Posts Tagged ‘england’

On Tuesday 30th November, the House Of Commons had an Opposition Day debate on the tuition fees, with Labour tabling a motion requesting the Government to publish a white paper on its proposals and details of how it will affect the poorer students, which was voted down by 307 votes to 244. This is seen as a precursor to the main debate which is scheduled to take place on 20th December, although the voting figures on this can’t be used as a reliable indicator as many Lib Dem MPs voted no to this motion. The fact that this motion was voted down means that the Government will not need to publish any report on how their proposals will affect the entry levels of students planning to go to university. During the debate the Rt Hon Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable admitted that he has considered abstaining on the vote (on a policy which comes from his own department).

On Wednesday 1st December, during Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron gave an indication that he would consider a u-turn on Education Secretary Michael Gove’s School Sports Partnerships proposals – something which he admitted had caused concern at local levels.

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Late last week, newspapers ran with the story of John Terry’s alleged affair with the forner fiancee of former Chelsea team-mate and good friend, Wayne Bridge. This was after Terry had attempted and failed to gain an injunction preventing the story from being broken “in the interests of privacy”. John Terry is the captain of Chelsea and England, and a major role-model for young people following football. Should people in his position be behaving like he has? How much of it is really in the public interest? There are parallels with Tiger Woods’ alleged infidelity, the difference being that here there is more than one wronged party.

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