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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  • User AvatarMavarine Du-Marie 27th May - 6:25am
    "Liberal Democrats: are the party of straight talk and good government" That is a workable story and identity.
  • User AvatarAlistair 27th May - 6:19am
    I hope Nick doesnt do a John Major. Now more than ever we need all of our MPs to be performing at their best. Unleash...
  • User AvatarKelly-Marie Blundell 27th May - 6:15am
    To add to the lists of cruelty in horse racing... A horse's skeleton isn't fully formed until they are three years old. Yet race horses...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 27th May - 6:14am
    Eddie Sammon However Richard S does make a good point: equality is not the only measure of success. No, and no-one is saying it is....
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    Caron - you seem to have lost sight of the fact that had NC shown any moral fibre and had resigned as leader after the...
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    Good luck Jo!
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