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Another economic crisis looms, but can the Tories still smell a majority in 2015?

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Despite a disastrous economic period with no end in sight, can the Tories remain quietly hopeful of a majority at the next election?

Things haven’t got any better since the onset of austerity. They’ve got worse. A global crisis may well be looming, but the UK has still grown more slowly in the last year than every other EU country apart from Portugal and Romania. After the starkest fall in household incomes since 1981 this April, living standards are set to sink a further 6-10% by 2013.

When GDP growth reached the pre-recession level of 1.1% in the second quarter of 2010, the OBR predicted a further 2.6% expansion in 2011. But growth is now virtually non-existent: 0.5% and 0.2% in the last two quarters, and not a flake of snow in sight. The IMF has again revised its UK projection down to 1.1% for the year, warning it would be “wise” to “develop contingency plans”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Sam Boyd

September 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Posted in Politics

Truancy will not be tackled by this political posturing

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How do we stop kids skiving off school? It’s the sticky question that faces parents, teachers and policy makers every new school year, and solving it now appears more distant a prospect than ever.

Between 1997 and 2010 under the Labour government, parents of unrelenting truants were hit with a series of increasingly severe measures, including fines of up to £2,500 and even prison sentences. Yet, since 1997, the overall truancy rate has worsened by 42%. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sam Boyd

September 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Posted in Politics