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The nerve of Brown and Blair!

Bernie Evans / September 7, 2018 at 10:12 AM 97 views

Simon Kelner rightly mentions how Brown and Blair freely criticise Corbyn, but could be easily blamed themselves for "corrupting the soul of Labour" (Corbyn can disarm critics by doing the right thing, 04/09/18). It wasn`t Corbyn`s Labour which invaded Iraq…

Guardian letter on teaching crisis

Bernie Evans / September 7, 2018 at 9:29 AM 101 views

Lots of excellent ideas for education`s future, from Benn`s "abolition of national tests in years 2 and 6", and a "less prescriptive national curriculum" (Clarion call loud enough to rally even the weariest, 04/09/18) to "abolishing the VAT exemption on…

Hodge and the BBC

Bernie Evans / September 5, 2018 at 5:20 PM 129 views

Few Labour supporters will disagree with the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews when she said that the adoption of the IHRA definition "had to be the right call", if only to allow the party to get…

Criticism of Israel

Bernie Evans / September 5, 2018 at 8:08 AM 82 views

Simon Kelner rightly mentions how Brown and Blair freely criticise Corbyn, but could be easily blamed themselves for "corrupting the soul of Labour" (Corbyn can disarm critics by doing the right thing, 04/09/18). It wasn`t Corbyn`s Labour which invaded Iraq…

Real reason for school exclusions

Bernie Evans / September 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM 78 views

Having worked with headteachers who refused to exclude pupils for exhibiting outrageous behaviour, I have sympathy with underfunded and understaffed state schools disclosing what are nevertheless "deeply concerning rates of exclusions" (Revealed: dozens of schools excluding one in five pupils,…

Crisis in Yemen

Bernie Evans / September 2, 2018 at 8:52 AM 93 views

Kenen Malik is right to criticise Saudi Arabia for its refusal to allow any form of dissent, its appalling record on executions and, of course, its "barbarous foreign policy" (Don`t be deluded - our Saudi "partners" are masters of repression,…

NS letter on a Centrist party

Bernie Evans / August 31, 2018 at 11:20 AM 105 views

Paul Mason says, probably correctly, that the "vast majority of Labour MPs" mainly just want to "be armed with policies they can sell on the doorstep" (Another voice, 24th August, 2018). This begs a question relating to the actual policies…

Centrist govt not the answer

Bernie Evans / August 29, 2018 at 4:50 PM 116 views

John Harris bemoans the fact that "our new political culture has superseded the dominance of what some call centrism", and argues that the welfare state and the "post war education system were basically the work of centrists" (With no centrist…

NS letter on Today programme

Bernie Evans / August 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM 131 views

Roger Mosey`s insistence that the reason for the loss of 839,000 listeners to the Today programme is its persistence with "its new obsessions around the arts, country life and daily puzzles" is as myopic as the programme editor`s claim that…

Durability of public schools

Bernie Evans / July 29, 2018 at 11:59 AM 112 views

Robert  Verkaik`s suggestion that private schools have "managed to hold on to the reins for so long" because everyone wants the "best for their children" is only partially true (Our educational apartheid laid bare, Books, 22.07.18). His book`s reviewer, Alex…

Guardian letter on Pre-U results

Bernie Evans / July 12, 2018 at 7:38 AM 162 views

With the independent sector continuing to use IGCSEs, it is little wonder that concerns have been reignited "among some heads that the state-private divide will widen" (Opinion: The saga of the IGCSE: if it`s good enough for Eton, why not for…

Labour can win, but electoral tactics need upgrade!

Bernie Evans / June 23, 2018 at 11:38 AM 186 views

Should we welcome the fact that "politicians and sympathetic left-leaning think tanks are looking at" Labour`s electoral problem (Politics: The Tories think that Corbyn can`t win in the British "rust-belt" - but their belief rests on shaky foundations, 15th June,…

Sob story!

Bernie Evans / June 17, 2018 at 2:18 PM 149 views

Come on, Barry Glendenning, a list of "the most ridiculous and embarrassing circumstances imaginable". which result in copious male sobbing, has to include the final episode of Friends (There`s no shame in football turning into the crying game, 03.06.18)! Then…

Price cap for bank overdrafts needed

Bernie Evans / June 6, 2018 at 11:53 AM 176 views

Yet another "watchdog" fails to live up to its description. With the Pensions Regulator found wanting "after the crises at BHS and Carillion", the Financial Conduct Authority chickens out on setting a "cap on overdraft fees amid fears of a…

"Repugnant" sums up this government

Bernie Evans / May 15, 2018 at 6:43 PM 202 views

Your excellent editorial rightly pointed out both how Theresa May has reneged on every one of her pledges made in her first speech as prime minister, and how it is clear that "her political strategy hinges on the exact antithesis"…

NS letter on university admissions

Bernie Evans / March 27, 2018 at 9:53 AM 222 views

Last week`s Leader rightly stated that "we do too little to help the poorest ascend the education escalator", and criticised the government`s "dogmatic marketisation" of universities (Education and the common good, 23rd February, 2018).What it omitted to mention, however, was…

NS letter on old Labour misremembering

Bernie Evans / February 4, 2018 at 10:09 AM 333 views

Whilst agreeing with Joe Haines (Correspondence, 26th January, 2018) that the Tories` "powers of recovery" should never be underestimated, and that the New Statesman "has a powerful influence" on political life, it is abundantly clear that your journal must support…

University entrance qualifications

Bernie Evans / February 4, 2018 at 10:05 AM 333 views

It is an absolute disgrace that some of Britain`s "most prestigious universities" are failing to recognise "vocational qualifications" like BTecs (Elite universities "snub student BTecs", 28.01.18).How can the country ever aspire to any sort of social mobility existing when universities…

As if Tories care

Bernie Evans / January 6, 2018 at 5:35 PM 376 views

Justine Greening was probably right to say that the experience and skill of the board members of the new Office for Students will be key in ensuring the OfS achieves its ambitionsâ€� (Morning Star, 02/01/18). The trouble is that those…

Blair not regarded as pariah for nothing!

Bernie Evans / January 5, 2018 at 10:48 AM 273 views

It is difficult to equate the editor`s desire for a "transformative plan for Britain" to be implemented (Leader,8th December 2017), with the inclusion of yet another interview with Blair (A second act for the great persuader, 8th December,2017).     The…