'Fourteen into three won't go'
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:59
'See that building over there?" My guide points down the road to a white monolith whose large windows dominate the surrounding landscape. "That's the social work department. And, see, if you were a battered wife going in there to seek help, your man could stand here and see you going in and out and in every one o' they rooms. You'd get the hiding of your life when you came out. It's like a lot of things in Easterhouse, it's not very well thought out."
Residents of this sprawling Glasgow housing scheme, one of the most deprived in Europe, have their reasons for being sceptical of grand visions intended to improve their lives. But, in the case of a primary school reorganisation that is to shut 10 schools and four nurseries in the area, replacing them with three "campuses", they are less sceptical than actively angry.
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Fathers 4 Justice
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:58
It may be freezing but "a simmering pot of volcanic ash" is hotting up and ready to explode across Britain. So said a spokesman for the protest group Fathers 4 Justice yesterday, angry about the government's new child-access arrangements.
These men's anger cannot be doubted. From scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace to bombarding the prime minister with powder, their protests have become increasingly fierce and desperate. Now the government in Westminster has offered some changes, which have been dismissed as mere tinkering by the group. In fact, that is all they are. The package amounts to little more than a restating of the existing position that the court must protect the rights of children. That is all very well, but it does nothing to address the men's central complaint, which is that they say they are being systematically discriminated against.
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