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Parents steal wheels from GIRFEC propaganda wagon

In the wake of Hampdengate (where things didn’t go to plan for the government, despite taxpayer funded bribes of £25 vouchers, free travel and lunches being offered to parents, children and young people to go forth and promote the ‘benefits’ of data theft), the propaganda wagon has lost all its wheels and will hopefully soon […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Law, Politics|0 Comments

Hazel and the lioness

Further to our recent post, Deregister or be damned, in which we highlighted the plight of former home educator Jackie Turner, who is being prosecuted for taking her nine year old daughter, Hazel, out  of school for this three week backpacking trip,  we are pleased to see the mainstream media embracing the story. Support for Jackie’s position has been overwhelming, […]

By |June 26th, 2015|Education, Family, Law|0 Comments

Hands Up For Home Ed in Wales

Welsh home educators are today gathering for a #HandsUpForHomeEd picnic on the steps of the Senedd (Welsh Assembly Building) to show the solidarity of the home educating community against the draconian Draft Guidelines For Elective Home Education in Wales, which are currently open for consultation.

Picnickers will be  wearing T-shirts decorated with the ‘I’m Home Educated, Not Invisible’ slogan and bringing […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Advantage O’Neill as GIRFEC Newspeak exposed

We thought we should post an update on the GIRFEC judicial review appeal hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh before judges Lord Carloway, Lord Malcolm and Lord Bracadale. It is to be hoped that three judicial heads are better than one, especially given the good Lords’ recent victory in protecting their own privacy […]

By |June 6th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Deregister or be damned

A Herefordshire parent with many years of experience home educating her older children is being prosecuted for taking her nine year old daughter on a backpacking ‘holiday of a lifetime’ during term time. Ironically, had she exercised her parental right to deregister (under which circumstances, in England, the school would have been legally required to remove […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Education, Family|2 Comments

Getting It Right for the State

The UK Column News, broadcast on 29 May 2015, is a must watch for home educators and others who are concerned about citizen wellbeing (or, more accurately, wellbehaving) outcomes, as dictated by the state and a gang of unelected ‘leaders’.

Home educators will note in particular the plans for compulsory registration contained in Labour’s pre-election policy proposals (08.30), but the point […]

By |May 29th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Politics|0 Comments

The GIRFEC Files

As  most of our readers will be aware, home educators have been at the forefront of the campaign against GIRFEC surveillance and the imposition of a Named Person on every child in Scotland. The online petition set up by the Scottish home education charity Schoolhouse to raise public awareness has attracted over 6600 signatures and some incisive accompanying comments from […]

By |May 24th, 2015|Articles, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

The Benefits Bonanza, 1971-2015

Here is a snapshot of an an old Sunday Post article, dated 26/12/71, when Ted Heath was Conservative Prime Minister.

Forty-four years on, plus ça change…

In the early part of the 21st century, reality shows and documentaries about life on benefits in some of the poorest areas of Britain have become a popular form of light entertainment.

‘Benefits Street’ […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Politics|0 Comments

We’re the (Home Ed) Biz!

Our members and visitors may like to know that a long overdue upgrade of this website is currently underway. We are planning a re-launch in the near future, so please watch this space for further details! Progress has been painfully slow due to a combination of trials and tribulations on other fronts, but the project is now nearing […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Enterprise|0 Comments

Human husbandry

By Neil Taylor

“Why does the wolf don sheep’s clothing?  So he can devour them at his leisure. Appearances are deceptive.  Relying on superficial optics is hazardous to health.” (Daily Kos)

I have been quite fond, if that is an appropriate adjective, of quoting the late film maker Aaron Russo in the youtube video of him talking to […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Articles, Civil Liberties, Family, Politics|1 Comment