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“Do you hear the people sing? It is the sound of...

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The song titled above, from smash-hit musical Les Misérables, is sung as the 1832 student-led Republican revolution against the rule of French King Louis-Philippe...

Welcome to Hokey-Cokey education policy

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As government promises news on schools reopening and summer exams, retired headteacher Bernard Trafford reckons it’s safest to assume that what will actually happen...

The coming year: light beginning to dawn, or an extension of...

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On New Year’s Eve Bernard Trafford was tickled by a bogus quote from Samuel Pepys’s diary doing the rounds on social media. But it also gave...

Ministers mired in muddles and messes prove Boris is no Machiavelli

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There was always that question-mark over Boris Johnson. Is he a highly intelligent, astute politician who likes to play the clown? Or is he...

Boris’s billions for building may boost schools but baffle parents

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Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Tuesday outlining his vision for an expansionist, prosperous future, Thursday is scheduled to bring an announcement from the...

BANKSY’S WEEK: Who’s a Priti boy? My mate Ferrari! ++ Ploughboy...

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Friday, February 21, 2020 I keep in touch with my life before retirement by listening to LBC ('Leading Britain's Conversation') via the internet. Its...

Merely threatening to bypass Parliament on Brexit places our democracy on...

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More years ago than I care to remember, I was a very young school head appointed by what seemed to me a very experienced...

Boris: will Britain really back a bouncing, bluffing buffoon?

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Well, will it? Boris Johnson was a populist Mayor of London when, arguably, populism meant making people feel good about their city, and part...

Fake news and porkies: can we stop people messing with the...

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Fake news: surely the greatest current threat to truth, honest reporting, sincere debate - even to democracy. Falsehood, it seems, is nowadays more powerful...

Heroes and villains, or mere comic-book characters?

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It seems the world’s going to hell in a hand cart, with high-profile figures, who see themselves as heroes, leading the way. Many of...