Covid-19: Williamson promises 300,000 extra laptops
12/01/2021 | news | education | 477
The laptops and tablets will be delivered to schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils.
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12/01/2021 14:36:18 53 13
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Williams promises more lucrative contracts for friends of the Tory Party, I think you mean.
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12/01/2021 14:42:22 40 11
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Much like the free school meals fiasco. Ashamed to be British.
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12/01/2021 14:37:14 67 19
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Poorer members of society need the same access to computers. Contrary to populist prejudice, they don't spend all their benefits of the latest smartphone et al.
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12/01/2021 14:48:33 57 7
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Having experienced living on benefits, this is accurate. Many simply do not understand how difficult it can be.

It is annoying that they use a few notable outliers as examples then generalise it to the entire population who is on benefits, because it is simply not true.
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12/01/2021 14:49:54 20 6
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Oh god, did you see the HYS yesterday. Apparently no child is in poverty because people don't starve to death in the UK. It was shocking to see how far removed from reality some people are.
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12/01/2021 15:27:58 4 9
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Of course they do and TV's and booze
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12/01/2021 15:44:35 2 8
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True some spend it on neck tattoos ??
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12/01/2021 14:38:19 4 2
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This should have all been planned when the summer covid scenario was articulated. Stop the headline grabbing wide promise and deliver, how many more opportunities do you need to get this right for the our future generations?
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12/01/2021 14:45:58 1 2
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I thought the terms "Tory Policy on " and "planning" are mutually exclusive.
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12/01/2021 15:00:10 0 0
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Agree completely with you. I am so disgusted with this government
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12/01/2021 14:38:54 4 3
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Is it a coincidence that Network Rail have just announced an initiative of supplying reconditioned laptops to schools? Could it possibly be that the Government are trying to do this on the cheap?
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 0
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Why are Network Rail getting involved in this? They are government-owned and heavily subsidised - if they have spare money it should be used to lower the charges to rail passengers.
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12/01/2021 14:56:59 0 0
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They do everything on the cheap, unless its for their cronies. out of date PPE for one example
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12/01/2021 14:39:28 43 11
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£100m for 300k laptops & tablets? Seems rather steep. I guess the contract must be going to some friend of the ERG (perhaps Dido Harding can do it?), then more millions will be spent when the govt are sued, again, for not following their own bidding laws.

Still, keep heaping this debt on the future generations while lining the pockets of your own mates – you are Tories after all.
About £300 per laptop with the necessary software isn't excessive.
Make sure your facts are correct before you start your start voicing your left wing garbage.

Ever worked for a lliving? I doubt it.
Removed
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12/01/2021 14:56:34 2 8
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How much do you think a laptop which is set up for use on a schools system costs.
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12/01/2021 15:45:52 1 1
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Not one should be new. Must be millions available second hand. Probably free. Just typical of the rich MP types that think everything they have is new.
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12/01/2021 17:06:21 5 1
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If my maths is correct that £100m for 300,000 laptops works out at about £330 per laptop/tablet. Would hardly call that steep - check the price of a decent laptop plus the software and it looks like a good deal. And that's before factoring cost of setting up, administration and getting the laptops to those who need them.
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12/01/2021 17:23:02 3 1
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Averages at £333 per laptop, good price. My work laptop which isn't the best was double that !!
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12/01/2021 22:01:15 1 2
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For a start, every laptop is probably going to have to be "defaulted" to each school's settings, and also upgraded - all of which takes time and bandwidth - and then there is paying for all those licenses that are sort of there for free for the first 90 days, and then require additional payments

eg MS Office on 300,000 laptops? The cost of that alone is £millions
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12/01/2021 14:39:29 100 19
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Williamson has invited parents to complain to Ofsted if they have concerns over the quality of online learning.

I invite you to complain here if you have any concerns over the quality of Gavin Williamson's leadership and governance.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:59:09 47 17
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Sack him for a start
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12/01/2021 15:44:32 7 0
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You mean Ofsted, who are all safely working from home?
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12/01/2021 19:58:49 3 1
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As a school leader, I have been sent a number of emails my parents have sent to Ofsted to tell them what a great job schools are trying to do. No comment yet from Ofsted, though I am sure they are not happy to be wading through emails of support!
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13/01/2021 02:40:05 1 4
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Standard Far Left trolling
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13/01/2021 10:59:33 0 0
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What leadership and governance. These machines should have been sorted out months ago. He's about as useful as a chocolate fireguard.
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12/01/2021 14:39:33 46 11
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And we all know how much Tory promises are worth.
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12/01/2021 14:40:01 13 3
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Now would be a good time for large software companies to make a gesture and supply free software so that people can make the most of these laptops.
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12/01/2021 14:42:32 14 0
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If they are Chromebooks then the software will be free
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12/01/2021 14:46:31 3 1
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Microsoft did that in schools so the children only learnt Microsoft products. Guess what they bought when they grew up?
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12/01/2021 14:51:22 0 0
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Windows machines come with basic office 365 software which allows kids to interact with schools and learning. And most schools have microsoft baded accounts for teams.
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13/01/2021 11:14:06 0 0
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Surely school pupils can use Open Office instead of MS Office? Open Office is completely free. However I'm not sure what good open source alternatives there are for pdf software that does more than the basics of the free version of Adobe. Anyone got suggestions?
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12/01/2021 14:40:09 50 9
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Not very much in the grand scheme of things. Should be about time that someone qualified from the education sector be placed into the Education Minister role rather than this shambles. He is like Johnson. Dither and Delay.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:58:18 28 3
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Yes the day that politicians got involved in education was a bad day
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12/01/2021 14:40:37 3 1
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Every child that needs one will get it when the pandemic is over.
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12/01/2021 14:56:18 2 0
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Doubt it. Don't trust any statement from the government now. Too many have just not materialised.
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12/01/2021 14:41:06 22 9
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Worldwide shortage was the excuse a few days ago now the awful Williamson has found a hidden supply of 300,000. They are all liars!
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12/01/2021 14:41:15 36 14
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Another headline, another lie about to materialise.
Schools have seen these promises before.
Look at the free schools meals delivery - a disgrace - private companied profiting from hunger. Take Marcus Rashford to intervene again.
How much longer can people support/defend this government??
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MVS
12/01/2021 15:24:30 16 25
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By "Marcus Rashford" you mean Roc Nation Sports International PR company and the 20 dedicated marketing people who drive the Rashford publicity machine.
Talk of exploitation!
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12/01/2021 15:43:52 1 5
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Disgraceful they exist. Let alone the rubbish fresh useless garbage supposed to be in it. Only needs to be tins of baked beans, value ranges not brand names. A loaf of wholemeal bread and that is enough. I never have almost all of that list in that article. Food faddists nonsense dross.
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 2
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laptops are not good if you can not feed them
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jon
12/01/2021 14:49:01 3 5
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But an alternative to the Xbox?
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12/01/2021 15:00:36 2 0
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Laptops don't require feeding, just electricity. :-)
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12/01/2021 14:38:54 4 3
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Is it a coincidence that Network Rail have just announced an initiative of supplying reconditioned laptops to schools? Could it possibly be that the Government are trying to do this on the cheap?
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 0
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Why are Network Rail getting involved in this? They are government-owned and heavily subsidised - if they have spare money it should be used to lower the charges to rail passengers.
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12/01/2021 14:50:21 0 0
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Just shows what profits they are making
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jon
12/01/2021 14:41:37 10 12
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Great news to enable distance learning. It’s a pity Captain Hindsight can’t make up his mind whether to close schools or keep them open. What’s the point of sitting on the fence?
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12/01/2021 14:43:14 9 7
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Tory troll. Let's move on.
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12/01/2021 14:41:56 68 18
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As it will be procured by another Tory donor, expect these chrome books and iPad minis to cost nearly 3 grand a piece.

Cronyism...just think about the trickle down when their cup overspills
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12/01/2021 15:28:48 33 4
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Why expensive ipad minis ? There are plenty of cheaper tablets out there good enough.
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12/01/2021 17:09:49 7 0
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Check your maths as £100million divided by 300,000 is about £330 no £3,000
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12/01/2021 17:20:12 3 0
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Since when did a ChromeBook cost £3k ?!?! Average price is £250-£300.

A laptop is a laptop not an iPad Mini !!
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12/01/2021 19:54:16 6 4
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Exactly.
Tories dont do the usual tendering process to procure the best deals but no one seems to care anymore..
Gavin has probably already set up his mates with the contracts.
Cheap Laptops at extortionate prices means they'll make plenty of money..
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12/01/2021 14:42:21 10 9
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tory let kids of this country starve; they have no shame !!!
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12/01/2021 14:44:22 8 6
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You need to get out more and see what poverty actually is.

We have relative poverty in the UK.
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12/01/2021 14:36:18 53 13
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Williams promises more lucrative contracts for friends of the Tory Party, I think you mean.
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12/01/2021 14:42:22 40 11
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Much like the free school meals fiasco. Ashamed to be British.
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12/01/2021 14:45:33 4 8
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Feel free to flog yourself it alleviates your perceived shame.
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12/01/2021 14:42:26 59 8
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Haven't they had a year to get this sorted out by now
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12/01/2021 14:51:50 32 7
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Should have had a plan and cunning plan
what a useless lot they are, found the money for the non workable track and trace, hold on have not heard about them for a while.
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12/01/2021 14:54:43 7 1
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They should be held to account for such incompetence. Sadly, I don't think that will happen in the foreseeable future.
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12/01/2021 21:46:43 2 1
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Don't be silly

This is being used as a Culture War / war against the Trade Unions / ware against Experts

Did you not hear Gavin Williamson asking parents to write and complain if teachers / schools were not supplying the required number of hours per day ?

Blame culture from right near the top.

Unbelievable, Gavin Wiliamson should have been sacked for that alone. Utterly disgraceful.
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13/01/2021 18:42:18 0 0
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This will be like their earlier promises... it won't happen!
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12/01/2021 14:40:01 13 3
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Now would be a good time for large software companies to make a gesture and supply free software so that people can make the most of these laptops.
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12/01/2021 14:42:32 14 0
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If they are Chromebooks then the software will be free
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13/01/2021 10:37:32 0 0
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We have a family O365 license, But yes if using Google Doc`s or Sheets then it is free and interchangeable with Office as an opensource file. For me Chromebooks are wonderful Built in Virus protection, Simple robust machines no delicate hard drive. and an all day battery.
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jon
12/01/2021 14:41:37 10 12
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Great news to enable distance learning. It’s a pity Captain Hindsight can’t make up his mind whether to close schools or keep them open. What’s the point of sitting on the fence?
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12/01/2021 14:43:14 9 7
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Tory troll. Let's move on.
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jon
12/01/2021 14:46:53 1 1
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Why is Labour behind in the polls when they should be streets ahead?
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12/01/2021 14:43:46 25 6
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Pledge = Wont actually happen with Williamson the numnuts
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12/01/2021 14:44:19 5 0
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Who could possibly have foreseen the need for more laptops for school kids?
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12/01/2021 14:42:21 10 9
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tory let kids of this country starve; they have no shame !!!
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12/01/2021 14:44:22 8 6
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You need to get out more and see what poverty actually is.

We have relative poverty in the UK.
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12/01/2021 15:04:15 0 3
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Oh that's alright then. So long as we're not walking miles to collect dirty water then British kids can miss out on education.
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12/01/2021 14:44:39 8 0
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The 300k are welcome, however from yetsreday:

Pupils in England who have no access to laptops are designated as “vulnerable children”, the Department for Education has said
more than a million children fall into this category

https://tinyurl.com/y2dd9c5e
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12/01/2021 14:45:04 0 5
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Are they free ones?
Can I have one please Sir?
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12/01/2021 14:41:35 0 9
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No point in providing education. All these children will die from COVID.
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12/01/2021 14:46:48 5 0
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is this comment supposed to be funny? guess you missed out on one also!
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12/01/2021 15:11:39 0 0
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I can't believe that you have made such a dreadful comment.You should be ashamed
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12/01/2021 14:45:14 3 6
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These 300,000 pc's/laptops will be used for games and social media mostly and not school related subjects for learning.

Giving 300,000 computers to children is also fine if the cost of internet is being paid also; as I guess most without computer's do not have internet services!
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12/01/2021 15:13:52 1 0
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A lot of games are actually very useful in developing skills such as spatial awareness and helping develop logic thinking
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12/01/2021 14:42:22 40 11
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Much like the free school meals fiasco. Ashamed to be British.
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12/01/2021 14:45:33 4 8
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Feel free to flog yourself it alleviates your perceived shame.
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12/01/2021 15:19:03 6 3
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It's called a moral compass.
Don't bother yourself.
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12/01/2021 14:45:38 7 12
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another handout, what next free sky tv, fags and booze?
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Hal
12/01/2021 14:45:51 9 6
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I watched Dad's Army the other night.
Private Pike could do a better job than this joker and he would have infinitely more credibility.

Why does our PM tolerate these serial failures?
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12/01/2021 14:48:16 3 2
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because he "don't like it up him"
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12/01/2021 15:23:57 1 0
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A serial failure himself. Documented.
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12/01/2021 15:25:12 1 0
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Because Boris is one of them as well, a lying part time MIA work shy don’t work weekends blustering pile o randy laundry??
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12/01/2021 14:45:51 2 3
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Tough job for everyone involved.

Well done all for your own hard work and sacrifices.
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12/01/2021 14:38:19 4 2
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This should have all been planned when the summer covid scenario was articulated. Stop the headline grabbing wide promise and deliver, how many more opportunities do you need to get this right for the our future generations?
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12/01/2021 14:45:58 1 2
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I thought the terms "Tory Policy on " and "planning" are mutually exclusive.
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12/01/2021 14:40:01 13 3
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Now would be a good time for large software companies to make a gesture and supply free software so that people can make the most of these laptops.
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12/01/2021 14:46:31 3 1
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Microsoft did that in schools so the children only learnt Microsoft products. Guess what they bought when they grew up?
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12/01/2021 14:46:36 36 8
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And tomorrows news will be: 300,000 lap tops, bought from China via a Spanish middleman (that was paid 11million commission), for the price of 97 million, vanish after being sent to a bogus online school. The school had previously been observed by MI6 for its links to terrorism and immigrant trafficking. Williamson was unavailable for comment.
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12/01/2021 14:41:35 0 9
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No point in providing education. All these children will die from COVID.
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12/01/2021 14:46:48 5 0
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is this comment supposed to be funny? guess you missed out on one also!
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12/01/2021 14:43:14 9 7
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Tory troll. Let's move on.
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jon
12/01/2021 14:46:53 1 1
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Why is Labour behind in the polls when they should be streets ahead?
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12/01/2021 15:00:09 1 0
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What Polls? Democracy does not work in this day and age. Look where it has got us.
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
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I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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12/01/2021 14:50:19 8 2
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Your comment shows the value of having an education. You should try it.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:53:47 1 0
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Get a grip
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12/01/2021 14:57:20 1 0
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Ah, another derogatory, ignorant generalisation of families struggling to make ends meet.
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12/01/2021 15:01:43 1 0
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Missed out on an education?
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12/01/2021 15:03:23 1 0
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One if you're the recipient.
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12/01/2021 14:47:53 9 1
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Only last week Williamson stated. He understood the problem. But claimed he couldn't help. Due to world shortages. I found that difficult to believe as the on line sites,all had various models and brands. He could have comendered them all. Now he finds 300k.
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Hal
12/01/2021 14:45:51 9 6
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I watched Dad's Army the other night.
Private Pike could do a better job than this joker and he would have infinitely more credibility.

Why does our PM tolerate these serial failures?
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12/01/2021 14:48:16 3 2
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because he "don't like it up him"
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12/01/2021 14:37:14 67 19
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Poorer members of society need the same access to computers. Contrary to populist prejudice, they don't spend all their benefits of the latest smartphone et al.
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12/01/2021 14:48:33 57 7
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Having experienced living on benefits, this is accurate. Many simply do not understand how difficult it can be.

It is annoying that they use a few notable outliers as examples then generalise it to the entire population who is on benefits, because it is simply not true.
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13/01/2021 10:28:04 0 0
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Most benefit-recipients are in work!
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12/01/2021 14:48:55 23 3
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£100m gets 300,000 chromebooks? That works out at £333.34 per chromebook. A bit overpriced IMO - considering they are bulk buying
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12/01/2021 14:52:54 20 5
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Possibly getting them from a 'friend' (or family member given the NHS Contacts given out without going to tender last year) which will push the price up...obviously
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12/01/2021 15:00:30 1 1
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No point buying chromebooks if your system relies on microsoft.
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12/01/2021 15:05:17 2 0
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I recall requesting a computer for NHS work (many many years ago). When I finally got approval I was told I had to purchase though central stores - thus limiting specification and producer. Found one I wanted but the price was 30% greater than I could buy locally for same model - official reasons given, warranty and free servicing (never serviced). Unofficial - price hike due to payment delay
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12/01/2021 15:34:34 3 0
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Obviously you haven't heard of the great laptop shortage that's happening right now, especially in low cost laptops where margins for manufacturers are thinner so they are concentrating on producing higher value laptops. Prices for cheap laptops are currently artificially inflated compared to the norm due to high demand and low supply.
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12/01/2021 17:15:23 2 0
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Williamson said laptops and tablets - not chromebooks. Even with bulk purchasing discounts a decent laptop with fast processor etc is going to cost £300+
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12/01/2021 14:48:56 9 3
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Have the laptops he previously promised arrived yet, because last I heard they hadn't
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 2
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laptops are not good if you can not feed them
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jon
12/01/2021 14:49:01 3 5
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But an alternative to the Xbox?
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12/01/2021 15:24:31 2 0
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LOL my how witty and so original. tory clown.
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12/01/2021 14:49:04 31 2
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For what most kids need - you don't need new or high powered laptops / tablets.

Like NR - many large firms dispose of 100's of 3 to 4 years old machines annually - some via larger leasing cos / manufacturers - that would more than do for web streaming etc.

Seems sensible for schools etc to access if can.
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12/01/2021 15:30:35 19 0
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Good idea but unfortunately there is a lot of red-tape about supplying old laptops for alternative uses (charities). I think you have to arrange for hard-drives to be wiped and machines checked before they can be passed on. This is why many just remove hard drive and destroy it, then bin the rest.
Such a waste - there must be a better way.
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12/01/2021 17:20:22 2 1
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As a teacher (and former school IT co-ordinator) who has worked with young children for 30 years I can assure you that kids do need high powered laptops and tablets - machines of lower quality often break down in my experience.
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12/01/2021 17:57:04 0 0
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I agree with the sentiment of reusing older kit or stuff that’s a bit lower spec, but the reality is often different. Mere updates slow the device to an unusable crawl, or the user experience is sufficiently naff that you just wish you’d bought a better device. I’m far from an apple fanboy, but their kit does work and works well for most people. That’s what kids need.
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12/01/2021 14:37:14 67 19
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Poorer members of society need the same access to computers. Contrary to populist prejudice, they don't spend all their benefits of the latest smartphone et al.
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12/01/2021 14:49:54 20 6
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Oh god, did you see the HYS yesterday. Apparently no child is in poverty because people don't starve to death in the UK. It was shocking to see how far removed from reality some people are.
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12/01/2021 14:53:00 18 6
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I saw that. Pretty disgusting really.
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12/01/2021 14:53:56 19 8
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Brexiteers have gone back to demonising benefit claimants. It's very sad.
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12/01/2021 14:50:16 31 2
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Im seeing this all over at the mo but has anyone in Govt thought about the cost of installing the families broadband?

Companies charge installation + a month up front and VAT etc..

None of the news reports I see on the BBC even mention this when a laptop is handed out on the doorstep to people who currently only have a mobile phone..
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12/01/2021 16:04:46 15 0
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You can "tether" a laptop to a mobile phone which then acts as a Wi-Fi Hotspot and as it will be for educational use the Mobile provider(s) will not use the data allowance on the Mobile Phone for the access to the educational websites as discussed earlier in the week as a gesture to assist with education
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
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I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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12/01/2021 14:50:19 8 2
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Your comment shows the value of having an education. You should try it.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:54:47 1 0
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Thanks for that comment.
So tired if hearing people berate poor families.
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12/01/2021 14:40:01 13 3
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Now would be a good time for large software companies to make a gesture and supply free software so that people can make the most of these laptops.
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12/01/2021 14:51:22 0 0
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Windows machines come with basic office 365 software which allows kids to interact with schools and learning. And most schools have microsoft baded accounts for teams.
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13/01/2021 12:06:56 0 0
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All Microsoft apps have to be paid for by licensing, they are not free. Many schools pay a huge amount for their licensing to MS
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12/01/2021 14:51:32 27 7
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They promised laptops 10 months ago and hardly any turned up. Sorry, but will not believe it until I see them. Equally are they going to provide internet access also? Laptops are not good without internet access.
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12/01/2021 14:42:26 59 8
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Haven't they had a year to get this sorted out by now
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12/01/2021 14:51:50 32 7
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Should have had a plan and cunning plan
what a useless lot they are, found the money for the non workable track and trace, hold on have not heard about them for a while.
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12/01/2021 15:17:41 4 1
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Money stashed -you won't.
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12/01/2021 14:52:43 3 2
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Can I have the job of determining who is 'disadvantaged' ?
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12/01/2021 14:48:55 23 3
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£100m gets 300,000 chromebooks? That works out at £333.34 per chromebook. A bit overpriced IMO - considering they are bulk buying
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12/01/2021 14:52:54 20 5
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Possibly getting them from a 'friend' (or family member given the NHS Contacts given out without going to tender last year) which will push the price up...obviously
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12/01/2021 14:52:57 10 5
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I'll believe it when I see it. I'm more used to seeing the tories siphoning off billions of our taxes to their party donors. PPE, School Meals etc. It's criminal and us voters just accept it for reasons I don't understand.
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12/01/2021 14:49:54 20 6
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Oh god, did you see the HYS yesterday. Apparently no child is in poverty because people don't starve to death in the UK. It was shocking to see how far removed from reality some people are.
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12/01/2021 14:53:00 18 6
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I saw that. Pretty disgusting really.
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
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I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:53:47 1 0
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Get a grip
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12/01/2021 14:49:54 20 6
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Oh god, did you see the HYS yesterday. Apparently no child is in poverty because people don't starve to death in the UK. It was shocking to see how far removed from reality some people are.
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12/01/2021 14:53:56 19 8
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Brexiteers have gone back to demonising benefit claimants. It's very sad.
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12/01/2021 15:18:38 15 6
bbc
It was only a matter of time. Benefit claimants and immigrants are the sole causes of the UK's decline according to these deluded types - nothing to do with 10.5 years of Tory rule of course.
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13/01/2021 09:30:33 1 0
bbc
lets face it, its never gone away
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12/01/2021 14:46:24 3 8
bbc
Exellent work Boris ! Another grate success PROVING that Britian is the best country AGAIN ! Im surprised the so called bbc can report a success storey like this coz it doesnt suite there agender !
73
12/01/2021 14:58:33 4 1
bbc
Hilarious.
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12/01/2021 14:57:50 0 0
bbc
Bot much?
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12/01/2021 15:07:24 0 0
bbc
You can support the Tories without support this waste of space.
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KRR
12/01/2021 15:09:20 0 0
bbc
Hmmm - the algorithm needs a bit of tweaking
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12/01/2021 15:19:33 0 0
bbc
Are these British laptops made from British parts in British factories?
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12/01/2021 14:47:12 1 1
bbc
I'd like to know which manufacturer. As there is a worldwide shortage.
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12/01/2021 14:49:14 2 4
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The government have had nearly a year to sort this problem out along with exams Williamson is an absolute waste of tax payers money earning what £100000 per annum
Johnson Will not replace anyone that supported Brexit he and the conservatives have certainly lost my confidence I won’t be voting for this shambles again
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12/01/2021 14:42:26 59 8
bbc
Haven't they had a year to get this sorted out by now
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12/01/2021 14:54:43 7 1
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They should be held to account for such incompetence. Sadly, I don't think that will happen in the foreseeable future.
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12/01/2021 15:17:56 0 0
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Ever.
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12/01/2021 14:50:19 8 2
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Your comment shows the value of having an education. You should try it.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:54:47 1 0
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Thanks for that comment.
So tired if hearing people berate poor families.
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12/01/2021 14:39:28 43 11
bbc
£100m for 300k laptops & tablets? Seems rather steep. I guess the contract must be going to some friend of the ERG (perhaps Dido Harding can do it?), then more millions will be spent when the govt are sued, again, for not following their own bidding laws.

Still, keep heaping this debt on the future generations while lining the pockets of your own mates – you are Tories after all.
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DSA
bbc
About £300 per laptop with the necessary software isn't excessive.
Make sure your facts are correct before you start your start voicing your left wing garbage.

Ever worked for a lliving? I doubt it.
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12/01/2021 15:04:53 18 1
bbc
Blimey, personal attacks is it? At least I can spell "living"

Well, I run a software security company, so this is pretty up my street. For our European expansion, we got 500 units at £200 each, with a lot more software than schools would need. I wouldn't pay £333 per unit.

Perhaps you can furbish myself & other readers with your evidence than my experience is "left wing garbage"? I dare you.
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12/01/2021 15:20:57 4 0
bbc
What a sour lemon you are !!
And Such an expert ! Work ? You ? don't make me laugh - you never did. Easy isn't it ? ;)
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12/01/2021 14:55:47 7 3
bbc
Allow the government some breathing space. It seems we’re discovering new strugglers all the time during this pandemic and besides, next month this’ll be yesterday’s news as we discover a new limitation.
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12/01/2021 14:40:37 3 1
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Every child that needs one will get it when the pandemic is over.
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12/01/2021 14:56:18 2 0
bbc
Doubt it. Don't trust any statement from the government now. Too many have just not materialised.
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12/01/2021 14:39:28 43 11
bbc
£100m for 300k laptops & tablets? Seems rather steep. I guess the contract must be going to some friend of the ERG (perhaps Dido Harding can do it?), then more millions will be spent when the govt are sued, again, for not following their own bidding laws.

Still, keep heaping this debt on the future generations while lining the pockets of your own mates – you are Tories after all.
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12/01/2021 14:56:34 2 8
bbc
How much do you think a laptop which is set up for use on a schools system costs.
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12/01/2021 14:56:56 3 4
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It's too little too late. Why is it so impossible to have more forward thinking with this government? The kids have already spread this virus to their relatives/parents by mixing at school. It beggars belief how idiotic this government is. Next thing they will present the idea of giving the vaccine to teachers with a big fan fare. It's unbelievable.
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12/01/2021 14:38:54 4 3
bbc
Is it a coincidence that Network Rail have just announced an initiative of supplying reconditioned laptops to schools? Could it possibly be that the Government are trying to do this on the cheap?
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12/01/2021 14:56:59 0 0
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They do everything on the cheap, unless its for their cronies. out of date PPE for one example
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 0
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Why are Network Rail getting involved in this? They are government-owned and heavily subsidised - if they have spare money it should be used to lower the charges to rail passengers.
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12/01/2021 14:50:21 0 0
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Just shows what profits they are making
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
bbc
I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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12/01/2021 14:57:20 1 0
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Ah, another derogatory, ignorant generalisation of families struggling to make ends meet.
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12/01/2021 14:57:52 6 3
bbc
Gavin Williamson is the most ineffective Cabinet Minister in post - and he has a lot of competition.
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12/01/2021 15:05:18 1 0
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The leader sets the pace for all the rest to follow.
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12/01/2021 14:40:09 50 9
bbc
Not very much in the grand scheme of things. Should be about time that someone qualified from the education sector be placed into the Education Minister role rather than this shambles. He is like Johnson. Dither and Delay.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:58:18 28 3
bbc
Yes the day that politicians got involved in education was a bad day
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13/01/2021 10:32:03 0 0
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What and sportsmen? The food box company all are slating rashford welcomed to his own task force in Dec why did rashford not check their standards before giving them his seal of approval?
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12/01/2021 14:46:24 3 8
bbc
Exellent work Boris ! Another grate success PROVING that Britian is the best country AGAIN ! Im surprised the so called bbc can report a success storey like this coz it doesnt suite there agender !
73
12/01/2021 14:58:33 4 1
bbc
Hilarious.
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12/01/2021 14:53:10 1 1
bbc
Would love to know which manufacturer as there is a world wide shortage. With a min ETA of 16 weeks.
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12/01/2021 14:58:47 5 1
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When will they get them?
How will it be ensured the truely needy get them?
How will their use be monitored?
Given many deprived children have poor parents, who will encourage their use?
Who will pay for the communication bill?
What about areas with poor wifi?
Who and how will dispose of them once outmoded? etc

Just another overdue, ill considered soundbite
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12/01/2021 15:05:50 1 5
bbc
Why such negativity!!

If the government wasn’t buying laptops for the kids. I’m sure you would be on here asking “why haven’t the government bought them”
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12/01/2021 14:39:29 100 19
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Williamson has invited parents to complain to Ofsted if they have concerns over the quality of online learning.

I invite you to complain here if you have any concerns over the quality of Gavin Williamson's leadership and governance.
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Pam
12/01/2021 14:59:09 47 17
bbc
Sack him for a start
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12/01/2021 15:58:37 6 4
bbc
Why stop at just a sack? Jail him.
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VoR
12/01/2021 14:59:38 20 5
bbc
There needs to be some kind of obligation to look after these laptops though. I used to oversee a couple of schools in disadvantaged areas, and when we provided all kids with free laptops under a gov't funded pilot, a shocking number of parents immediately sold the laptops. Also the laptops ought to be locked down so that they can't be used for gaming etc.. Otherwise more harm than good.
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12/01/2021 17:08:02 5 3
bbc
And I bet they got sssooooo much ££ for them. Really ?
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jon
12/01/2021 14:46:53 1 1
bbc
Why is Labour behind in the polls when they should be streets ahead?
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12/01/2021 15:00:09 1 0
bbc
What Polls? Democracy does not work in this day and age. Look where it has got us.
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12/01/2021 15:00:09 3 3
bbc
This is good news for parents and pupils, although in some cases some adults who happen to have children will be selling the laptop for nefarious means.
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12/01/2021 15:01:04 4 4
bbc
Do you have any evidence of that or are you just a bigot?
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12/01/2021 14:38:19 4 2
bbc
This should have all been planned when the summer covid scenario was articulated. Stop the headline grabbing wide promise and deliver, how many more opportunities do you need to get this right for the our future generations?
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12/01/2021 15:00:10 0 0
bbc
Agree completely with you. I am so disgusted with this government
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12/01/2021 14:48:55 23 3
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£100m gets 300,000 chromebooks? That works out at £333.34 per chromebook. A bit overpriced IMO - considering they are bulk buying
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12/01/2021 15:00:30 1 1
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No point buying chromebooks if your system relies on microsoft.
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13/01/2021 10:30:43 0 0
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You can run Microsoft apps on Chromebook`s My kid`s do everything on a Chromebook. Even Microsoft`s new Brower Edge runs of Chromium. My 14 year old saves everything to the cloud so she can continue to work on it at school on a Window based machine.(this was when the school was open). They both are leaning from home on them without issue. Wireless Noise cancelling Headphones are also worth adding
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12/01/2021 14:41:28 7 2
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laptops are not good if you can not feed them
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12/01/2021 15:00:36 2 0
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Laptops don't require feeding, just electricity. :-)
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12/01/2021 15:00:09 3 3
bbc
This is good news for parents and pupils, although in some cases some adults who happen to have children will be selling the laptop for nefarious means.
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12/01/2021 15:01:04 4 4
bbc
Do you have any evidence of that or are you just a bigot?
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12/01/2021 15:10:30 1 2
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Would suggest a bigot.
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12/01/2021 15:15:46 1 1
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You must have very limited life experience or very naive, if you think that this behaviour does not happen, or are you just experienced at be a bescumber.
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12/01/2021 15:01:15 5 1
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I do hope the laptops have actually been obtained, and not merely ordered. Otherwise, it's likely we'll have yet another example of over promising and under delivering.
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
bbc
I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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12/01/2021 15:01:43 1 0
bbc
Missed out on an education?
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12/01/2021 15:02:07 3 0
bbc
The government will receive these laptops just as soon as we donate them.
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12/01/2021 14:55:49 2 1
bbc
Not much point in giving out laptops when schools are cancelling online lessons with no notice for unknown reasons as at my grandaughters' school in Northampton
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12/01/2021 15:09:49 2 2
bbc
One school - hardly representative!
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12/01/2021 15:03:16 1 0
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Prioritise teachers for vaccination?

Is there good evidence they are more likely to catch the virus, to be hospitalised, to die because of the virus, then yes. But, if they are no more at risk than the rest of the population then definitely no.
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DSA
12/01/2021 14:47:33 6 12
bbc
I wonder how many of them will end up in pawn shops to provide free cash to buy beer and cigarettes?
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12/01/2021 15:03:23 1 0
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One if you're the recipient.
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12/01/2021 15:03:44 7 5
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This government never delivers on it's promises.
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12/01/2021 14:44:22 8 6
bbc
You need to get out more and see what poverty actually is.

We have relative poverty in the UK.
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12/01/2021 15:04:15 0 3
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Oh that's alright then. So long as we're not walking miles to collect dirty water then British kids can miss out on education.
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12/01/2021 14:46:24 3 8
bbc
Exellent work Boris ! Another grate success PROVING that Britian is the best country AGAIN ! Im surprised the so called bbc can report a success storey like this coz it doesnt suite there agender !
92
12/01/2021 14:57:50 0 0
bbc
Bot much?
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12/01/2021 15:04:47 2 0
bbc
As the Raspberry Pi was developed for education, is very cheap, very capable, has wi-fi and comes with free operating system software which, includes office applications, I'm amazed that Gav is insisting on big, pricey, laptops. Not looking for value for money, it seems.
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12/01/2021 15:08:26 1 3
bbc
Not value for money but profit for party donors. Corrupt.
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12/01/2021 15:32:15 0 0
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They are great, I have two myself, but they are not very practical or portable for daily use - wires hanging out all over and external monitor, keyboard and mouse required. My daugter's school uses basic Google Chromebooks for their lessons etc. and it wasn't very expensive at all. They work a treat.
About £300 per laptop with the necessary software isn't excessive.
Make sure your facts are correct before you start your start voicing your left wing garbage.

Ever worked for a lliving? I doubt it.
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12/01/2021 15:04:53 18 1
bbc
Blimey, personal attacks is it? At least I can spell "living"

Well, I run a software security company, so this is pretty up my street. For our European expansion, we got 500 units at £200 each, with a lot more software than schools would need. I wouldn't pay £333 per unit.

Perhaps you can furbish myself & other readers with your evidence than my experience is "left wing garbage"? I dare you.
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12/01/2021 15:15:07 4 9
bbc
Well i work for a multi Billion dollar manufacturing firm that employs well in excess of 100,000 people and we can't get laptops worth a damn at £200

So do yourself a favor, quit software security and get into computer wholesales .... you'll make a killing, just don't tell your fictional computer supplier
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12/01/2021 14:48:55 23 3
bbc
£100m gets 300,000 chromebooks? That works out at £333.34 per chromebook. A bit overpriced IMO - considering they are bulk buying
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12/01/2021 15:05:17 2 0
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I recall requesting a computer for NHS work (many many years ago). When I finally got approval I was told I had to purchase though central stores - thus limiting specification and producer. Found one I wanted but the price was 30% greater than I could buy locally for same model - official reasons given, warranty and free servicing (never serviced). Unofficial - price hike due to payment delay
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12/01/2021 14:57:52 6 3
bbc
Gavin Williamson is the most ineffective Cabinet Minister in post - and he has a lot of competition.
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12/01/2021 15:05:18 1 0
bbc
The leader sets the pace for all the rest to follow.
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12/01/2021 14:58:47 5 1
bbc
When will they get them?
How will it be ensured the truely needy get them?
How will their use be monitored?
Given many deprived children have poor parents, who will encourage their use?
Who will pay for the communication bill?
What about areas with poor wifi?
Who and how will dispose of them once outmoded? etc

Just another overdue, ill considered soundbite
97
12/01/2021 15:05:50 1 5
bbc
Why such negativity!!

If the government wasn’t buying laptops for the kids. I’m sure you would be on here asking “why haven’t the government bought them”
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12/01/2021 16:09:04 0 0
bbc
Only 20% of required laptops were supplied before the govt withdrew support after the first lockdown - schools now have legal requirement to provide online learning. How do suggest this happens?
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12/01/2021 14:46:24 3 8
bbc
Exellent work Boris ! Another grate success PROVING that Britian is the best country AGAIN ! Im surprised the so called bbc can report a success storey like this coz it doesnt suite there agender !
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12/01/2021 15:07:24 0 0
bbc
You can support the Tories without support this waste of space.
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12/01/2021 15:08:05 2 2
bbc
What a mess our country is in, kids needing remote learning and remote feeding, ministers who delay doing everything until the last moment and a PM who is so far out of his depth he and his cabinet cannot give a straight answer to the simplest questions and an opposition leader who is also good at criticism and often short on alternative solutions
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12/01/2021 15:04:47 2 0
bbc
As the Raspberry Pi was developed for education, is very cheap, very capable, has wi-fi and comes with free operating system software which, includes office applications, I'm amazed that Gav is insisting on big, pricey, laptops. Not looking for value for money, it seems.
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12/01/2021 15:08:26 1 3
bbc
Not value for money but profit for party donors. Corrupt.
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12/01/2021 15:37:23 0 0
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You took the words right out of my mouth.