Labour wants to strip private schools of their charitable status and associated tax exemptions.Most Britons (55%) say private schools should not be allowed to be charities and should lose tax exemptions.https://t.co/44OCApK89F pic.twitter.com/lZUikamJAY
A somewhat selective socialist?
That charitable status enables more scholarships and bursaries for bright children from non rich families to attend private schools and is anything but just a tax break for rich people.
Note too while 68% of Labour voters back scrapping private schools charitable status, less than half of Tory voters do. If we encourage more free schools and grammar schools that would be a far better Conservative way of encouraging state education
It will be a cause of some fun embarrassment during an election campaign.
Only if you had a child who was not bright did you need to send them to a private school (with a few top independent schools like Eton, Harrow and Winchester still getting pupils for snobbish reasons)
Surprised not to see yougov going with Should former Chancellors who "settle disputes" over tax for 7 figures face prosecution?
In December 2019, the Conservatives won 47.2% of the vote and 345 seats. Labour won 34% and 179 seats and the LDs 7 seats on 12.4% of the vote.
Last night's Opinium sub-samples for England were:
CON: 30.3% (-16.9)
LAB: 46.9% (+12.9)
LD: 8.7% (-3.7%)
That's a 14.9% swing from Conservative to Labour in England and a 10.3% swing Conservative to LD in England.
14.9% takes us down to Elmet & Rothwell, number 193 on the Conservative defence list. Add on a bit of tactical voting and a Conservative parliamentary party post-election 2024 similar in size to that of 1997 can't be ruled out.
YouGov earlier in the week had Labour 50% in England, the Conservatives on 27% and the LDs on 9%. This would be a 17% swing from Conservative to Labour in England. That takes us to Kettering which is seat 228 on the Conservative defence list. If that and every seat above it fell, the Conservatives would have a smaller rump in the next Commons than they did after 1997.
Oh yes, at least one post on the subject from HYUFD on every thread.
Oh and, selection at 11 is not the answer for the millionth time.
"We think private education is a service that should be charged tax like any other service"
"But YOU send your kids to private school"
"Yes, and I will happily pay taxes on it"
Make the public sector better and so good we don't need private anymore. Aspiration. Good.
55% in favour must mean 45% against! I don't know?
Out of ideas so we'll have the 20% VAT instead thank you very much.
If it had been in any other year, I think it would have been a strong Remain vote.
So it only needs a small swing to the Tories in England and we are in hung parliament territory given Labour does not have a majority of Scottish seats unlike 1997
In Stockholm county alone, 126 shootings were recorded in 2022, resulting in 28 deaths, as well as 31 attacks with explosives, which was up from 23 deaths as well as 25 attacks with explosives in 2021. Countrywide, Sweden saw 388 shootings resulting in 61 deaths and 90 attacks with explosives last year; the number of deaths was up by one-third over the previous year.
It is already clear that the violence has continued into 2023. Last week on Wednesday, a man was shot dead at a train station in Jordbro, on the southern edge of Stockholm, and last Thursday, a bomb was thrown into an apartment block in nearby Farsta, damaging a stairwell.
Police suspect gang conflicts, many with their roots in competition for control of illegal drug sales, have evolved into a cycle of revenge attacks now sweeping the city. They believe the killing of a man on Christmas Day in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby may have triggered subsequent attacks in the city’s south.
Electorally it has nothing to do with education. By that I mean it won't be read by any voters as a promise to improve the education of their children.
The same was true about Blair's famous "education, education, education". That was primarily about
1) getting a big chunk of the working class into lifelong debt from when they were 18 (never forget that the Financial Times supported Blair), and
2) making sure he got votes from the "good state school" brigade, i.e. middle class types who want their brats to get one up on the plebs but who are too mean to pay fees or perhaps don't consider themselves horsy enough to send them to an HMC school or "loadsamoney" bookmakery enough to send them to a lower-ranking "independent" school. [*]
Many in the population are semi-illiterate nowadays, can't compose even a moderately complicated sentence, can't do joined-up handwriting, and spend most of their time picking their smartphones.
No party will address that.
Most who think they know something about education can only talk about it in a revoltingly bureaucratic and professionalised way, with lots of punchworthy fashionable jargon thrown in, and wouldn't know education it if kicked them up the a*se.
*) I am aware these are stupid stereotypes. This is just in case anyone thought otherwise. They are still what many tofu types believe, though.
I believe in non-selective education. I sent my children to a comprehensive school. I could have afforded private education. They did just fine. Maybe they didn't make the network connections they would need to become a Conservative MP, but I can live with that.
Mainly yugoslav army grenades apparently. Nobel would be proud.
My parents had four boys within 5 years of each other. Three went to the local Grammar and one went to the secondary modern as it was then. The teaching wasn't much different but the discipline was better at the Grammar.
One or two from the local council estate who'd been left behind joined us later in the following years, As they tended to join the 'A' stream it suggested others could have joined too.
Anecdote only, but suggestive.
Tax fiddles for private schools? The way of the world, but not something important enough for me to worry about.
Cameron had the inheritance tax giveaway, although he had to drop that in coalition.
Having said that, as I write I realise we’ve only had 2 such governments in waiting in my entire life. Thatcher in 1979 was not a centrist needing to keep her right wing quiet. She was the right wing.
Note: "Dnipropetrovsk and Dnipro" is the author's way of showing she knows that the city changed name. They aren't two different places. One thing I learnt from the article is that Ihor Kolomoisky wasn't only Mr Big from Dnipro - he was actually the governor for a while. Yes, Ukraine is just as much a mafia state as Russia. The article is slanted and the idea that there is no anti-Jewishness among non-Jewish non-Russian-speaking Ukrainians is false. A good read, though, for those who want some background now that Dnipro is getting shelled.
Of the 2019 Conservative voters, 41% are still loyal, 25% are Don't Knows and 18% are intending to vote Labour with 10% now supporting Reform.
Not all the 20% of Don't Knows in England are Conservative - nor can you blithely assume all the Reform Party supporters will run back to the Conservatives at the first hint of an election.
As for this "small swing", the 50th most marginal Conservative seat is Hendon which would be lost on a 3.84% swing. The England swing currently is 17% - add on the Reform UK voters and you get down to a 14% swing but Hendon falls and with it the majority on less than 4% so it's a bit more than small and you're going to need the 25% of Don't Knows from the 2019 vote to come back en masse..
Nice for you.
As my daughter pointed out when she was 12, how else do you differentiate between 'fewer quailifed people' and 'more quailifed people'?
So it's fairly easy to diagnose...
It's not like Palestine in the 2017 manifesto.
I would just add that we had a B stream at Grammar School which was predominantly full of the public-sector housed children. The B stream were referred to as "less able" by the staff, relegated to CSEs and few got 5 or more grade ones.
Starmer and Labour are right on this
NB: I went to a bog standard comp
Morris Dancer is that you?
More or less.
Of course they can get by but they will just become even more exclusive with fewer scholarships and bursaries and less sharing of facilities with the local community.
So the end result is our top public schools become even more just restricted to the very rich here and from abroad, especially at boarding schools
And what applies when there has been an incident and an unconscious person seems they may have sustained internal injuries may not apply in other circs. "Want to find out if you've got internal bleeding? Simples. Stick your finger up your bum and see if it comes out red" is not universally appropriate advice.
I'm probably about the same age as you and I do a lot of running too - 4 miles every morning. My approach is to do everything I can to keep my immune system strong. When the day comes that something does happen, I have little or no faith in the NHS or with very few exceptions in the rest of the medical fraternity either.
My guess is that the first will either be Sweden or France
You could argue Italy has done it already with Meloni, but their system is so fucked and fractious nothing ever happens whoever is elected
That means the upper middle classes will be forced into the state sector, and these posh parents will then use their sharp elbows and loud voices to demand better education for their kids in state schools, and, thus, everyone else
You are more likely to find the privately educated in top city law firms or barristers' chambers or amongst senior army officers or judges or diplomats than amongst Tory MPs now
What pressing social need justifies giving a fee-paying school enormous tax exemptions? There isn't one, is there? These organisations are parasitic. Their leeching should be stopped.
Plus those upper middle class parents will only send their children to Outstanding state schools anyway, especially grammar schools or faith schools or free schools.
That means more of the pupils in those Outstanding state schools now will be forced into state schools which only have a Good rating or even Requires Improvement or Inadequate
1 Don't buy a hair-shedding dog like a Beagle or a Labrador. The hairs get jammed up in the machine because the diameter of the dust container is too small.
2. Remember to wash or replace the filters regularly.
3. James Dyson is a Brexiteer Tory. Send it back!
The sums involved are actually relatively trivial. Schools are run not for profit, so there's no corporation tax foregone. Charitable status saves the sector about 100m a year in business rates, whoopee. The thing about VAT is if you start charging it you also start reclaiming it which schools currently don't. Bet you didn't know that.
Now to be fair, there is too much towniefile sentiment at times. No animals ever die, they retire to farthing wood, and live on lettuce forever.
Nature is shit. Animals starve to death when they can no longer hunt, get diseased, or get predated. Animals eat other animals.
None of which means we need to hunt foxes with dogs, on horseback. But without other predators (wolves, bears etc) foxes tend to high on the food chain, only limited by the food they can get, hence towns are a natural draw for them. Much better grub raiding West Hampstead bins, than roughing it in a cold, muddy wood, subsisting on roadkill and earthworms.
The fox hunting ban was right, but down for all kinds of reasons, some frankly spiteful, some a misguided sense of cuddly foxes.
Cracked a vertebra playing rugby. NHS A&E missed this and sent him home with some painkillers.
Went private, found the problem.
Then went back to the NHS hospital and demanded to see the senior consultant. When asked if he was going to sue, he said - “Fuck no. Just get your chap in here and look at this X-ray. So he knows what to look for next time.”