Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If anyone can persuade me she is presidential, I will show my arse in Woolworth's window.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
They are currently looking for a 14-19 Partnership Consultant. Here is the job description:
From January 2009 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
Available as a permanent contract or secondment.
The Local Authority’s 14-19 Team is looking for a dynamic and innovative consultant to support the development and implementation of diplomas and to take a major role in the secondary reform agenda. The role involves supporting schools, colleges and work-based learning providers across the authority. The role will involve working across the county with the majority of time spent working with 14+ partnerships and diploma leads. The consultant will also work on generic quality standards and the development of the workforce needed to deliver the diplomas. A good grasp of the principles of assessment for learning, thinking skills and e-learning would be beneficial. As the post involves working across the Local Authority travel expenses are payable.
We see this role as an innovative and exciting one, helping to broaden learning opportunities and experiences for Northumberland learners, raise standards and deliver the local entitlement. The role will be central to a new relationship between the Local Authority and Northumberland’s learning providers. You will play a key role in this development and will need the personal skills and attributes to maximise the potential of this post.
You will work as an integrated member of the 14-19 team which has strong links to the Secondary Strategy team and includes lead roles for Employer Engagement, Functional Skills, Key Stage 4 Engagement, Education Business Links and the Foundation Learning Tier. You will have regular access to training and professional development to equip you for the role.
If you fancy having a go at this 'innovative and exiting' job, you will be paid between £41,097 - £44,472. Nice work if you can get it or a gross waste of taypayers' money. Take your pick.
Hat Tip: The Taxpayers' Alliance
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
If he wasn't best chums with David Cameron, he wouldn't survive. He shouldn't really. I know this is a storm in a teacup and he hasn't done anything wrong, but perception is everything. He has been politically naive and he should have known better. His judgment is flawed. Perhaps in the future he will think twice before he steps on to a millionaire's yacht.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Brown and Darling will send us back 30 years, as they sacrifice the economy on the altar of Keynesianism
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I have written before about the McCain team advisers. I haven't a clue what they are doing at the moment and why they still have jobs. The McCain/Palin ticket is heading for a humiliating defeat; a possible landslide defeat and yet they allow their VP nominee to go on Saturday Night Live and still persist with constant character assassinations of Barack Obama.
What is McCain specifically going to do as president? We've had all the language that describes the dream. It all sounds very nice, just like Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, when he said 'Together we'll build a bridge into the 21st Century.' It's a load of nonsense and in this case worked for a sitting president, but John McCain is not a sitting president. Americans need to have something substantial from him. He's already said he's not good at economics and that the US economy is basically sound, so it is impossible for him to backtrack on those words, however, he can give a positive message on what he would do. Where is it? I know he is a honourable man who has served his country with distinction, but there are many like that. In the next two weeks he has to come up with a plan - a detailed plan - of how he is going to make America better and stronger. If he doesn't (and I fear he will not), we will have to look forward (or not) to the inauguration of Pres. Barack Obama in January.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Capitalists of the world unite. If we don't, God help us. Gordon Brown will try and take over the world
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Walmart hopes to sell alcohol at its newly remodeled Eagle River Superstore. The Eagle River Community Council doesn’t want that to happen, saying a liquor vendor in the neighborhood would fuel crime.
Community council members voted Wednesday not to support Walmart’s application to the Anchorage Assembly for a conditional use permit, which is necessary for the operation of the liquor store at the location.
Of the 30 council members who attended a meeting, 17 voted to oppose the liquor store.
“I love Walmart, and am in there almost everyday,” said Tom Freeman, a member of the community council who voted against the liquor store. “But we’re talking about opening a liquor store in a residential area, not a commercial area like where all the other liquor stores are located. It’s just not a good fit for the community.”
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
As many readers will be aware, the Daily Mail is not a newspaper of choice for me and today I can see this will not change. Conservative Home reports that the Daily Mail is harking back to Keynesian times, when we borrow to fund tax cuts and large social projects to give the economy a kick start.
This would be disastrous. We have to be fiscally prudent. We do need tax cuts and the only way of funding them is to cut out waste in the public sector. If you want to know how much waste there is, read the many reports and publications from The Taxpayers' Alliance.
When times are hard, there is always a temptation to look back on the 'good old days' with rose tinted spectacles. The Great Depression of the 1930s lasted longer than it needed to. Roosevelt acted with the best of intentions, but it has been proved major state intervention only exacerbates the problem in the long term. One would think the Daily Mail of all newspapers would know that.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
This story from the Telegraph though, worries me enormously. Frederick Toben is an Australian citizen who has been arrested in the UK - where, thankfully, we do not have Holocaust denial laws - and now faces extradition in to another EU country. If this extradition takes place, it will prove we are living in a socialist, big brother world. The place to discuss Mr Toben's views are not in a court of law, but in a debating chamber and expose him for the nasty, bigoted anti-semite that he is.
Moving on, please note it is a Liberal Democrat - Chris Huhne - who is speaking out on this issue. I would have liked to have seen a Conservative speak out first, although after what David Cameron said in his speech last Wednesday, perhaps Shadow Cabinet members are frightened to be seen as libertarians? David Cameron should note that modern Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism are almost the same, and both are at the heart of the Conservative Party. I am not a Libertine and I can only hope Cameron is a little muddled in his understanding and simply requires some education.
I have visited Dresden on a couple of occasions and it certainly is a place where you don't mention the war, unless you want to criticise Bomber Harris. I know someone who narrowly escaped death during the bombing in 1945 when she was a young child. It's a sore point if it is ever brought up in conversation. Interesting though, that after all these years the death count is much smaller than previous estimates.
Friday, October 03, 2008
There is evidence that FDR - although acting with the best of intentions - exacerbated the depression in the 1930s. Some state intervention can help; major state intervention does not, it only delays the inevitable.
The economic situation we find ourselves in at the moment is nowhere near as bad as the Great Depression. The stock market has not crashed. We have social security and the majority of savers money in banks is safe, thanks to government guarantees.
We need to let the market sort itself out; painful though it will be. Then, we will be able to move on and hopefully remember the lesson that you cannot get something for nothing. Somehow, somewhere, someone has got to pay for it, and ultimately it is going to be us.