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Reflections on Rotherham: part 1

I’ve read and re-read the Alexis Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, and now feel able to comment.  Actually reading a report properly before commenting on it is, I well understand, something of a minority sport nowadays, but one I grew used to in the days before the absolute need to offer comment within minutes of publication. 2,254 more words

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Hierarchies

Councils used to operate a committee system for decision-making.  Each committee would have a politically proportional representation of councillors on it, who would then vote on officer recommendations. 424 more words

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Problems with Politics

One aspect of politics is about the selling of a message.  This can present a problem with the public perception of politicians.  Even if councillors of one political party agree with their opponents on a matter, are they actually saying this in public?  408 more words

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Delusions

When Labour won the General Election in 1945, Professor Harold Laski, one of the party’s prominent figures, prophesised, “1,000 years of socialism”.  They got six.    This is if you allow that the period up to 1951 was socialism, as many adherents have their different interpretations, all of which are right of course.  367 more words

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The White Paper Debate

The Purpose of the White Sheet is to break from the past and move onwards. Its about making the Aboriginal people independent. It doesn’t make sense for Canadian citizens to pay thousands of dollars to help individuals who don’t value hard work and aren’t set on making life better for themselves. 800 more words

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