Christmas log on;Diary;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
STILL FIVE weeks to go, the lights aren't on yet in Oxford Street, but some Christmas campaigns need an early start, especially those that would bring aid and succour to the lonely and desperate.

It's a terrible time to feel cut off from the partying rest of humanity, but they can be helped - those sad, lost souls who spend Christmas Day not with family and friends but locked away in their own little world: the world of education.

We know this because DFEE officials are going round boasting that on Christmas Day last year hundreds logged onto the Standards and Effectiveness Unit's website.

Perhaps they'd been given computers by Santa and were just trying them out. Perhaps it was Michael Barber logging on hundreds of times. We think not. We think there are people out there that need us.

Recovery is slow but there's still time if we start now. Talk to your friends and colleagues; if you think any of them could be at risk then for their sake, help them. Help them to get a life.

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