Opinions

Grammar schools right to query entitlement framework

Grammar schools are right to highlight problems with the Department of Education’s ‘entitlement framework’, which requires all secondary schools to provide a broad range of courses in both academic and practical disciplines.  There is a very real danger that forcing schools to provide courses which only a tiny number of pupils want to study will stretch resources for key subjects to breaking point. 

"Big society" at the heart of David Cameron's riot response

In his column (18 August) Liam Clarke asks “whatever happened to the big society” in the aftermath of riots in England.  If Liam cares to read the prime minister’s speech, delivered last Monday, he will find that the big society is right at the heart of the government’s response to the violence.

Conservatives stand up for Northern Ireland

I’m encouraged that Alex Kane is taking such a keen interest in the future of the Northern Ireland Conservatives and our electoral prospects.  To be clear, the fact that I did not confirm or deny any if his conjecture in July 16th’s News Letter does not mean that I endorse it.  Like any political party we continually discuss various strategies and ideas and will continue to do so.  However, just as I took issue with some of the conclusions in that article, I must also contest the analysis in his latest column. Letter published in 2 August News Letter.