The Kennedy family is, as we all know, one of the strongest political families in the United States. The Obama campaign for the Democratic Nomination recieved a huge bolster today when it was given the firm endorsement of Ted Kennedy, Senator for Massachusetts and brother of John and Robert.
Ted himself ran a campaign for the Presidency in 1980, launching an unsuccesful bid against the sitting President Jimmy Carter, of his own party.
His support will be a massive victory for Obama as he is looked upto with great fondness by the Democratic Party as well as respected by many Republicans and Independent voters.
Right. Before the Tories beat me to it, and perhaps some comrades may disagree with what I am about to say, I wanted to say how AMAZING I think McQualifications are. Fantastic.
This is a report that McDonalds, Flybe and Network Rail are soon to be delivering proper qualifications. Something like A levels in catering management is planned; food selling with a bit of HR and marketing. I understand that Network Rail are planning much more advanced engineering qualifications, perhaps at a Masters level.
Now, this isn’t dumbing down by any means. They’re intended to be quite difficult things to achieve. Although adding a new dimension to learning, as business offers its own way of skilling its workers, it is a positive move. It’ll mean that people who want to work or who don’t want to study can still get skilled while on the job. And all of these jobs are in places where, historically, people went who might not be immediately attractive to employees elsewhere.
I look forward to seeing how this impacts the other education institutions of the world. As business is clearly saying that it can provide better employees on its own than in partnership with established education providers, this will make the fees debate and the ‘traditional’ academic debate more nuanced than ever before. Fascinating times…
In all the commotion over Hain and Watson, we forgot to mention on the blog local MP Liam Byrne, who this weekend received his third ministerial portfolio. As well as a constituency MP, Minister for immigration and the West Midlands, he will now be a Minister of the Treasury too.
The Tories were already upset about him having more than one role and are predictably miffed at him gaining a third, although Byrne insists he can cope- and that “it is good news for the Midlands to have a Minister with a hotline to the Chancellor”.
Clearly he is highly thought of and a hard worker- It sounds like hell to me, but if he can cope with all those roles then congratulations and good luck to him!