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The news that Holland’s top hockey clubs have decided to restrict the number of foreign players to three because home grown talent is getting squeezed out deserves a lot of praise. The Netherlands is one of the best hockey nations in the world but that success has come at a price. More >
It is amazing what kinds of things the cabinet finds to take all-important decisions on – especially while it is waiting to be replaced. Today it was announced that ministers want to cut the official percentage of fat in mince – from a massive 35% to 25%. The amount of fat in lean mince will also be reduced from 20% to 15% – if the cabinet has its way. More >
It has all gone rather quiet on the formation talks – he’s a sensible man, that Hans Wijffels who is in charge. Move the negotiations out of that hotbed of gossip, The Hague, and the rumour stream immediately dies down. Nevertheless, there is a little news around today: this time on the thorny issue of pensions. More >
Mind-boggling. There is no better word to describe the current controversy over college students who can’t spell or do simple maths. The latest figures show that almost two-thirds of vocational college students would fail the language test held in the final year of primary school! More >
The government and city authorities spend a great deal of time and energy improving the lot of urban youth. Unemployment, poverty, violent crime, under-age drinking, poor education and racism all tend to be seen as inner-city problems. But, if a string of recent reports are to be believed, it might in fact be time to switch tack. More >