How Canada became an education superpower

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40708421?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=newsdaily_newsletter&ns_campaign=NEWS_NLB_Wk31_Weds_2_August&ns_linkname=bbcnews_coughlan_newsworld_coughlan&ns_fee=0

The BBC web site has the story – see link above

This is an interesting read in many ways and it makes you wonder why our UK education standards are generally so low when other western societies, like Canada, seem to have cracked it.

Could it be that our centralised control model (one size fits all) just does not work and that Canada via its far more decentralised processes finds ways to make education work for virtually all its young people?

New Runcorn – Widnes Bridge Fraud Scam

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-40837594

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

There does not seem to be much in the world of the Internet that is not open to fraud these days but locals who want to register to use the new Mersey Gateway Bridge need to be careful of this scam.

Brexit – Shoppers ‘in the dark’ about Brexit effect

UK shoppers are “completely in the dark” about the effect Brexit will have on their weekly shop, a former Sainsbury’s boss has told BBC Panorama.

Justin King, who ran the supermarket for a decade, said the “last thing” any current supermarket boss would reveal was their intention to put up prices.

But he added it was “very clear” shoppers would face “higher prices, less choice and poorer quality”.

The main supermarkets declined to speak to BBC Panorama.

Mr King, who ran Sainsbury’s until 2014, said: “Brexit, almost in whatever version it is, will introduce barriers.

“That makes it less efficient which means all three of those benefits – prices, quality and choice – go backwards.”

Says it all in a few words, so did the slim 52% majority of those who voted in the EU Referendum really want this consequence?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

The hate of racists – Croydon asylum boy assault

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39470487

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

What on earth does this recent incident say about our deeply troubled society? It says to me that racism has been let out of Pandora’s Box again and it is becoming mainstream. We all know that racism was a motivation for some to vote for Brexit. Of course all Brexit voters are not racists but I am pretty sure that most racists were Brexit voters. But Here’s Jen Robertson’s take on racism and Brexit:-

‘I don’t think all racists voted Brexit because I don’t think racism is quite what we’ve been taught to view it as. It’s not just morons shouting slurs and refusing to sit by people on the bus, it’s a deeper problem subtly endemic within our entire society. And I think it perfectly plausible that there are well-off business owners who voted remain because it makes economic sense while still harbouring racist tendencies that just aren’t as high a priority for them as their money.’

Our right wing press, which strangely seems a little disturbed by the appalling attack in Croydon, has been stirring the pot for a long time now with their overblown headlines blaming everyone that is not British and white for most if not all our troubles. Their influence over certain sections of our society is truly worrying, their lies have plunged us into a quite ridiculous Brexit crisis that will last for years and they have made some folks think that it’s now OK to abuse those who don’t look white or talk the Queens English. Some of us are are descending into the sewer just because the rich and the powerful are printing lies to get us to vote for what they want.

I don’t know about you but I really do worry about the future.