by Stephen Tall on October 6, 2012
It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices…
5 Years On: The Election That Never Was – Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former spinner-in-chief whose must-read blog is essentially a memoir-by-instalments, recalls the week in 2007 that turned the new Prime Minister from hero to zero.
Jimmy Savile: The birth of a paedophile hoax on “Have I Got News For You” – John Fleming recounts the curious tale of how some invented, ‘censored’ scenes achieved such wide currency on the internet, eerily anticipating the past week’s revelations.
A speech that, thankfully, will not be made – Hopi Sen, the most thoughtful Labour blogger around, channels what David Cameron’s speech-writers ought to be crafting for him into an astonishingly effective speech.
Free schools: the research lab of state education? – Toby Young may be a right-wing agitprop pundit on many issues, but in founding the West London Free School he’s had to get serious, and I challenge anyone not to be impressed by his passion for the life-changing potential of education.
Hostage to Catalonia – G.T. of The Economist shows it’s not just Scotland which is beginning to think through the implications of separation, so too is Catalonia — including what it might mean for its mighty, all-conquering Barcelona football team.
Debunking the Myths Around School Choice – educational researcher Lee Elliot Major charts his personal journey of shopping around for the best school for his child before concluding it matters a whole lot less than you might think.
David Cameron’s inflexible, Thatcherite party is being exploited by Ed Miliband – Conservative historian Tim Bale reckons the death of the progressive, “one-nation”, Tories who dominated the party from the 1950-70s has created a sweet spot for Labour to occupy.
CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #16 – find out why I anointed Labour’s Stephen Twigg and former Tory party deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft my liberal heroes this week.