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Guest Post: The Truth Behind the Cluck

Guest Post: The Truth Behind the Cluck

A guest blog by Jean Blakey.   A mountain of people have asked me about the meaning behind my children’s book Cluck Cluck Duck and a smattering have given me their interpretation of the book. I love that! I love that people are trying to read something into my cheeky little story about a duck who has lost his quack. If you are wondering what I’m talking about then read on. I am Jean Blakey, a friend of Iain Mansfield…

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Two Charlies

Two Charlies

I recently reread Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. It’s fascinating that for two books that are so similar – same author, same series, same length, similar vocabulary levels and sentence structure – there are still several features of the latter  that make it a noticeable, if small, step up in difficulty. Most obviously, Chocolate Factory has 30 chapters while Elevator only has 20.  As the books are the same length, chapters in Elevator…

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Conservative Home article: Tranferrable Tax Allowances and Free Child Care

Conservative Home article: Tranferrable Tax Allowances and Free Child Care

My latest article on Conservative Home argues that families should be offered a choice between the 30 hours of free childcare or a transferable tax allowance, to enable a more genuine choice between whether they should both return to work, and to allow more parents who wish to to care for their own children. The full article is here: Iain Mansfield: To bring greater fairness to families, free childcare should be linked to the transferable tax allowance