Sunday, February 28, 2021

Mark Ellse

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Mark Ellse is a physicist and author. He is a former headmaster, independent school inspector and A level chief examiner.

Mark Ellse: May’s muddled meddling spells trouble

Am I not beautiful? Slim, attractive? Perfectly, yet tenderly, coiffured? With a smile and demeanour that dazzle men half my age and such energy...

Mark Ellse: Our nuclear funk starts on the Sheringham rocks

For a quarter of a mile along the shore of the Norfolk resort of Sheringham, large boulders protect the town from coastal erosion. That...

Mark Ellse: The Blob is a convenient excuse for educational failure

'Ah,  Sir Humphrey, I could do with a minute. Shut the door and have a seat.' 'Yes, Minister. How can I help?' 'It's just that I'd...

Mark Ellse: England is fit to burst. Why should we let in any more?

Now class, a little geography lesson. And I want us to be Little Englanders for the day. Forget all about the Welsh, Irish and...

Mark Ellse: ‘National Living Wage’ will cripple our small businesses

The Bank of England has just cut its base rate by 0.25 per cent amongst a raft of measures to 'increase monetary stimulus.' It thinks...

Mark Ellse: The only real security lies in Christ

In the light of the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in France, the archdeacons of Birmingham and Aston have written to their flock. They wanted...

Mark Ellse: BBC abandons all pretence of balance and threatens post-Brexit riots

'There now follows a party political broadcast on behalf of the Socialist Workers' Party.' That's what it should have been entitled. It pretended to...

Mark Ellse: Cowardly adults fuel classroom chaos

What are we to make of the 'shocking' incident on a Clithero to Manchester train? Three unruly boys, thought be aged 8 to 11,...

Mark Ellse: Gay marriage cost Cameron the referendum

Gay marriage was David Cameron's 'poll tax'. Like the poll tax, it passed through Parliament and was successfully implemented. Both measures had something to...

Mark Ellse: Nottingham police could criminalise all men

Dear (Susan, Katy, Annabelle or Rebecca ...) Forgive me, please forgive me. I didn't get your permission before the verbal approach I made on …...

Mark Ellse: There is no quick fix in education

If you have an 11-year-old, you'll be aware that just about half of them will be told over the next few days that they...

Mark Ellse: Will the British ever learn the virtue of hard work?

They were a funny lot, the indigenous British. After the second twentieth century war they turned to socialism, thinking that poverty could be abolished...

Mark Ellse: Can we trust Boris Johnson on the EU?

'I am perfectly prepared to concede that if you do not handle your vacuum cleaner correctly you may end up accidentally inhaling the hamster...

Mark Ellse: Wrapping children in cotton wool does them no favours

Alan was a fragile boy, ill at ease with his peers and very much an outcast. A number of us staff in the science...

Mark Ellse: School absence – unreasonable bureaucracy fosters dishonesty

A mid-week flight to a holiday destination had the normal sort of elderly clientele that one would expect to that place. Amongst them were...

Mark Ellse: The lesson of Deepcut. Women don’t have the strength to serve on the front line

'Deepcut barracks had failed in its duty of care to young trainees,' said Judge Brian Barker QC, coroner at the inquest into the death...

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