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hannan posts sense on the modern information age

This should be more widely seen.

“There are one or two very specific areas where governments need to act in secret, but most of what has been leaked falls into the Pretty Bloody Obvious category. The only reason it is of interest is that it was classified. The days of official secrecy are over; they have been displaced by technological change. Get used to it.”

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bribes required, 2010 - by country

Bribes reported being made, by country. Image:  transparency.org
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“Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (the Barometer) is the only worldwide public opinion survey on views and experiences of corruption. As a poll of the general public, it provides an indicator of how corruption is viewed at national level and how efforts to curb corruption around the world are assessed on the ground. It also provides a measure of people’s experience of corruption in the past year.

“The 2010 Barometer, the seventh edition, reflects the responses of 91,781 people in 86 countries, and offers the greatest country coverage to date.”



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education, education, education - the socialist legacy

“...More strikingly, 77% of the between schools differences in student performance in the United Kingdom is explained by differences in socio-economic background...”

“ ...In the United Kingdom, boys outscore girls in science by 9 score points, the third largest gap among OECD countries after the United States (with 14 score points) and Denmark (with 12 score points).”

“ Only seven OECD countries spend more per student than the United Kingdom. While GDP per capita reflects the potential resources available for education in each country, it does not directly measure the financial resources actually invested in education. However, a comparison of countries’ actual spending per student, on average, from the age of 6 up to the age of 15 puts the United Kingdom at an advantage, since only seven countries spend more than the United Kingdom on school education per average student. Across OECD countries, expenditure per student explains 9% of the variation in PISA mean reading performance between countries. Deviations from the trend line suggest that moderate spending per student cannot automatically be equated with poor performance by education systems. For example, Estonia and Poland, which spend around US$ 40 000 per student, perform at the same level as Norway and the United States, which spend over US$ 100 000 per student. Similarly, New Zealand, one of the highest performing countries in reading, spends well below the average per student. While the United Kingdom spends almost US$ 85 000, Germany or Hungary achieve a similar average performance and spend around US$ 63 000 and US$ 44 000 respectively.”

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fake-lib-dem afficionado of moscow has dodgy assistant - allegedly

What a surprise - a Lib Dem has a dodgy assistant.

Until you realise he is one of the socialist Labour entryists who have so weakened the Lib Dems over so many years.

“Claims about Mr Hancock's 'companions' came as it emerged he had asked dozens of parliamentary questions about nuclear weapons and other hugely sensitive defence topics to the point where responses by ministers were vetted by the security services.

“Among them, he asked for the locations of berths for submarines, a request to publish an inventory of the country’s nuclear arsenal and when the next design review of the Trident warhead will take place.” [Quoted from dailymail.co.uk]

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“Chris Bryant, the former Labour minister for Europe, said he and other MPs were also alarmed by Hancock's apparent unwavering support for Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime.

“Hancock has entirely bought into the Russian state viewpoint," Bryant claimed. He said MPs on the all-party Russia group were so unhappy with Hancock's pro-Putin views they ousted him as the group's chair in June. Bryant, now shadow minister for Russia, replaced him.” [Quoted from guardian.co.uk]



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spain’s failing socialists forced into right wing policies

“Spain, battling to douse market fears of an Irish-style bailout, on Wednesday unveiled plans to raise billions of euros through the partial privatisation of the state lottery company and the sale of a bigger stake in its airport operator.

“Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also announced his Socialist government would scrap a monthly subsidy to unemployed workers and would cut taxes for 40,000 small and medium sized firms to help spur growth.”

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