Resisting the white paper for higher education

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science

David Willetts’s white paper on higher education, to be published today, is being trailed in the newspapers. The response from what we call ‘universities’ – which actually simply means their decision-taking heads, the vice chancellors, over whom academics at universities outside Oxford and Cambridge can exercise precisely zero democratic influence – will almost certainly be sycophantic and ideologically collusive. So what will be in the white paper? As a taster, the Guardian reports that Continue reading Resisting the white paper for higher education

Why there really is no such thing as society

Mrs Thatcher in 1979

The really problematic thing about Margaret Thatcher, from the Tory perspective, is that she once told the truth by accident. In an interview with Woman’s Own in 1987 (available on the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website) she famously said: Continue reading Why there really is no such thing as society