Coming soon.

Waiting for the Etonians

My new book – ‘Waiting for the Etonians – reports from the sickbed of liberal England’ will be in all good bookshops from mid-February 2009. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now.

 

 

 

My previous book – ‘What’s Left’ – is also still available in all good bookshops.

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6 thoughts on “Coming soon.

  1. A great read and one which the rich will not agree with.

    The trouble with ours or any government is they think that we all owe them a living.

    Its time to wake up and start doing things for ourselves because no government is going to do anything for us apart from taking back double.

    We are all being conned all the way to the banks, now that the imaginary money wheel has stopped turning the fat cats and balifs are coming for the spoils which they created and they expect us to bail them out by lending or forcing us to borrow from them so as to get the markets turning again, talk about biting the hand that feeds one.

  2. A great read and one which the rich will not agree with..

    Its time to wake up and start doing things for ourselves because no government is going to do anything for us apart from taking back double.

    We are all being conned all the way to the banks, now that the imaginary money wheel has stopped turning the fat cats and balids are coming for the spoils which they created and they expect us to bail them out by lending or forcing us to borrow from them so as to get the markets turning again, talk about biting the hand that feeds one.

  3. Notwithstanding commentary that the osoacicnal rich kid or low-level worker has taken the opportunity to do some looting it seems like a no-brainer to me that the riots are initiated by those that feel excluded from society. The obvious barrier to entry is lack of education. I don’t know how effective public education is in England, but that is where I would be looking for explanations of the riots. I’d also be looking at our schools in trying to assess the chances of it happening here. My view, admittedly informed by not much more than the osoacicnal chat with teachers and having had two kids go through the system is that educational systems are still brutal in sorting out winners and losers. For example, I know of a bright year 12 student who stopped attending for six weeks with major depression issues. To her credit she managed to fight back but only with huge support from parents and private tutors, in the face of an unforgiving system. I suspect that similar systems are leaving huge numbers of kids feeling like failures, forever excluded from the Nike/Samsung world. So it seems to me that the lesson of the English riots is that there is urgent need to ensure our public schools provide as many chances as necesary to enable kids to acquire sufficient educational attainment to join society. I suspect that means more teachers, better teachers, tutors and other catch-up mechanisms. It also means assessment systems that are geared to attainment regardless of number of attempts and less focused on overall pass/fail evaluations for a semester or period of time. It seems to me that the English experience is telling us that spending more on education might save us from some huge bills down the track.

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