Quotes of the day
March 14, 2007
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The signpost says "Hell, 50 miles". There’s a man by the side of the road selling handcarts…
Heard on the radio this morning, a Labour MP from Brighton (may have been Des Turner, can’t quite remember) explaining why he would be voting against Trident. It’s not a deterrent, apparently; especially when the main threat to national security comes from terrorists ‘and we don’t know where they are’. Yes, yes. Because the main, crucial, reason we haven’t been using nuclear bombs in Afghanistan is because we can’t locate the right people to nuke.
Also, there’s a new initiative to impose a kind of national curriculum on babies, from birth to starting school. Children will be assessed on whether they can play with their toes, make random marks with their fingers and hold tools and books. Beverley Hughes, the children’s minister, has "rejected suggestions that a 92-page set of practice guidance featuring
513 skills and attitudes children should acquire which accompanies the
framework was excessively detailed".