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Improving Labour`s explanations

Bernie Evans / November 20, 2018 at 2:24 PM 21 views

Your editorial on education`s underfunding rightly stated that Labour needs to "explain more forcefully" how the true effect of the Tories raising the tax threshold "actually benefits those at the top of the heap" far more than those at the…

Need for a "general referendum"

Bernie Evans / November 18, 2018 at 9:19 AM 88 views

There were many reasons for the 52% vote in favour of leaving the EU, with scaremongering about Turkey, false promises about NHS funding, and anti-immigration all playing their part. Also important, however, were the government`s austerity policies, and the resulting…

Profligate BBC in crisis

Bernie Evans / November 16, 2018 at 2:18 PM 93 views

Roger Mosey is right to point out that when younger viewers are clearly not being properly catered for is a "particularly bad time for the BBC to be facing a cash crisis" (Off the Air, 9th November). Saying, however, that…

Keynes was right about peace

Bernie Evans / November 16, 2018 at 2:08 PM 103 views

"Yes" is surely the answer to the question posed by Margaret MacMillan at the start of her excellent article on the Treaty of Versailles (The consequences of Mr Keynes, 2nd November, 2018). The "brilliant, self-assured British economist" was "right", and…

i letter on police chases

Bernie Evans / November 13, 2018 at 7:55 AM 114 views

Will someone please ask police chiefs what they expect to happen when trained drivers in souped-up police cars start to chase stolen cars driven by youngsters, mostly male, at high speeds through built-up areas (Named, father and baby killed after police chase,…

Education system in need of reform

Bernie Evans / November 12, 2018 at 3:07 PM 133 views

Jyoti Wilkinson`s excellent article on the failure of academisation rightly condemned school academies for "lowering the pay of the workforce and increasing the pay of management", but ignored another aspect of their behaviour (Morning Star, 08/11/18). Not only does "one…

Guardian letter on tax increases

Bernie Evans / November 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM 139 views

With “a fifth of workers earning below the £9 national rate set by the Living Wage Foundation”, Polly Toynbee’s ideas for “most of us” to pay more tax need a little tweaking. Depending on universal credit should exclude many households…

Letter on Hammond`s appalling budget

Bernie Evans / November 5, 2018 at 5:27 PM 90 views

The Tories` utterly despicable budget this week was yet another example of a callous government at work (Morning Star, 30/10/18). Prioritising tax cuts at a time when public services are at breaking point, and giving another billion to "contribute to…

In favour of a People`s Vote

Bernie Evans / October 30, 2018 at 9:58 PM 127 views

Your editorial on Brexit stated that EU rules were responsible for the British people seeing "wages and pensions slashed", and "privatisation and poverty soar", but doesn`t the responsibility for all of these lie with right wing governments, both Tory and…

Guardian letter on grade inflation

Bernie Evans / October 29, 2018 at 11:56 AM 136 views

It appears logical that having worked on grade inflation at GCSE and A Levels, the government should now announce plans to do the same in the higher education sector (Crackdown on grade inflation at universities, 22/10/18). The "rise in degree…

End charitable status of private schools

Bernie Evans / October 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM 134 views

With austerity allegedly ending, and the government desperate for both extra finance and an improved electoral image, it beggars belief why private schools are allowed to retain their charitable status, especially when they do so little to share facilities with…

Prerequisites for losing knighthoods

Bernie Evans / October 27, 2018 at 8:37 AM 183 views

We know avoiding tax on a mammoth scale, living abroad simply for tax purposes, "systematically plundering" your business whilst allowing it to build up pension deficits of £571 million, and directly causing the loss of 11000 jobs are not deemed…

Letters on Clegg`s job with Facebook

Bernie Evans / October 23, 2018 at 1:28 PM 115 views

Stefano Hatfield is right to defend the right of politicians to seek work outside parliament when their careers have stalled; as he says, they have "families they need to provide for", and "most are not cynical" (Remember, politics is not…

Regulating the regulators

Bernie Evans / October 21, 2018 at 9:31 AM 199 views

With Sir John Kingman "conducting a review for government" to determine whether the audit watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council, is "fit for the future", and the Competition Markets also investigating the audit market, would it not be an appropriate time…

Durability of public schools

Bernie Evans / July 29, 2018 at 11:59 AM 150 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 204 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 246 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 183 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 232 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…