We are sad to announce the death of Fred Jarvis, CBE.  Fred died peacefully at home on Monday 15th June 2020 aged 95 following a short illness.


This site is being maintained by Fred's family as repository of Fred's thoughts on recent issues and topics that interested Fred.


My site contains a few of my thoughts and comments on politics, education and life in general. Please remember these post are my personal commentary on current political and educational developments, they must not be taken as representing the views or
policies on any groups that benefit from my membership. Any comments or views will be welcome.

June 17, 2020

On behalf of Fred's family we are sad to announce the death of Fred.

Fred died peacefully at home on Monday 15th June following a short illness.

Even though he was actively following all the political and educational issues, poor eyesight and illness had kept Fred away f...

May 25, 2018

With continuing uncertainty about the outcome, if any, of the Brexit machinations, there has been speculation as to whether there may be an early General Election, and the results of the recent local government elections are being seen as a pointer to its likely outcom...

April 18, 2018

Now that “In the Days Before Selfies”, my final photographic exhibition, has been successfully staged at the TUC's  Congress House, I hope to return to my blogging (my failing eyesight permitting).

Before doing that, I would like to thank all those who visited the exhib...

March 1, 2018

The exhibition, “In the Days Before Selfies”, was the biggest photographic exhibition that I've staged since retirement. It is probably my last exhibition as, at 93, failing eyesight has limited my photography. I recently took the final exhibition photos – of John Berc...

July 26, 2017

Sitting in the inner courtyard of the magnificent Chateau of Suze la Rousse, enjoying some superb jazz being provided by an 18-year old guitarist of phenomenal talent (at least as good as Django Reinhardt) and a violinist better than Stephan Grappelli, one could be for...

June 1, 2017

What an Election week it was! It began with Len McCluskey’s U-TURN – or more like a 15 point reverse direction with bumps into a few lamp-posts on the way - on Labour’s prospect of winning the election. He changed from saying that “200 seats would be success” to “optim...

March 14, 2017

Last week the BBC presented the final part of its screening, in six episodes, of Laurence Rees’ film of the Rise and Reign of Hitler and the Nazis. First screened in 1997, it was included in the list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the Bri...

January 13, 2017

Last November thousands of youngsters came to London (many of them probably for the first time) to take part in the Music for Youth (MFY) Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Thousands more came to the Ambassador’s Theatre for the Rep Season of the National Youth Theatre (N...

November 5, 2016

The Prime Minister's reply to my September letter can be seen here.  The letter fails to answer the fundamental issues raised by her policy to extend grammar schools.

In more than 50 years involvement in education I’ve never heard or read such a fierce public attac...

November 3, 2016

It was enough to make you puke. There on our TV screens was Nigel Farage, the boomerang President of UKIP, his ego already over-inflated, getting a further boost from the cheers of the Trump rally as he declared “We took on and beat the Establishment and so can you”. T...

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