So now we know. Fewer than half of academy chains are producing above average GCSE results. The government has insisted on an almost weekly basis that academies and Free Schools are superior to schools under local authority supervision. Only this week Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has dismissed calls for independent supervision of the curriculum. Schools are to be run as separate business, funded by the taxpayer and free of local democratic control and guess what, there is no evidence whatsoever that this flagship policy results in an improvement in the quality of children’s learning.
THE BOOKSELLER : 23rd March
Desmond Clarke | Blog: The public side of public libraries
Leon’s Library Blog : 22nd March
Damned if we do…
Bristol Post : 23rd March
Letter | Take on young as trainees in libraries
Lincolnshire Echo : 23rd March
Internal Audit of the Libraries Project to be discussed by county council
Daily Echo : 23rd March
Council decision to spend £99,000 on heating system at Cobbett Road Library branded ‘shambolic’ http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11872424.Council_decision_to_spend___99_000_on_heating_system_at_axe_threatened_library_branded__shambolic_/
Coventry Telegraph : 23rd March
Leaked private letter from Coventry council boss casts doubt on future of Finham Library
The Cambridge Student : 21st March
Controversy over future of Cambridge Central Library
Cambridge News : 21st March
Why there’s furore at Cambridge Central Library
London SE1 : 20th March
Lambeth | Waterloo Library: little enthusiasm for volunteer-run service
TheJournal.ie : 20th March
Council libraries are using JobBridge for ‘free labour’, says Sinn Féin
Interns told “no chance of employment at the end of the program”
Harrow Times : 20th March
Harrow Council pledge to work with community over Bob Lawrence, North Harrow,
Rayners Lane and Hatch End library options
Kingsbridge Today : 20th March
Devonshire | Library shake-up
Bristol Post : 20th March
Letter | Library consultation must be transparent
I am in the airport lounge at Hong Kong airport reflecting on a satisfying fortnight. I have done nineteen events to 3,210 students and sold quite a few books. Thanks to Maureen Chu, Jessie Hammack, Janet, Winnie and all the other great souls who have made it an enjoyable visit.
March Against Austerity, uniting communities and unions.
25 April 2015
Assemble at Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool City Centre.
Just when you think vile former S*n editor Kelvin MacKenzie can’t crawl any lower into the grotesque swamp of his own self-serving mendacity, he manages to burrow even deeper. In this tissue of lies, he paints himself as if he was is as much a victim of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died because of the catastrophic actions of the police. MacKenzie says he was given an incorrect story and is ready to go to court over it. In fact, fellow journalists have revealed that he ignored deep unease in his newsroom to provocatively label a highly controversial story, later proved to be a tissue of lies, The Truth. Not only that, while the Daily Star realised the story was a flimsy collection of unsubstantiated falsehoods and distanced itself, MacKenzie clung to it. It took years for him to apologise and, even then, he did it in the most wounded, snivelling manner.
MacKenzie finally tried to exonerate himself in 1993. Talking to a House of Commons Select Committee, he said: “I regret Hillsborough. It was a fundamental mistake. The mistake was I believed what an MP said. It was a Tory MP. If he had not said it and the Chief Superintendent (David Duckenfield) had not agreed with it, we would not have gone with it.”
MacKenzie withdrew the apology in November 2006, saying he had only apologised because the newspaper’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, had ordered him to, stating: “I was not sorry then and I’m not sorry now”. MacKenzie refused once more to apologise when appearing on the BBC’s topical Question Time on 11 January 2007.
The man is beneath contempt.
There is a cool review of Dawn of the Unread here:
I am having a breather in my hotel room before my final talk of the Hong Kong Young Readers Festival at Po Leung Kuk Ho Yuk Ching College in the New Territories.
I ran a writing workshop this morning at the Chinese International School on Braemar Hill. See below: