Would you believe?

I’m not sure that I’d have believed you if you’d told me that a former editor of a national paper, and current Chairman of an influential think tank was going to say:

The fact is that a significant number of good teachers have paedophilic tendencies. If they commit no wrong acts, this should not be seen as a problem. Their urges towards children, if they control them, may make them more interested in their pupils’ welfare than the rest of us would be.

But he did.

I’m not sure that I’d have guessed that half of the Tories money in the last decade came from only 50 donor groups.  But the LSE have been looking at the data and they found:

the cash donations of some of the party’s biggest donors are added to those of the donors’ husbands, wives, family members, companies and business partners which we have been able to identify. It shows that £72 million – over half of the party’s declared cash donation income – has been donated to the Conservative party from just 50 such ‘donor groups’ over the course of a decade. Perhaps more strikingly, £45.5 million has been sourced from the ‘top 15’ donor groups – amounting to just under one-third (31.9 per cent) of all Conservative Party donation income from January 2001 to June 2010.

If you’d told me that the BBC would only give 40 seconds of their 2 hour Sports Personality of the Year show to women’s sport, I’d have told you that you were having a laugh.  But that’s what they did.

This section of the programme perfectly illustrated the BBC’s attitude to women’s sport. It is second in line to men’s. It is unimportant. It can be shoved into a special little section of the programme which lasts just moments. It is not even worth talking about. (None of the women featured got to speak. Many of them weren’t even named. Although they were patronisingly all referred to as ‘golden girls’.)

I don’t think I’d have worked out that it would take 4 Children in Need appeals to fund the cut was to have been made to school sports – it will still need volunteers to raise the equivalent of one Children in Need even after the u-turn.

It may be hard to grasp the scale of the £162 million of cuts to school sports for example. But saying that’s a cut four times bigger than the total raised by Children in Need makes clear it’s pretty significant.

4 Pudseys

And then to top it all Channel 4 go and cancel the only decent thing they’ve got on More 4.

The money recouped from reducing transmissions of The Daily Show should allow the broadcaster more room to invest in arts programming, such as the True Stories documentary strand, to which it signalled a commitment earlier this year.

It’s been one of those days.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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