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.

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...

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...

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...

September 20, 2016

[ Originally published in the TES on 16th September and online https://t.co/UQfIvtGYED ]

Dear Theresa May,

In 1991 I had a long correspondence with one of your predecessors, John Major. That led to what the Prime Minister’s aide said was “one of Downing Street’s epic exc...

September 18, 2016

He’s no Bevan, Foot, Kinnock, or even Benn - and he's a loner

As I approached my 92nd birthday and seventieth year of membership of the Labour Party, I was greatly saddened by the sense of despair I found among my friends about the present state of our Party, and their...

August 21, 2016

And so it has come to pass. The rampant Right-Wingers are on the warpath and are clearly encouraged by what the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has said about her “open-mindedness” on the subject of Grammar Schools. Her Education Secretary, Justine Greening, has said...

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