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Thursday, November 19, 2009
  Children Schools and Families Bill
The link is to the bill on parliament's website. The text of the bill follows from here

I wonder if the "guarantees" in this are "cast iron guarantees" or not.

I need to go through the family proceedings stuff in detail, but it appears that Jack Straw's Civil Servants have betrayed him again and are setting up a system so that a journalist has to be present to say what went on and that otherwise reporting the proceedings even anonymously is still contempt.
 
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The whole thing is utter drivel. Most of it nothing more than transparent electioneering directed at middle class parents but with a dash of Orwellian thought control and double-speak thrown in to ensure that the whole is utterly un-passable by anyone with a shred of sanity and personal decency.
 
Firebird,
Unfortunately politicians do not posses neither sanity nor decency. Their interest lies with themselves and their re-electability.
The onus for control is passed from school inspectors to already overworked and under-rescourced social services in LAs.
Politically it is non-contentious as the cost for carrying out the inspections and keeping the register of HEs will lie with the LAs.
The bill will pass without much debate. Unfortunately.
 
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