David Lammy wasn't a widely known politician this time a year ago. The Labour MP had been in the Brown government as a junior
Do we really want to develop an education system based on well-meaning but ultimately skewed nostalgia?
The 6th annual London Literary Festival has just got underway at the Southbank, and to mark its eclectic programme, we've
Striking teachers and parents took part in a protest on Tuesday outside a school which is resisting academy status. Downhills
Politician David Lammy's remarks about smacking have brought the debate on child discipline more sharply into focus this week. He was, in part, reacting to a directive enacted by New Labour in 2004 which precluded parents from using a level of force that might incur a 'reddening' on the skin of their progenies
You know what Mr Lammy? I can see why you think those looters deserved to be smacked, but I'd advise you to smack their parents instead. They are the ones who failed to discipline their children properly; if anything, I bet they hit their kids regularly, creating adolescents that believe violence and lawlessness are acceptable.
'You're A Bunch Of Trots And I'm Stalin' - David Lammy Sheds Light On Michael Gove's Peculiar 'Ideologies'
Describing your political opponent as devious and sly are both relatively acceptable adjectives in the cut-throat world of
For those of you who are still wondering what was really behind those riots that shocked the nation last summer, we now have a new explanation. It's nothing to do with the gaping 'social deficit' described by David Cameron, or a "feral underclass" of state dependents, described by Kenneth Clarke, secretary of state for justice. No, it was smacking, or rather the absence of smacking that caused it all.
There is always that child you know you should never ring home for, who may be disrupting a class, but whose parents are suspected to be a little too free with their fists. That child who is known to Social Services, who may not have broken bones, but cries hysterically when you say you might ring home to their mum or dad to let them know their child has a detention. That child whose life swings between rebellion and fear. The rebellion in school against the harsh discipline of home, the fear that their school may cause physical harm in trying to resolve the issues.