Lucy Hunter Johnston

Lucy is the Associate Editor of Independent Voices

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Why are schools failing white working class children?

A report from the Commons education select committee has said that there is a ‘real and persistent problem’ with white working class children performing less well at school that their counterparts from any other ethnic group. Just 32 per cent of poor white British children obtain five A* to C grades, compared to 42 per cent of Black Caribbean children eligible for free school meals and 61 per cent of disadvantaged Indian children.

Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
People walk past Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC, on March 25, 2014 in London, England.

Poll: Should we tax sugar?

London Mayor Boris Johnson has agreed to be blasted by water cannon

Water cannons: What should Boris try next?

BoJo is happy to be blasted by his latest toy, and who are we to stop him? But he could go even further...

Poll: Should offices have nap time?

There's nothing worse than the 3pm post-lunch slump. But according to Professor Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, we should just sleep through it. “It’s best to give your brain downtime. I have a nap every afternoon" he said.

Should the Queen abdicate her throne?

Poll: Should the Queen abdicate?

King Juan Carlos of Spain will hand the crown to his son, Crown Prince Felipe. Should our Queen give hers to Prince Charles?

Have you heard the one about four ugly girls and the sexist footballer?

Joey Barton's appearance on Question Time really wasn't his finest hour

Pupils in class at Maidstone Grammar School

Should all grammar schools be closed?

New research shows that grammar schools 'increase inequality', and widen the income gap. If this is the case, then are they doing more harm than good?

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Disney's mega money-making formula

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Lobster has gone mainstream

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Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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