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Tax transparency an election winner for Labour

Bernie Evans / November 18, 2017 at 12:06 PM 71 views

John McDonnell`s response to the Paradise Papers leak has been excellent, and his plan for an immediate public enquiry into tax avoidance, a "specialist tax enforcement unit" and the "public filing of tax returns" for large companies and the rich…

Guardian letter on pay and productivity

Bernie Evans / November 18, 2017 at 9:34 AM 70 views

Now that research has been carried out on levels of productivity on a city by city basis, and found unsurprisingly that the economy would be far larger "if all cities were as productive as those in the south-east", is it…

Toryism a spent force

Bernie Evans / November 17, 2017 at 11:38 AM 94 views

As Simon Heffer states, "May was in serious trouble " before the "Weinstein-on-Thames scandal" managed to rock the sinking Tory ship (From hubris to nemesis,10th November, 2017). What he doesn`t appear to grasp, however, is that, regardless of who is…

Paradise Papers: immediate action needed

Bernie Evans / November 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM 99 views

John McDonnell is right to say that the Queen should "open up her full financial records" in the wake of the Paradise Papers scandal (John McDonnell calls on Queen to release financial records amid Paradise papers leak, 11/11/17). The revelation…

21st century Poor Law

Bernie Evans / November 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM 100 views

Remember how the Tories and their allies in the media thought they were on to a winner when Labour`s nationalisation and tax policies led them to claim gleefully that Corbyn was taking the country back to the 1970s? The popularity…

Brexit is our history`s legacy

Bernie Evans / November 11, 2017 at 8:37 AM 121 views

For Simon Jenkins to state that "we should not be remembering but forgetting", and that "memory sustains ongoing disputes", is absurd (Too much remembering causes wars. It`s time to forget the 20th century, 09/11/17). Admittedly, Remembrance Day has become something…

New Statesman`s article on Johnson too lenient

Bernie Evans / November 10, 2017 at 12:47 PM 106 views

Writing an article criticising the career of Boris Johnson must be like what Americans call a "turkey shoot", and Martin Fletcher`s article certainly made a decent fist of it (The way of the chancer, 3rd November, 2017). Asking the question…

One solution to BBC`s gender pay gap problem

Bernie Evans / November 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM 88 views

As no-one in their right mind can possibly think co-presenting a radio programme on the publicly-owned BBC for three mornings a week to be worth anything like £600,000 a year, there is an obvious, if still over-generous, solution (Montague in…

Since when has experience been necessary?

Bernie Evans / November 6, 2017 at 5:27 PM 98 views

Mary Dejevsky`s support for the appointment of Gavin Williamson as Fallon`s replacement as Defence Secretary is valid in many ways, certainly in view of the unlikelihood that he will have "the sort of skeletons in his closet that cost Sir Michael his…

University welfare strategies

Bernie Evans / November 4, 2017 at 12:04 PM 116 views

With the number of first-year students "who disclose a mental health problem" having risen fivefold nationally, and suicide rates rising in parallel with the increasing economic and academic pressure on students, Nottingham Trent University`s wellbeing policies should be applauded (Campus…

UK`s economic problems not only caused by Brexit

Bernie Evans / November 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM 97 views

George Eaton`s otherwise excellent appraisal of the damage being done to the UK`s economy by Brexit failed to be sufficiently critical of coalition and successive Tory governments` policies (The new sick man of Europe, 27th October, 2017). Are we really…

Independent: letter on history`s manipulation

Bernie Evans / October 31, 2017 at 5:50 PM 89 views

Hasnet Lais`s excellent article on the way the national curriculum prevents history teachers from teaching "the brutal legacy of empire" provides yet another piece of evidence to illustrate the way British history is still being manipulated (As a history teacher,…

Observer letter on Oxbridge

Bernie Evans / October 29, 2017 at 12:35 PM 40 views

Priya Gopal`s arguments for the need both for a conversation about "wider deprivation and systemic inequality", and the existence of a "two-tiered education structure" merely deflect away from the unassailable truth about Oxbridge`s appalling "admissions processes" (Oxbridge bashing is an…

Oxbridge interviews need to change

Bernie Evans / October 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM 39 views

So much gets written about Oxbridge interviews along the lines of Alex Preston`s article last week, how they "are not about catching our applicants", but about "getting candidates to think", one is drawn to conclude they "protest too much, methinks"…

Guardian letter on short-termism

Bernie Evans / October 23, 2017 at 9:11 AM 36 views

Your editorial`s conclusion, that successive governments have failed to "think clearly" about the crisis in health and social care, making it "a bleak indictment of short-termist democracy", sadly can be applied to all aspects of government policy (Years of political…

The Tory disease: short-termism

Bernie Evans / October 21, 2017 at 11:10 AM 51 views

John McDonnell is wisely concentrating on the OECD`s "criticism of Britain`s weak productivity", and how the organisation stressed the need for more "infrastructure investment,  increased research spending and improved training". This highlights the sharp contrast  with Tory policies, which almost all…

Question Time needs changing!

Bernie Evans / October 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM 37 views

Roger Mosey makes many pertinent points about the future of Question Time, paricularly that the BBC is "right to try to renew its relevance" (Off the Air, 13th October, 2017). Also sensible is, as "these are serious times", that there…

Response to Nick Cohen re Corbyn

Bernie Evans / March 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM 215 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 261 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 175 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…