. 63
    will says:

    One of the problems with grade inflation and allowing retakes is that you all have children with loads of qualifications but no real knowledge so they cannot problem solve which means that when required to make a decision at work they flounder as they expect more time or a second chance


  17. 65

    It’s not a monopoly – one seller, many buyers – it is a monopsony – one buyer, many sellers. Or in this case, one buyer and only one seller. Very dangerous if the buyer (us) does not hold the seller to the terms of its contract.

    This is why the private sector provides routinely awful service for the public sector – the monopsonistic buyer, HMG or local councils, doesn’t have a clue how to manage a contract.


  18. 68
    Edinburgh can take their pink money grubbers and the Brown Mong and fuck off and do one. says:

    Jog On socialist arsewipes.


  19. 73
    Brown tùrd humper in slow motion. says:

    The pink ‘un can fuck off and do one. Utter tripe.


    • 85
      Press ganged (up on) says:

      Oddly enough, each morning where I live, the BBC World TV UK Press review invariably starts with the FT. I have often wondered why that should be so. The Mail and Mirror NEVER get mentioned.


  20. 75
    Gorgon Brown in slow motion. says:

    I plan to come out at my 95th birthday party.


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