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Question Time

After watching Question Time tonight I got to thinking about a few interesting points that were raised, particularly that on crime, Peter Hain and education.

On the subject of crime, I think that it’s very easy to criticise the government, so i’ll join in! When coming to government, Labour campaigned on the soundbite ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the causes of Crime’, now, perhaps an assumption here, but crime is now once again a massive issue in the media. If they really were that tough on crime, surely there would be a confidence in government at the moment rather than a moral panic amongst the media and the ordinary person. I’m of the opinion that rather than trying to stop the causes of crime (that is way too big a policy for any political party to state a claim to), why not just create a greater deterrent for crime? Why does life not mean life? Why do we have early release? Why are all our prisons full?! What I propose is that crime is crime and that the sentence should match the crime, i.e life for murder. Maybe i’m some sort of judicial oligarch, but I don’t care, crime is crime and that is the end of it.

 Peter Hain was also a subject that came up, and I fully approve the decision to resign, and might I just say that it was a long time coming! Firstly, he was a completely incompetent cabinet minister and deserved to lose his job, in addition to this, he was a complete crook! £103,000 in undeclared donations! No matter what excuse he has came up with, it will never be good enough, good riddance to bad rubbish.

Finally, the education system, I am in full support of grammar schools and I believe more should be built and funded, (I talk about this briefly in my first blog), excellence should be backed to the full and should always be encouraged, again, this view might well be controversial and I might well be seen as some kind of fascist who believes in a sort of ‘supreme people’, this isn’t true, however, I do honestly and fully believe that those who have the capacity to go further, should be pushed to go further. On the point of Grammar schools, I just wish that there had been one near me, i’m not saying I would have gotten into it, but I would have liked to have tried.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The first of many blogs, hopefully…

Well, it’s the first ever blog and so I shall address something that is particularly important to me; the Education system. As a student, I feel i’m in quite a good position to criticise what I believe is a failing Labour system. I am completely against the Labour Policy that 50% of young people should be in University as I strongly believe that only the best should be there! If you, reader, can give me a strong argument for the amount of people going to University on, as Boris Johnson put it, “Mickey Mouse courses” then fair play, I will retract this blog, however, I fail to see how it can possibly be good for our country that everyone has a degree and that the best students are being discriminated against in the name of positive discrimination?!

Now, this might well be controversial (although only to those who recieve it) but i hate EMA! Why on earth should the taxpayer be giving their hard earned money away for someone to recieve ‘my first Handout’, it’s a disgrace! What I propose would be a far better solution would be to have an incentives based system, in which, if students attain the best grades they are rewarded with the money that those who recieve EMA are getting. For example, teachers should set work every week, and if the children return this work and gain high grades such as A’s and B’s, then they should recieve the bonus of the ten or thirty pounds a week that others are for turning up and distracting others.

I am by no means saying that if a child needs money to get to college don’t give it to them, far from it, in fact, if the said child presents bus tickets and receipts showing that they have bought what they need for college, and, if they fall in between what is deemed an income in which the money is needed, then yes, give them that money back. However, it is not right and should never be considered right that the system is punishing children who are born into families where they get opportunities, and where it is so easily exploited it is drank away every weekend, whilst other students, who don’t recieve EMA, are working their fingers to the bone in the hope of making something of themselves and getting to the best universities.

In my opinion, individualism and competition gains better results, yes, it is fine to present a level playing field, however, if you do find better students, then give them the chance to go as far as they can! Rather than wasting time on students who are only there for the money, give backing to the students who are going to reward the country by becoming doctors, barristers, nurses, teachers etc.

Finally, as I have already shown my dislike fpr the Educational Maintenance Allowance, I will make my final point, bring back Grammar Schools! They are the only possible way to foster the competitiveness that our country needs to be great again, take the students on the basis of their Year 6 SATs though, and not on the basis of an 11+ test that is easily manipulated to favour the advantaged, because, after all, we want education to be competitive, not exploited.

January 3, 2008 Posted by | The Thoughts | , , , | Leave a comment