February 2019

  • Where will your children be tomorrow?

    Will they be in school?  Or will they be protesting about the ecological crisis facing the world and the lack of policy focus on it?   We're told that there will be a growing number of such protests where adding...

  • An everyday story of coerced proletarianisation

    There was an (inadvertently) entertaining article in the Guardian the other week from a woke bloke in a UK university complaining about how poverty stats are manipulated and misinterpreted.  There were lots of sloping graphs to grab our attention but...

  • Ofsted and (G)L/ESD/EE/CC(E)fS etc

    I see that Ofsted is encouraging consultation on proposed changes to its inspection framework.  I wondered whether to bother thinking about thinking about responding. I decided not to.  I might have done so if I thought that Ofsted had any...

  • Danes building wall to repel African immigrants

    Every news bulletin I hear seems to have an item on either that Wall – the one between the USA and Mexico, or the one that no one wants to see built across Ireland. None have so far mentioned the...

  • Slipping into Schengen

    When we arrived in Germany to be with Mrs M the plane decanted us at a Schengen gate and so we were able to enter the country without a passport check – the first time since the EU opened its...

  • Standing on the brink of a transport collapse

    These are not my words, and oddly do not relate to the UK.  "Germany is standing on the brink of a transport collapse,” Oliver Luksic, an MP and infrastructure expert for the liberal German Free Democrat party, was quoted by...

  • The lifecycle of a supermarket bag policy

    I wrote recently about the dismal failure of the much-vaunted plastic bag policy that the government forced on supermarkets, noting research which showed that people were using so-called bags for life in much the same way as the thinner alternatives...

  • Out of classroom environmental learning in 2004

    For those of you keen to see how much progress we've made over recent years, here is the 2004 submission made by the Council for Environmental Education to the Select Committee on Education and Skills in their 2004 enquiry into out...