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Joe Porter: 2016 was a rollercoaster year. What will 2017 bring?

2016 was a non-stop roller-coaster ride in politics and I have personally loved most of it! We voted to leave the European Union in June. Theresa May is our second female Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn survived a second leadership election. Donald Trump is going to become the next US President this month. We have had several by-elections since last summer. On a personal level, I was liberated and felt ready to come out as gay in October just after the Conservative Party conference. It has also been great to meet so many inspiring people across the country and have the opportunity to hear lots of passionate voices. And now one has to wonder what 2017 will bring for our wonderful country and the rest of the world. Continue reading

David Cowan: A Tale of Two Conservatisms

This tumultuous political year has been a tale of two conservatisms. On one side of the Atlantic, Thatcherites are celebrating the historic Brexit vote. On the other side, Reaganites are still reeling after Donald Trump won the presidency by tearing apart the conservative rulebook. As we approach the New Year, Thatcherites should reflect on why their movement has continued to be successful unlike their American counterparts. Continue reading

Darren Millar AM: The PISA results mark a decade of failure by successive Welsh Labour-led Governments

A report published by the OECD on Tuesday placed Wales in the bottom half of the global education league table and reconfirmed its status as the worst education system in the UK – an accolade it has now held for a decade. Continue reading

Liz Smith MSP: Scotland's education policy must be fixed

The figures, John Swinney said, made for “uncomfortable reading”. That is how the SNP's Education Secretary last week described Scotland’s worst ever set of results in the ‘PISA’ ranking – the world’s most respected international league table of educational standards. Uncomfortable? Unacceptable, more like, just like those released this week relating to specific measures about the Curriculum for Excellence. Continue reading

Ian Jones: Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives

As someone who freely admits to holding a ‘One Nation’ position on most issues, my views on top spending priorities should conventionally be confined to the NHS, Education and the Welfare State. Therefore my long held belief that our number one priority should actually be none of those can arouse consternation in certain circles. Continue reading

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