Author Archives: Helen Tedcastle

Opinion: Assisted suicide – why the Falconer Bill must be rejected

Parliament Sunset - Photo by Greg KnappThe issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia has been presented in the media in a highly emotionally charged way in recent years, with several ‘hard cases’ of non-terminally ill people wanting to die. This has resulted in confusion over what exactly is at stake in the forthcoming Falconer Bill and of course, hard cases make bad law.

In the sad case of Tony Nicklinson, lawyers argued that he had Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (respect for private life and family). In their view, …

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Opinion: Michael Gove’s plans are a disaster for schools

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The publication last week of the All-Party Parliamentary Select Committee’s damning report into changes in qualifications at 16, signals a step-change in attitudes towards Michael Gove’s so-called ‘Education Revolution.’

The report makes for unsettling reading from a Liberal Democrat point of view.  And even Tory MP Graham Stuart, Chair of the Education Committee warns:

We have serious concerns about the Government’s proposed timetable for change. Ministers want to introduce a new qualification, require a step-change in standards, and alter the way exams are administered, all at the same time. We believe

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    @Tabman I can appreciate why you might want to see it that way. All I can say is that it's of no importance to me...
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    I would prefer to support my MP, and have, than support the central party. At least he has shown a degree of independence.
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    @Alex Sabine Sorry to others for responding to such an off-topic post... but whenever I read some wise-after-the-event analysis of Gordon Brown's "imprudence", I feel...
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    Stuart. You have self-identified as a Labour voter. I think the "problem" with the rose garden is that it showed that some conservatives could be...
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    @ Philip Thomas I think the problem is that tactical voting for Lib Dems may well have max'd out at the last election. This time...
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