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This post contains spoilers for the film Looper. Oh and a couple of Doctor Who episodes

When I was readying myself to go to bed last night I got an interesting text asking me to justify the ending of Looper. Over the course of the text exchange I was forced to explain the thing I found most interesting about Looper; namely how it deals with the question of free will.

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Education, Education, Education by Andrew Adonis

If there’s one issue that has bedeviled the Labour Party over the past five years it’s been the Academy School program. Whether its Gordon Brown only abandoning his previous opposition on the cusp of the premiership to nix Cameron’s catcalls that he was a ‘Roadblock to Reform’ or a lone delegate heckling a fifteen year old school girl speaking at Party Conference, Labour never seems comfortable with this aspect of its legacy.

Much of this discomfort can be laid at the feet of Andrew Adonis, the man with which academies have been identified with throughout the scheme’s history.  He now returns to the subject with Education, Education, Education; a book that promises to look at both the history of academies and what he hopes are their future.

The book has been rightly praised and it really does provide an essential insight into the workings of Government and how a reformer can covertly secure change. But it goes much further to highlight why the Labour left is right to be wary of the academy scheme.

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With Ed Miliband becoming the latest politician to call for ‘One Nation’, Will Cooling looks at the history of this most enduring political cliché.

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