Published: Friday, January 14, 2011
It’s Burns Night tomorrow in Kidwelly. We’re a trifle early: it should be close to 25th but Kidwelly is low down the pecking order for a pipe band. Your correspondent will be doing the Address to the Haggis as usual. A few years ago we went to a Burns Night in Swansea where the Address was much more amusing and charismatic than I can manage. Their Scottish country dancing was also more polished with everyone knowing exactly what to do. Our dancing is a bit of a shambles as nearly everyone is a beginner. More fun though.
I once heard a radio programme on the subject of “Happiness”. One contributor said that Scottish Country Dancing embodies all the key elements of happiness – exercise, music and companionship. On the other hand it is said that you should try everything at least once in your life except for two things: incest and Morris Dancing!
The New Statesman makes some good points about the Governments craven failure to deal with bank bonuses. While the banks may claim that bonuses are a just reward for high profits, those profits would not have happened without a State bail-out. It is the tax payer who should be reaping the benefit. Also, the bonus culture is based on maximising risk in pursuit of short-term profits, the root cause of the financial collapse.
Simon Hughes, Lib Dem spokesman on education says that while pupils of fee-paying schools make up only 7% of the population, they account for 25% of university students and at Oxford the figure is 50%. He plans to do something about that. A letter to the Guardian points out that he should start with the Lib Dem party where 25% of MPs are from fee paying schools. For Labour the figure is 15% and for the Tories it is close to 50%.
This got me thinking about Burns Pet Nutrition; I suspect that ex-fee-paying pupils are under-represented. We may need to introduce positive discrimination to meet the quota for public-school pupils.
On January 4th I wrote that I had at least one reader. Fiona, our nutritionist tells me her mother also reads it so that makes two. But perhaps she doesn’t count as she’s family.
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