Today’s Link-Love: January 31, 2013

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Ministers and Whitehall mandarins need to get a grip – Telegraph Yes Minister lives and breathes 30 years later > Ministers and Whitehall mandarins need to get a grip – Telegraph http://buff.ly/WAL6ib (…)

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University application rates from disadvantaged areas: my ‘grounds for cautious optimism’ graph

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2013

Over at LibDemVoice today, Mark Pack has produced an interesting graph showing an important trend: the narrowing gap in university application rates between 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas and the most advantaged areas. Here’s my less sophisticated graphical (…)

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Today’s Link-Love: January 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… BBC News – The Bank of England, the chancellor, and the target The Bank of England, the chancellor, and the target http://buff.ly/115fRk9 « why inflation not nominal GDP targeting still preferred Grammar (…)

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University application rates in England at highest ever for disadvantaged groups, even post-£9k tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2013

UCAS has just released the latest university application figures as at January 2013. The good news is that they show an overall increase of 3.5% across the UK compared to 2012. The government will breathe a particular sigh of relief (…)

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Tories lose boundary review vote, Lib Dems vote against Coalition partners for first time

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

The BBC reports this afternoon’s vote: Plans to redraw constituency boundaries before 2015, backed by the Tories, have been defeated in the House of Commons. MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept changes made by peers, meaning the planned constituency shake-up will be postponed until 2018 at the earliest. It was the first time [...]

Tories lose boundary review vote, Lib Dems vote against Coalition partners for first time

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

The BBC reports this afternoon’s vote: Plans to redraw constituency boundaries before 2015, backed by the Tories, have been defeated in the House of Commons. MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept changes made by peers, meaning the planned constituency shake-up will be postponed until 2018 at the earliest. It was the first time [...]

Today’s Link-Love: January 29, 2013

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… A Liberal Democrat vote against boundary reform would be a betrayal | Sarah Wollaston | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk .@drwollastonmp’s concern for voter representation would be more credible if she thought (…)

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I apologise for my lack of enthusiasm for HS2. It’s been unavoidably delayed owing to the lack of evidence

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

‘All aboard!’ exhorts the email I received last night from Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker, hailing his announcement of the Coalition’s plans for Phase Two of Britain’s High Speed Rail Network (aka HS2). I’m afraid, though, I’m going to have to apologise to Norman for the delay in arrival of my goodwill owing to [...]

I apologise for my lack of enthusiasm for HS2. It’s been unavoidably delayed owing to the lack of evidence

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

‘All aboard!’ exhorts the email I received last night from Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker, hailing his announcement of the Coalition’s plans for Phase Two of Britain’s High Speed Rail Network (aka HS2). I’m afraid, though, I’m going to have to apologise to Norman for the delay in arrival of my goodwill owing to [...]

London schools and the paradox of choice

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2013

I’ve started reading David Boyle’s Barriers to Choice Review, published last week. David, author, academic and life-long liberal, was appointed by the cabinet office to ‘look at the barriers faced by disadvantaged people, in particular, when it came to accessing (…)

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