A Convergence of Interests
Britain must build more houses. Last year, only 136,000 homes were completed in England. But 250,000 new homes a year are required if the Government is to meet its targets of 1 million new homes by 2020.
Brian Hindley - 26 October 1994
Sir James goldsmith proposes to severely restrict or eliminate international trade and to do away with the GATT.
Colin Butler - 26 October 1994
Should Spoken English contribute to candidates overall marks in public examinations 0 as it will in GCSE English from this summer? There are good reasons to think not.
Anthony O’Hear - 26 October 1993
The Conservative Government has now reached the most important stage in its reforms of state education. The education Bill currently before parliament proposes the setting up of a single body to control examinations and the curriculum.
Nevil Johnson - 26 October 1993
Twenty years have passed since Britain committed itself to the Treaty of Rome and thereby became a member of what at the time was still formally designated the European Economic Community and known more familiarly as the Common Market.
Sheila Lawlor - 26 October 1993
This paper considers the future nature of school inspection as a result of the 1992 Education Schools Act. It argues that the new school inspection will fail, with serious consequences for standards in our schools, if it is implemented as planned.
Christopher Frazer - 26 October 1993
In 1985, the Conservative government created the Crown Prosecution Service. Unlike other state-administered services the CPS was not intended to further Utopian ideals of equality and social justice, nor to harmonise one area of public service provision with others.
John Marenbon - 26 October 1993
Sir Ron Dearing’s Interim Report on his review of the National curriculum has seemed to many observers a politic compromise between the demands of teachers and the requirements of the Government. But it fails to tackle to Curriculum’s underlying problems, and its central proposals are confused and contradictory.
Michael Portillo - 26 October 1993
There is no point in pretending that our government and our party are riding high. My boss, Ken Clark, says that we are in a dreadful hole. If we are in a hole, we are certainly not alone. According to the opinion polls there is a general public disillusion with British politics and British politicians.
Kenneth Minogue - 26 October 1993
A permanent feature of British political life is some conviction about the global cause of all our woes. Capitalism, the class system and inability to market our brilliant ideas are such familiar convictions. Since the 1980’s, however, opinion has settled on the British constitution, or, as some would say, the lack of one, as the primal fault.
Michael Novak - 26 October 1993
All over the world, lapel buttons inscribed ‘communism; have begun to fall like autumn leaves; but not only buttons marked ‘communism’, also those inscribed ‘socialism’.
Shelia Lawlor - 26 October 1993
At the Centre’s education conferences in 1993 – of which this is the third - one issues has been central: the role of the state versus that f the voluntary body in the country’s schools.
Martin Howe - 26 October 1992
Recent discussion about the implications of the Maastricht Treaty on European Union has been far ranging and sometimes intense, but little attention has been paid to the nature and extent of the legal obligations assumed by the United Kingdom under the Treaty in relation to monetary union.
John Moore MP - 26 October 1992
The worldwide collapse of state socialism has focused new attention on the workings of a free economy. Interest centres above all on how the huge range of industries presently languishing in state control around the globe can be successfully transferred to private ownership.
Michael Ivens - 26 October 1992
The Citizen’s Charter has rightly put emphasis on better services for the public. ‘Better’ implies both quality and price and also communication – clear, simple information about what is going on.
Nevil Johnson - 26 October 1992
We are at the moment going through another cycle of demands for electoral reform. No doubt this has been prompted in part by the nearness of a general election, the outcome of which might be a so-called ‘hung’ Parliament in which no single party would have an overall majority.