Some small items.
The father who was fined for taking his child out of school for a week's holiday has lost his appeal against his fine at the Supreme Court. The main argument was that a child's education can suffer badly even from a week away from school.
Contrast this with an acquaintance of mine whose boy had to be kept at home for about eight weeks following a serious operation because the school wouldn't accept the responsibility for ensuring thet he took his medicine at the appropriate times.
When the father raised the issue of the school giving the lad some work at home so that he could keep up with his studies, the school insisted that the absence would make little difference and that he would soon catch up!
Who is correct? The court in accepting that a child can get behind with a mere week's absence or the school which said a child would soon catch up after 8 weeks absence?
Breitbart reports that former European Union employee Peter Mandelson has urged Prime
Minister Theresa May to pay the £50 billion “ransom” the bloc has
demanded as the price of Brexit.He added that she should deal with the small change of the financial settlement in
the first negotiation as quickly as she can in order to advance in as
propitious as way as she can to the second stage of the negotiation,
which is about the future trade arrangement.
This shows his, and one suspects most Labour MPs', attitude to taxpayers' money. To Labour, £50million is "small change". I wish I had a bit of that small-change in my pocket!
Finally Syria. The consensus of opinion is that Assad was responsible for the sarin gas attack against civilians in Idlib. My question is "Why?". He is winning the war, the 'terrorists' are being pushed back, Trump had recently announced that he no longer considered the removal of Assad was a priority and the attack has changed Trump's attitude as well as, presumably, embarrassing Putin. So I still ask "Why?", could it have been one of the various terrorist groups or even as someone suggested, as a result of a bomb or shell fire on a chemical weapons dump in the city? Hard facts are difficult to get and the BBC initially reported it as a Napalm attack.
I remain undecided.
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