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Opinion: fix our school system and stop uni-bashing

As a former constituent and activist in Bermondsey and Old Southwark I greatly enjoyed campaigning on behalf of Simon Hughes and have a lot of respect for his approach to policy and the hard work he puts in, especially meeting face to face with local voters and community groups. I was shocked, however, to read quotes from Simon on the front page of Saturday’s Guardian calling on universities to ‘cut intake’ from independent schools in order to match nationally ‘representative’ proportions: 7.2% was his quoted figure for the proportion of students we ought to aim at coming from an …

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Opinion: In pursuit of excellence

Earlier this month David Lammy MP highlighted the problem of the low number of black students admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and called it the ‘Oxbridge Whitewash’. He wrote in the Guardian (6 Dec):

“Just one British black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford last year. That is not a misprint: one student. Merton College, Oxford, has not admitted a single black student for five years. At Robinson College, Cambridge, a white applicant is four times more likely to be successful than a black applicant. Last year, 292 black students achieved three A grades at A-level and 475 black

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  • User AvatarCaracatus 5th Mar - 3:38am
    It takes a particular form of optimism when a poll places the Lib Dems third behind the Tories in West Aberdeenshire to say "support is...
  • User Avatarmalc 5th Mar - 12:57am
    You have one of the very few popular UK politicians in Charles Kennedy and you never seem to use him. Whoever is running your campaign...
  • User AvatarHywel 5th Mar - 12:28am
    Al - no they didn't that's the standard 2 question Ashcroft poll. You would expect that will a very well known figure like Charles that...
  • User AvatarAl 4th Mar - 11:55pm
    Actually, what Caron is hiding or is not aware of is that they DID ask what difference Charles Kennedy makes as a candidate. as Prof...
  • User AvatarDan Falchikov 4th Mar - 11:48pm
    Saddam Hussein isn't dead, the American forces are retreating on all fronts, Bagdad isn't under attack... I think it is time for the Scottish Lib...
  • User Avatarmalc 4th Mar - 11:42pm
    Bad news for Labour and the LibDems, but I disagree that it is worse for Labour. If Charles Kennedy was to lose his seat -...