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Obsorne’s Autumn Budget: how can the same facts be cited as evidence for opposing interpretations?

It would seem from reports about George Osborne’s recent Autumn Budget, that there was little dispute over the facts on the economy. However, whilst the Tories cited the facts as supporting evidence for a ‘more of the same’ policy, Labour … Continue reading

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Bi-polarity: not only in the head but in the nation?

I was staggered by the obscene number of US dollars spent in the recent battle for the US presidency. There seemed to be no limit to this spending ritual. I was left wondering how many individual, family, organization and business hardships would … Continue reading

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What do the global financial crisis, Lance Armstrong, Jimmy Savile and the British Psychological Society have in common?

What have the following in common? The global financial crisis; Lance Armstrong; MPs’ expenses, the press phone hacking and the Jimmy Savile scandals; the list is almost endless. The, perhaps, non-obvious answer is they are all instances of systemic failure within institutions … Continue reading

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Police and Crime Commissioner: the Americanisation of British culture: the thin edge of the wedge?

Surely in a nation state policing is policing is policing; and were you to relocate from one part of England to another you would expect the same set of policing priorities to exist.  Apparently not so, now in England. In … Continue reading

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When does an enduring crises become a permanent state?

The media has done little over the recent past except to report on the Euro Zone and its so called economic crisis. So enduring has the ‘crisis’ now become that commentators refer to it as a continuing crisis. If the … Continue reading

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Learning: a cause or a consequence of being able to do?

‘Learning’ is an epiphenomenon: it is a descriptive label we assign to those changes in thinking, feeling or doing we believe are the result of experience. The antithesis of ‘learning’ is ‘instinct’. Whenever we say behaviour is instinctive we are … Continue reading

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Ofsted: not the tool for achieving outstanding education for all pupils

It is instructive to regard Ofsted not simply as an institution but as a tool for ‘raising educational standards’. There is, however, a simple conceptual reason why Ofsted not only is not, but cannot be the tool for ensuring that … Continue reading

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“I deserve a bonus”: irregular conjugations

In his LANGUAGE IN THOUGHT AND ACTION, published in 1949 S.I.Hayakawa tackled the topic of how people use words and words use people. In doing so he constructed a number of irregular verb conjugations. I am firm. You are obstinate. … Continue reading

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Accessing how individuals are impacted by the loss of ‘affect’ and ‘effect’

When did you last hear of anyone being affected by government policy, the economic crises, climate change or the riots? And when did you last hear of anyone trying to effect a change, say, about the atomistic world-view thinking about … Continue reading

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Andrea Pecherek, chartered psychologist and Bond Solon expert witness, blocks diagnosis and treatment of latent /converted handedness

Andrea Pecherek, a British Psychological Society (BPsS) and Bond Solon expert witness, has prevented all chartered psychologists in the UK from gaining expertise in recognizing, diagnosing and managing latent and converted handedness. Pecherek has done so from her erstwhile position … Continue reading

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