Tag Archives: Department of Education and Children

At least he never made Peter Karran a minister…five reasons to not be annoyed that Tony Brown is getting an OBE

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So, it’s just been announced in the birthday honours, that former chief minister Tony Brown is to be awarded an OBE. I’m not convinced we are going to hear a fanfare of approval, if his profile in various online forums … Continue reading

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Oh no, it isn’t Act 2 of the House of Keys panto is it? (Oh yes it is)

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At long last, following a lengthy review process and the compilation of a consultants’ report, we have Act Two of the House of Keys panto. The first act of Peter Down the Pan, if you cast your mind back far … Continue reading

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Mr Robertshaw, what guarantees can you give that your welfare escalator won’t become a stairway to heaven?

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Next Thursday will see the release of the first Tynwald question paper of the Isle of Man’s parliamentary year. Normally such an event sees an opportunity for point-scoring, settling scores and playing to the gallery. Here are a couple of … Continue reading

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The trouble with Michael Gove

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Michael Gove has unveiled his grand plan to ditch GCSEs. It shouldn’t come as too great a surprise. He wants students to have a nice big exam to sit at the end of their studies. The biggest surprise is that … Continue reading

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Son, it’s time for a man-to-man chat about nursery

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It has finally arrived, the time for my son to start at nursery school. Like most parents, there is a mixture of dread, pride and excitement at this big moment. So, it feels as though it should be time for … Continue reading

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Crystal ball gazing for the year ahead in Manx politics

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The summer is nearly over, so it’s time to take a look at the political year looming ahead. Here are six predictions for the Isle of Man. At least one of the current Council of Ministers will not be in … Continue reading

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We’re going to learn a lot about Tim Crookall in his new role as education minister

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Tim Crookall may find he needs asbestos lining to his trousers as he continues to settle in to the hot seat position of education minister. As this blog continues its review of ministerial performances in the Isle of Man, attention … Continue reading

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