That clicking sound is the noise of the country heading up to the top of the rollercoaster. We've queued throughout 2016 and finally, we're going to enjoy the ride. This year, Trump will be President of the USA. With or without Parliamentary approval, Article 50 will be invoked. New grammar schools will be permitted for the first time in decades.
I was going to call this section 'Buckle up!' but that suggest some form of choice from the participant. But no. In the next few months, we're all going to be harvesting the fruit from last year and the decades that lead up to it. These will be interesting times.
Happy 2017, all.
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Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week...
Technical and Further Education Bill
This Bill is designed to simplify technical education and address skill shortages by ensuring high quality vocational training. It’s most controversial aspects relate to the provisions that protect students should their technical, or sixth-form, college fail financially. While protecting students may not be contentious, the notion that the Government will bail-out a failing college could well be.
This is a Government Bill from the Department for International Development. It would increase the amount of money the Secretary of State can allocate to the Commonwealth Development Corporation - a government owned investment company that predominantly operates in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Higher Education and Research Bill
This is a fairly controversial Bill, now in the House of Lords. It paves the way for more competition in the higher education sector, by making it easier for new universities to be set up, with an Office for Students and a Teaching Excellence Framework to be implemented. It clashes quite a lot with devolved policies in Wales and Scotland, so expect Labour and the SNP to not be too happy with it.