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Politicians and nappies have one thing in common - they should be changed regularly - and for the same reason. 

We spend the first 2 years of a child's life teaching them to walk and talk, then the next 16 telling them to sit down and be quiet. 

Anyone who smiles in a crisis has found someone else to blame.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many people is research.

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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Example Article 3: Primary School places

Families in England will find out on Tuesday whether their children have got into their preferred primary schools. Last year about one in 10 families missed out on their first choice - but 98% got one of their top three places. Primary schools have added 636,000 extra places since 2010 to meet rising numbers - but that demographic bulge is now moving on to secondary. Head teachers' leader Paul Whiteman said securing a place can "feel like a battle for parents". More than 600,000 families will find out where they have been offered a school place for the autumn.

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The national picture on applications will not be known until June, but the chances of getting a first-choice place have been improving in recent years - up from 88% in 2014 to 91% in 2018. But last year, about 2% did not get an offer on their three top preferences or any of the schools they named. Top tips on choosing a primary school Wealthier families do better out of school appeal system Population boom moves from primary to secondary There are big regional variations each year - with authorities such as the East Riding of Yorkshire, Northumberland and Rutland having more than 97% of families getting their first preferences. But the lowest success rates tend to be in London, with only 68% of families in Kensington and Chelsea and 77% in Camden getting their first choice last year. A population boom had put pressure on places - but that has peaked and this year's application numbers could show a downward trend.

For the past decade, primary schools have been building extra classrooms as pupil numbers rose by about 15% between 2009 and 2018, up to 4.7 million. The size of the average primary school grew by an extra 42 places, but this has not been spread evenly, with some expanding very significantly and with some areas still struggling to meet demand. 'Anxious wait' Mr Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, called for a more joined-up "national strategy" to ensure enough places. Otherwise, he said, "the annual anxious wait for families will continue". Mr Whiteman warned of a "haphazard" approach to expansion, so that "new school places are not always being commissioned in the areas they are most needed".

Article by Sean Coughlan, BBC News family and education correspondent.

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EXAMPLE ARTICLE 4: ONE STOP SHOP, LONDIS & PREMIER ARE TESCO

So are FAMILY SHOPPER, BUDGENS, BOOKER and MAKRO - but no sign of Tesco's name anywhere!

Tesco is competing with itself having stores in our town branded Tesco Express, Londis, Premier and One Stop Shop. The interior style of the brands is a little different, but the opportunities for Tesco to offer poorer value in these ‘local’ shops is very apparent – read on . . . .


Wikipedia states: "Britain’s biggest supermarket uses its chain of 639 One Stop convenience shops – which many customers do not realise it owns – to charge up to 14 per cent more for goods than it does in Tesco-branded shops." 


Tesco has massive buying power and is very able to provide everyday and essential items at comparable prices through all its store brands and in all its outlets. Is this not opportunism and the 'greed' culture at its worst?


Tesco has bought 'The Booker group' for £4 billions. In a piece from The Guardian, “Tesco’s takeover of Booker has created a new powerhouse in Britain’s £200bn-a-year food market.


Booker is a grocery wholesaler supplying 125,000 independent convenience stores as well as 468,000 restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities such as cinemas. It employs 13,000 people and has sales of £5bn.


It is the UK’s largest cash-and-carry operator via its 172-store Booker chain and Makro, which has 30 outlets. Booker (now Tesco) also controls  the 'Premier', 'Londis', 'Family Shopper' and 'Budgens' outlets which make up about half of the retail clients it supplies.


Premier is the largest branded group with 3,358 outlets, while Londis has 1,903, Budgens has 150 and Family Shopper 52.”


That means that currently in Lytham St Annes approx 2 out of every 3 'convenience stores' now come under Tesco. Why did the ever useless competition watchdog allow this? - Is this good for us, the consumers?


Not satisfied with all this, Tesco is now aiming to compete with Aldi and Lidl by opening  cheaper and more basic stores in the car parks of their main stores in some areas. In a way this seems arrogant and patronising by saying "For those on lower incomes, here's somewhere more basic." We would say to all the big supermarkets "If you can offer cheaper goods now just because you have better-value stores snapping at your heels, why have you not offered customers far better value years ago?" Tesco seems to be moving towards offering two levels of stores - one for those who  'have more' and another for those who 'have less'. Hmmmm.


Finally, it seems that the only definition of a Convenience Store is one with less than 280 sq/m of floor space! So it seems convenience is just a matter of size even if it's more expensive. Really? In the wake of this, small independents have had to close down.

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spot the difference - the disappearing 1/2 pint of milk !

Just 2 Litres from Tesco's One Stop Shop for £1.10p

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How do you explain this Tesco?

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£1.10 each but a full 1/2 pint difference, that's 2 kids cereal portions or 4 white coffees, or two Angel Delight portions.

2.272 Litres from Tesco Express for £1.10p

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