Grammar schools confirm a different kind of segregation from the one we’re all talking about

We’ve all seen the picture of the seven animals lined up in front of a tree as a suited gentleman says to them, “For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: please climb that tree”. The insinuation is clear: educational equality can in fact, be inherently unequal. The goldfish in a bowl of course, could not climb the tree, where the monkey obviously could. So why do we educate our children on the same criteria knowing full well that some are better suited to the environment than others? ...

For 48% of the nation, we are massively under-represented

For an unintended 2 month period now between my first blog post and this one, I have exercised with every fibre of my being, the restraint not to write about Brexit. I knew the second I put pixels to screen, all that would follow was some emotional flurry of anguish and a stubborn millennial unwillingness to move on. However, I could never avoid the topic entirely. The historic nature of the event and its importance to our everyday lives warrants it the attention it so annoyingly receives ...

Unravelling Syria in the West

It’s the news story we’ve momentarily brushed aside for the latest of 2016’s unprecedented events. It could also be about to get a whole lot worse. Yes, I’m talking about Syria. With the US and Russia masquerading as comrades under the recent appointment of Donald Trump, it doesn’t take a Cold War historian to recognise the underlying tensions that still exist between the two opposing superpowers. Over the past 2 years, Putin has shown that he is not scared to test the limits of the global chessboard ...