Scrap the 14-19 Diploma

The 14-19 Diploma has been a complete waste of money and time which has seen educational establishments introducing courses for the sake of it. These courses have not offered anything new to the vocational courses that have already been available to students and well you have to question the actual skills and level of the knowledge that is being tested. If these are skills for the future, then I would doubt many employers would be keen to employ someone with a diploma over other vocational qualifications.

Why is this idea important?

The 14-19 Diploma has been a complete waste of money and time which has seen educational establishments introducing courses for the sake of it. These courses have not offered anything new to the vocational courses that have already been available to students and well you have to question the actual skills and level of the knowledge that is being tested. If these are skills for the future, then I would doubt many employers would be keen to employ someone with a diploma over other vocational qualifications.

Sports TV Rights available to FTV TV

It seems like the current system for sporting TV rights is clearly unfair and allows one broadcaster the ability to control the market and the price that consumers pay. This is highly uncompetitive and unfair on the general sports fan. The sporting bodies seem to want this monopoly as it is allowing increasing revenues, however at the expense of the consumer interests.

I feel that the law should be changed to ensure that no 1 broadcaster can have all of the rights to any  "prime" sporting rights and at least one package of rights has to go to a FTV TV provider, assuming that they bid for the rights and pay what is deemed to be a "fair" market price for a commercial broadcaster. This figure could come from the average estimated revenue from advertising which a broadcaster will receive from this type of sport.

Why is this idea important?

It seems like the current system for sporting TV rights is clearly unfair and allows one broadcaster the ability to control the market and the price that consumers pay. This is highly uncompetitive and unfair on the general sports fan. The sporting bodies seem to want this monopoly as it is allowing increasing revenues, however at the expense of the consumer interests.

I feel that the law should be changed to ensure that no 1 broadcaster can have all of the rights to any  "prime" sporting rights and at least one package of rights has to go to a FTV TV provider, assuming that they bid for the rights and pay what is deemed to be a "fair" market price for a commercial broadcaster. This figure could come from the average estimated revenue from advertising which a broadcaster will receive from this type of sport.