Public funding of private schools – an idea worth considering, if only because it’s better than the current reality

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

My chairman at the Education Endowment Foundation, Sir Peter Lampl, was in the headlines today for his call for the government to fund places for bright children from poor backgrounds at the best private schools. Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of (…)

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LDVideo: Nick Clegg – Public won’t back Queen yacht idea

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

Conservative cabinet minister Michael Gove’s suggestion that a new royal yacht should be “a gift from the nation to her majesty” on the occasion of her diamond jubilee earned diplomatically short shrift from Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg …

The last book I read in 100 words: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James I really wanted to love this book. What could be better than the combination of an homage to Jane Austen’s biting Pride and Prejudice as penned by the magisterial crime writer PD James? And (…)

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‘There but for the grace of…’ A couple of things Lib Dems should consider before joining the attacks on Ed Balls

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

Tempting though the schadenfreude is, I think Lib Dems would be wise not to enjoy too much Labour’s discomfort at Ed Balls’ decision to declare Labour cannot promise to reverse any of the Coalition’s cuts. I can of course entirely understand the urge to shout ‘Ha! Told you so’ at the shadow chancellor. In an […]