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Brown Study

There is a 10-page briefing dated 24 September 1996 prepared for a meeting between the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and the Australian Select Committee on Child Migrants on 1 October 1996 when John Major was Prime Minister,

It’s a pretty appalling document, as it totally repudiates all responsibility for the forced immigration of children to Australia and Canada.

"It is important to resist the temptation to apply modern standards and values when considering a policy that dates back more than a century. The government does not, therefore, consider itself in any way responsible for the proportionately small number of cases in which the scheme failed to live up to its objective."

"The schemes were sanctioned by parliament under successive governments, none of which dealt directly with individual cases. The government does not, therefore, consider itself in any way responsible for the proportionately small number of cases in which the scheme failed to live up to its objective....

Fun With Intelligence Tests 2

These come from an extremely old compendium of games that I've had for many years. I've hidden the answers on another blog page - there's a link at the bottom of this one.

Fun With Intelligence Tests 2

HAVE you ever tried any Intelligence Tests? Here are some to play with. No doubt you are an intelligent person, but what sort of intelligent person are you?...

Careless Explanations in a Post-Truth World

Careless Explanations in a Post-Truth World

Donald Trump is the leading exponent of “post-truth” politics—a reliance on assertions that “feel true” but have no basis in fact. Two pieces in the JEP have both argued that it doesn’t matter if politicians make statements that are untrue, as long as they end up with good results. Matters of what’s true and what’s false are irrelevant.

In his letter to the JEP, Gerard Baudains tells us that “Deputy Andrew Lewis stepped into the breach. I am no fan of his but nevertheless he grasped the situation and came to the conclusion that Lenny Harper, the investigating officer was essentially out of his depth and the only person who could control him was the Chief of Police, Mr Power....




"A quote taken from recent Hansard transcripts from Deputy Hilton suggests that I said during questions in 2008 that I had seen a copy of the Metropolitan Police Report when in fact I said “I had read an alarming report from the Metropolitan Police".  I accept that this didn't adequately describe the report to which I was referring. I had read  a report from the Deputy Police Chief (DCO) about the Metropolitan police report. I unfortunately could not name the report fully as this would have identified the DCO who was the whistle blower. At no time was there any intention to deceive members of the assembly....

The Bells of Lundy

This poem sequence was inspired by listening to writer and poet Gwyneth Lewis experiences  in  the Radio 4 documentary "A Voyage to Lundy", in particular when she describes the Church and the bells.

With the Atlantic Ocean to the West, and the Bristol Channel to the East, Lundy lies eleven miles from the nearest mainland off North Devon. The Island is three miles long and half a mile wide, and covers 1,100 acres.

The current church of St Helen’s built by the Revd Hudson Grosett Heaven has been a notable feature of the Lundy skyline since 1897, but the history of Christianity on the island dates back as early as the 6th century.

The population of the island at the time was around 60 and was often swelled by visiting seamen, which explains its size....