Some newspaper articles seem of lasting importance ansd should go instead ito a textbook for understanding our contemporary history.
This is a brilliant article which analyses the failure of the Gordon Brown administration. Philip Collins tells how Gordon Brown turned his back on positive action to improve the country to devote himself to petty party politicking as though he were the leader of the opposition. Faced with a policy decision he does not choose to do it because it is a good idea, or because it is right, but because it is politically useful. Collins says: This tendency to elevate political positioning over action will, in time, be the diagnosis of what went wrong. Labour had previously arrived at a series of defensible policy positions. It had a to-do list and a decent set of arguments about what it was for. On every issue it dropped them like litter to the ground.
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- Notes on the classics of French literature. During my years of teaching, I wrote thousands of pages for my students. Preferring not to discard all these years of work, I am posting them on the Internet as a resource for teachers and students and I am using my blogsite as the portal in order to give access to the individual books. During my university course, I was an Assistant for one year in Arras and my nostalgia for Georges Brassens stems from these happy days- now long gone- when his songs were first being recorded and he was all the rage among the student surveillants. When I opened this Blogsite many years ago, I used David Barfield, my maternal family name, as my Internet alias. My actual name is David Yendley and if any of my past students come across this site, I send them my best wishes. They were great company to be with.