Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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He who controls the past controls the future

Welcome, then, to Matthew Hancock, our new minister for FE. What wasn't obvious at first is that he's a minister from FE as well. FErret's colleagues posted on Twitter after the announcement: "How much does Hancock know about FE though? Educated at The King's School, Chester, PPE at Oxford, MA at Cambridge. Then Bank of England."

That information came from the biography on his own website. But by the next morning, it had been clumsily amended in a different font to mention "West Cheshire College of Further Education", as it is never known. Later, the font was fixed and the college given its more usual designation of "West Cheshire College".

It's a bit of an Orwellian approach. We are at war with Eurasia, we have always been at war with Eurasia. We are proud of our connection to FE, we have always been proud of our connection to FE.

Mr Hancock appears to be adept at polishing his CV. For instance, he claims that he took part in the most northerly game of cricket ever recorded. In fact, he took part in a failed expedition to the north pole and contracted frostbite. He and a friend hit a cricket ball around with skis as a consolation. …

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