Thursday, August 30, 2012

Six of the Best 273

Somebody's Flung the Cat Again hates it when politicians talk about "hard-working families" - and has some good news from Tim Farron.

"Lives have been ruined by priests who pretend to be godly. Those priests have been knowingly, deliberately and persistently protected by others who pretend to be godly. We have even seen an abuser of children ordained as a priest, despite four bishops and an archbishop knowing the truth about him." A Comfortable Place on the publication of the report of an inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury's office into  two decades of child protection failures in the Diocese of Chichester.

Top of the Cops looks at the slow-motion car crash of this November's police and crime commissioner elections, with particular reference to the Conservative selection in Cambridgeshire.

"Killing a learner’s natural curiosity doesn’t happen overnight. It can take as long as 12 years, and in some rare cases even that isn’t long enough." TeachThought helps you hasten the process with its 12 easy steps.

Love and Liberty looks forward to the publication of Alan Garner's Boneland and back to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

On his Guardian blog, Jonathan Jones cuts Damian Hirst in half and pickles him: "1970s Blue Peter was worthy – "too middle class", it might be called by a modern TV executive – and promoted intelligence as well as fun. It was definitely the bookish kids at primary school who won Blue Peter badges. So young Damien Hirst, like me, sat watching Valerie Singleton narrate illustrated biographies of Grace Darling ... So what does Hirst do? He goes on today's Blue Peter and mocks the educational values of 70s Britain and the traditional BBC that he and I both benefited from."

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