Saturday, 19 July 2014

Let us all Celebrate! A new Education for our Children

Now no more ‘prescriptive education’ for our children! Let us all celebrate.

On the 28th may last year I complained about the prescriptive education our children might receive at the hands of the then secretary of education. It seems that more than 50% of teachers did not like his ways very much and perhaps found working under him something of a straight jacket.
So the hope is a brighter future for the classroom.  Of course there has to be some guidance in what is taught but why does it take several years and only when it is politically a good idea that a change is made. Does a looming election have any effect?

Sadly we may yet again return to Education as  simply the political football of our partisan ‘democracy’; it kills and spoils the sense of adventure and enjoyment that is possible for children and young people as it is kicked around the pitch. 

Can this ‘return’ be prevented – maybe ‘the academy principle’ applied to all schools and much more open access for parents and their ideas is the best answer. 


Monday, 9 June 2014

Extracted from a recent Link Co-Operative meeting; On the panel were Evans Gallo, Steven Jhakra, and John Broadhead

The Meeting opened with John saying - ‘The Co-Operative principle has been in my mind for a long time now; But can we to our advantage look at LINK Co-Operatives work more seriously. 

Recently, on Radio 4, I heard about a Co-operative operating in East Lothian,  Scotland. This  company, ‘Clansman Dynamics’ , was sold to it’s workers in 2009 by it’s Owner/ Manager, to become  a cooperative venture.  It makes remote control manipulators were work pieces from a few pounds to several tons can be moved around by the operator. Here the workers, some 39, have became part owners of the company and now all can give input to the running of the firm. With open meetings any member may  bring up points and have these discussed and, if adopted by the meeting, acted upon. The enthusiasm and interest in the work going on has now completely increased and profits have doubled since the change.   
So it was decided by our panel members to try this method of working for the Link Co-Operative.

It was already in place to some extent but to give time and develop the principle further was to be our new approach and to make the LINK’S work our work.  
Any  person is welcome to join us simply by giving his / her time and effort as they attend one of our Friendly Forum meetings on the fourth Friday of the month ; but people  are also welcome to join our New Ideas and Admin meetings on the second Friday and this meeting will feed in ideas for our Friendly Forum and help us go further.     
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Saturday, 26 April 2014

We agreed that our meetings were quite unique

We three of LINK co - op met on 25 April . It rained and it was just we three. We agreed that our meetings were quite unique and people did not know what they were missing and that people in the UK did not do communications and so missed out on much of life. So we went to the pub and agreed that this new meeting format was very interesting and we would do it again! See you next meeting - It's to be May 30th.
Pls check nearer to then, just to be sure.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Some TRY to get out finding a job or even take the new route and set up their own self employed business.  Many who succeed then find they are working hard but they have less  money than they got before happily (or unhappily) sitting in the benefits trap. Many say then ‘why should I bother, Job satisfaction only comes with work so I can keep my family!

Advanced machinery reduces the need for labour and the number of jobs available, it is not surprising that the ‘benefits trap’ has become a regular way of life for many and a viable way to survive.  

‘’How can we overcome this huge difficulty facing society? Is it possible to overcome it?  Here is a society running so short of opportunities many are sucked in to soap watching and the national grid goes into overload just as EE comes to a close and all the kettles are switched on to make a cup of tea?

How can fresh initatives be stimulated?  Our ‘soften the fall media’ has a tremendous dumbing down effect; there is now  a huge and sad malaise in society.

Young people are still hoping for a job; even those well placed by family background and education who obtain the passbook of a degree find it difficult to get work with less and less places available.

Here comes the watering down after many schools unfortunate misleadings; the sharpness of hope is taken out of life. 

WE may talk of job experience or even joining the services to get a real training and all these might be possible had we a democratic government working for the people of this country and thinking further than the Westminster game show. Here  MPs are safely cocooned and has others hit hard time they vote themselves higher salaries, how  on earth can such a situation continue.

Look at Daw Mill, here  is a real life example of why the situation will never improve.  

The loss of yet another colliery at Daw Mill in Warwickshire. A fire has been burning for almost a month now and this after lots of work so the mine may continue! Here is the last straw. So sad?  

Yet is this really the true situation? We live now in an age of technology and advanced fire control techniques.  It may not be easy but of course the fire can be put out and there is coal there to be mined, some 56 million tons remain on the site! If UK Coal want to rescue the work of 650 miners there they can do it, yet instead they are working with government to close the mine. This will not just make 650 miners very unhappy but many more people whose work is drawn from supplying the mine with all the ancilliary services it requires, perhaps 2 or 3 thousand jobs and the wellbeing of many families around the area will be shattered, gone for ever.

Is the buck carried by UKCoal?  Is UKCoal part of ‘our’ democratic government and do they really care?

‘We will toddle down to Westminster and play our party games as we always do’ they may say----‘  come on David et al , here is a real chance to show what to do and that ‘we are all in it together’  

20 million or whatever is very little compared with the cost of all these people forced onto benefits and all those skills gone. Now for once we must sacrifice the god of money and save this centre of working for  all the people concerned. We desperately need to build up again all the UK’s industries as a better way forward for all : or surely we all become office boys selling insurance to one another as an extension to the city of London! A truly grim prospect.