Author: David Holden

David has lived and worked in Yorkshire for over 20 years in both technical and higher education. He describes being struck by the socio-economic inequalities that are reflected by the educational aspirations for all our children and young people. He says it’s time for us to re-address our definitions of decent living standards and the accountability of our local and national governance.

Are you in line for the covid jab?

David Holden

Health inequalities are systemic. The government has not prioritised Covid-19 jabs for all people with intellectual disability. Nor does it prioritise those at home, their family carers, or peripatetic agency carers going into several different homes daily, and often wearing the one set of PPE provided for the day.

Eugenics: the Malthus Cummings delusion

David Holden

The announcement that the Department for International Development is to be wrapped into the Foreign Office allows Cummings complete control of its budget. The disbursement of foreign aid has been a contentious issue for many years. In its various incarnations, aid objectives have long wiff-waffed between ministerial ownerships as the political overlords redefined its purpose. […]