As I sit in this weird tube chair writing yet another political article on recent events I think to myself isn’t politics great… right?….. all over the news I’m watching people the same age as me loot local shops and rioting across London for no apparent reason, are they just bored?, or is this an angry nation of youths that moan about having no jobs and then they go smash up hundreds of shops that actually are looking for employment, seems like backwards thinking to me, but what do I know.
Such a renewal in an area injects confidence and vitality, whereas before decline would bring instability and a pall of gloom.
For some of these areas regeneration has already commenced. This was down to a programme called Housing Market Renewal, launched under the previous Labour government.
Localism and the Left: A New Deal for the people.
We live in the 2nd most centralised nation in the developed world. Only New Zealand with its population of 4 million has a more centralised system of government. However whenever one may suggest we should turn towards localism and away from Westminster, it is greeted with that old argument ‘the post-code lottery’.
On Thursday schools were accused of failing a generation of teenage boys as record exam results revealed the gender gap is wider than ever. 1 in 4 entries from girls scored an A*, while less than 1 in 5 of those from boys were awarded the top grade. This consequently is the biggest gap since the A* was introduced in 1994. Education experts warned that if this trend continues it will leave boys without the necessary skills to get the most out of life. The starkest difference was in English, with 73% of girls getting an A* to C grade compared with 59% of boys. Overall, about 650,000 teenagers got their GCSE results yesterday. This is of course a foolish accusation as it is not schools per se that are to blame but a lack of innovation and creative freedom with regards to education policy by the political classes.
Tonight’s match between Arsenal and Udinese could be the defining moment in Arsene Wengers reign at arsenal. Having lost Fabregas and Nasri in the past week and with only one bid placed on things do look bleak. Former gunners manager George Graham came out this week saying ‘ arsenal need three new experienced players to be anything like the invicible team were. They need an experienced centre back, holding midfielder and clinical striker’. This was reiterated by Alan Hansen and Mark Lawerenson on Match of the Day. So with pundits, fans and the man he took over from all saying the same thing will he spend money on some experience or not?
As the flower of democracy begins to blossom above the war-torn earth of Libya, so the seed seeks to germinate in the Syrian Desert. Protests over promised reform are met with murderous oppression as al-Assad’s government exerts its authority in a bid to avoid becoming the next domino in the revolutionary Arab Spring.