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Time to end this lame-duck government

Bernie Evans / September 10, 2017 at 9:08 AM 157 views

The situation the country is now in is both ridiculous and frightening! We have a prime minister so divorced from reality she makes a statement claiming that there is a "great prize" awaiting us after Brexit, when the UK will…

Vice-chancellors not worth the money

Bernie Evans / September 8, 2017 at 4:26 PM 179 views

With the universities minister, in typical Johnson fashion, U-turning his view that vice-chancellors` pay is not government business, there is now a demand for "institutions to justify any salary over £150,000", with a fine the punishment for failure (Vice-chancellors are…

Let`s hear it from more dignitaries

Bernie Evans / September 6, 2017 at 7:13 PM 98 views

Well done the Archbishop of Canterbury and the rest of the IPPR’s commission for speaking out about the dire situation the country is in, with worse to come (Britain’s economy is “broken” and failing to tackle inequality, says major new…

St Olave`s and an end to Pre-Us

Bernie Evans / September 6, 2017 at 8:24 AM 80 views

Refusing year 13 places to pupils who have already twice proved their academic prowess is, quite simply, a disgrace (Weaker pupils "dumped" by top grammar, 30/08/17). If St Olave`s, and any other school adopting similar policies, cannot be bothered to…

University reform urgently needed

Bernie Evans / September 5, 2017 at 11:14 AM 63 views

The results of the IPPR report indicating that 134 university students took their own lives in 2015, and that as many as 26% of students in some universities "were using counselling services, or on the waiting list", are appalling (Suicide…

Too many top schools cheating the system

Bernie Evans / September 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM 51 views

What your report on the grammar school which "boots out kids to keep up its league-table scores" omitted to include was the fact that the school in question, St Olave`s, insists on all entrants passing an exam at the age of…

Enough is enough!

Bernie Evans / September 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM 51 views

As Stephen Bush says, May`s successor "faces an uphill battle to be anything other than a brief pause before Corbyn takes over" (Politics, 25th August, 2017). We have now reached a stage where all political correspondents, apart from those stuck…

3 letters on "fat cat" pay

Bernie Evans / September 1, 2017 at 8:33 AM 83 views

Len McCluskey is right to say that the government`s derisory attempts to curb fat cats` obscene pay levels were "evidence of the big business lobby bringing the Tories to heel" (Morning Star, 29/08/17). Publishing pay ratios, having non-executive directors to…

More on manipulation of our history

Bernie Evans / August 27, 2017 at 8:45 AM 69 views

John Elledge is only partly right when he says that "the centrality of the Second World War to the national myth warps our view of history" (Left Field, 18th August, 2017). There is another very important factor contributing to the…

Response to Nick Cohen re Corbyn

Bernie Evans / March 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM 190 views

Nick Cohen`s sneering at the leaders and "second XI" of the Labour party doesn`t do him any credit (Don`t tell me you weren`t warned about Corbyn, 19/03/17). Presumably, we should be more impressed with the millionaire Tories currently in power,…

BBC – too pro-Tories and too much UKIP

Bernie Evans / December 6, 2016 at 9:32 AM 228 views

Admittedly, I haven`t seen or heard all of the recent BBC broadcasts, but it seems to me that the Beeb is contributing hugely to May`s apparent popularity in the polls, and the alleged increasing support for Ukip.      Why is the…

2 letters on executive pay

Bernie Evans / December 5, 2016 at 9:12 AM 150 views

Not only has Will Hutton argued in the past that a pay ratio of 20:1 was needed to curb high rates of pay for CEOs in the public sector, he has also written that excessive financial rewards "have nothing to…

Too much Blair

Bernie Evans / December 4, 2016 at 2:12 PM 537 views

Seven pages and the cover devoted to Blair (Unfinished business, 25th November,2106)!! No, he isn`t "quite the fugitive in his own land" because of the Iraq war , and his "extensive business operations", but why he receives such a vast…

Tories` joined-up thinking and "born again teachers"

Bernie Evans / November 30, 2016 at 2:56 PM 181 views

If the Teaching Excellence Framework is any sort of guide to the way this country is going to be ruled under May`s administration, the country is in for a hard time (Vice-chancellors and students plan boycott of flagship teaching rankings,22/11/16). Expecting…

M. Star letter on May`s duplicity

Bernie Evans / November 30, 2016 at 11:29 AM 153 views

Your editorial rightly criticised  the autumn statement and its failure to help the "just about managing", despite May`s "extravagant claims" (Morning Star,24/11/16). Disappointment also came with the prime minister`s earlier U-turn on co-determination, but May was never going to force businesses to adopt co-determination…

UK shouldn`t throw too many stones

Bernie Evans / November 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM 177 views

Of course, Paddy McGuffin has every right to ridicule the "certifiable psychopath, racist, liar and fraud" that is Donald Trump (Morning Star,26/11/16).  The world needs to know the truth about the next president, who will undoubtedly disregard human rights at…

Guardian magazine unpublished letter

Bernie Evans / November 26, 2016 at 9:54 AM 148 views

In a year when the number of food banks has risen exponentially, and homelessness and inequality have continued to grow, would it not have been preferable for last week`s Weekend to have suggested £5 for a pair of knickers, instead of the "£95 for…

Autumn statement proves the duplicity

Bernie Evans / November 25, 2016 at 9:11 AM 139 views

Yesterday`s autumn statement by the chancellor will have disappointed even some of the Tory MPs, whose constituencies include thousands of the so-called "Jams" - the "just about managing". Similarly, more disappointment came with the prime minister May`s earlier so-called U-turn on…

Tax increases in the autumn statement

Bernie Evans / November 23, 2016 at 10:27 AM 125 views

The Department of Health statement might well say that the "public can be assured that under this government the NHS will remain free at the point of contact", but as the duplicitous Tories clearly have no intention of adequately funding…

May`s all talk and no action

Bernie Evans / November 21, 2016 at 2:09 PM 167 views

Your editorial suggested that "more than half of academics in Britain`s universities", employed on insecure contracts, have joined the class of workers who are "just about managing" (Work has been transformed. The law needs to keep up,17/11/16).       How can…