Six of the best
Reader’s Comment of the Week
In response to Kathy Gyngell: Boys are getting a raw deal in education. And our economy suffers as a result, Herbert Purdy wrote:
I’m on holiday in the Med at present and have spent an enjoyable hour or so reading this comments stream, which is fascinating. Apart from it being a total wipeout of the usual little feminist crew, who are by any measure simply insane, what strikes me is the relative absence of reasoned female contributions. One would have thought that a website entitled The Conservative Woman would have a significant input from, well, conservative women. Or even women, irrespective of their political leanings, or none. Are women uninterested in their sons’ education? Are they uninterested in current affairs? Or are they so comfortable in what feminism and the ridiculous gynocentricity that feminists have managed to bring about among us suits them, and they don’t want to rock the boat?
TCW Hero of the Week
In a week when school leavers up and down the country have been contemplating their imminent trip to university following successful A Level results, Julia Hartley-Brewer has told it how it is. “University was never meant to be for everybody,” she wrote in The Telegraph. “Young people have been sold a lie.” As was the country by Tony Blair – his 50 per cent target simply being a way of manipulating employment figures.
If university is open to everyone, no matter what a student has or can achieve, then degrees become meaningless and being a graduate is worthless. That’s why six in ten of current graduates are in non-graduate jobs. And why Julia is our hero of the week.
TCW Villain of the Week
Chairman of the BBC Trustees Rona Fairhead, appointed last year to safeguard licence-fee payers’ interests, has proclaimed in the pages of The Independent this week that the Corporation is damned near perfect. She has been quick to label any criticism of her ailing organisation as ‘prejudice’ and ‘vested interest’.
Unluckily for Rona, Ofsted has shot her down, as we pointed out this week. Her aggressive stand is an early warning shot in the forthcoming battle over charter renewal.