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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 AvatarGareth Wilson 23rd Oct - 12:39pm
    I agree. I'm completely sick of the whole thing dominating the agenda. I think the benefits and negatives of being in or out are being...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 23rd Oct - 12:38pm
    John - I suppose it is a bit like that. The point is that it can be perfectly sustainable for a country (or a company)...
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    @Glenn The Eastern Europenas mostly concentrate not so much because they want to be with their own (after all, they don't all come from the...
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    Much as I disagree with the principle of the unelected Lords, I don't think we should be boycotting because we don't like the system. However...
  • User AvatarJohn Critchley 23rd Oct - 12:20pm
    Malcolm, yes, thank you for the explanation. However it does sounds a little like borrowing to clear a debt?
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    " as I think it would, then a large part of the reason for UKIP’s existence disappears" It is unlikely to disappear. Look at the...