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Public schools and exams

Bernie Evans / July 16, 2018 at 8:53 AM 58 views

Yes, Eleanor Doughty, many do feel aggrieved by public schools, "with their charitable status", "old boys` network", and "often excellent results", but its got nothing to do with the Tory idea of "politics of envy" (Looking confident takes you a…

Shame on Oxbridge!

Bernie Evans / July 14, 2018 at 11:41 AM 91 views

Shame on Oxbridge (A degree of separation, 07/07/18)! How many students like the brilliant Michael Donkor have the Oxbridge colleges rejected because their A-level grades, gained in underfunded state comprehensives, didn`t quite match those achieved by the over-privileged 7%? How…

Guardian letter on Pre-U results

Bernie Evans / July 12, 2018 at 7:38 AM 95 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…

Austerity still ticking Tory boxes

Bernie Evans / July 6, 2018 at 9:48 PM 98 views

Brexit has, as Helen Lewis rightly says, "poisoned our politics", but, sadly, it hasn`t led to the Tory party "immolating everything it supposedly stood for" (Out of the Ordinary, 29th June, 2018). Austerity, despite its subservience to the need to…

Investing £20bn in NHS is cheaper than we think

Bernie Evans / July 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM 106 views

Prime Minister, Theresa May really did "make much fanfare about a 3.4% funding boost" for the NHS, trying to get the public to believe in the myth that is "Tory compassion". Not only did she want us convinced the NHS…

RBS sale a disgrace

Bernie Evans / June 29, 2018 at 9:19 AM 138 views

As Unite national officer, Rob MacGregor says, the sale of RBS shares, at a loss of £2bn to the British taxpayer, is "a betrayal of public finances". It`s even worse than when George Osborne sold RBS shares to Tory friends…

In a fair and balanced way?

Bernie Evans / June 29, 2018 at 9:14 AM 131 views

John McDonnell`s description of May`s announcement on the new funding for the NHS as a "publicity stunt" is spot-on, with the health service and social care "in crisis, after eight years of Tory cuts and privatisation" (Morning Star, 18/06/18). Desperate…

2 letters on Heathrow and the north-south divide

Bernie Evans / June 23, 2018 at 11:43 AM 132 views

With not only the decision to back a third runway at Heathrow, and the obvious loss of flights and customers thereby incurred by all northern airports, but also the revelations made by Lisa Nandy to the House of Commons about…

Labour can win, but electoral tactics need upgrade!

Bernie Evans / June 23, 2018 at 11:38 AM 137 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,…

The Guardian`s "race card"!

Bernie Evans / June 22, 2018 at 12:47 PM 149 views

Looking forward to reading expert analysis and discussion about the north-south investment gap, with Labour`s decision not to support the government`s plans for a third Heathrow runway, and Lisa Nandy`s revelations to the House of Commons about ministers being warned…

Yemen: Tories have "blood on their hands"

Bernie Evans / June 22, 2018 at 10:04 AM 141 views

With "more than 8 million people on the brink of starvation" in Yemen, and "22 million relying on humanitarian aid", one would have expected any western government with a hint of a sense of decency and responsibility to have voiced…

Sob story!

Bernie Evans / June 17, 2018 at 2:18 PM 120 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 146 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 162 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 193 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 260 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 241 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 322 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 249 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…