Age Old Trick

‘Comrades!' He cried. ‘You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking…

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Andy Smithyman
Then the children became data

First they said they needed data about the children to find out what they’re learning. 

Then they said they needed data about the children to make sure they are learning.

Then the children only learnt what could be turned into data. 

Then the children became data.

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Andy Smithyman
That’s the question

…The first question that the priest asked; the first question that the Levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But then the Good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question. “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”  That’s the question before…

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Happening on my watch

“Two years ago a woman from Dewsbury called Claire Skipper, suffering from toothache, went into her garden shed, clamped the offending tooth in a pair of pliers, and pulled. Her tooth broke. There had been no vacancies at her local NHS practice and she couldn’t afford private care or the journey to the nearest emergency clinic in Bradford. A week later, in…

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Homeless?

In one place, the Newgate of the Workhouse, a company of boys and youths were locked up in a yard alone; their day-room being a kind of kennel where the casual poor used formerly to be littered down at night….

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Andy Smithyman
Deal in the unspoken

Wilder taught me that what a writer deals with is the unspoken, what people see or sense in silence. It is our job, in nonfiction as well as fiction, to juxtapose words that revel what previously may have been blinked, and provide insights obscured by convention and shame…

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Andy Smithyman