Daily Archives: January 22, 2008

At last, cooking is to be elevated to the level of importance of religious education on the national curriculum. The youth of Britain will have to learn about frying and filleting along with the ten commandments.

Whatever the merits of making cooking compulsory, it fits an interesting pattern. Education ministers just seem to be incapable of stopping themselves from foisting their own interests and hobbies on innocent children.  

Jim Pickard

Some of Gordon Brown’s recent comments have offered curious insights into how he sees the UK’s role in the world.

Last Friday saw the prime minister jet off for India and China with the promise to teach its 2.4bn citizens how to speak his native tongue. “I want Britain to make a new gift to the world….English,” he pledged.  

Jim Pickard

Theo Paphitis, one of the sour-faced arbiters of BBC’s Dragon’s Den, has agreed to join a Tory taskforce on social mobility which meets for the first time this week.

Having gone from assistant tea boy to millionaire in two decades, Paphitis is not a bad choice for the group.