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Criticism of the Observer

Bernie Evans / January 21, 2018 at 4:13 PM 56 views

My disappointment with the Observer`s inclusion of a grossly distorted and heavily biased article on "the great man", Churchill (If only we had a leader to match him, 07.01,18), was compounded by the paper`s failure to include any readers` letters…

Applauding Churchill?

Bernie Evans / January 18, 2018 at 8:09 PM 62 views

Applauding  a film about Churchill has something to do with, as Simon Kelner says, "a nostalgic feeling", but much more to do with the result of years of manipulating history by modern governments (All cheer the flawed hero in our…

Running down NHS

Bernie Evans / January 16, 2018 at 9:43 AM 65 views

Theresa May`s pathetic attempt to display strong leadership, along with an equally feeble effort to convince voters that she is listening, explain her recent endeavours to replace the "lightweight and serial blame-passer" who is Jeremy Hunt (Pity the NHS, but…

Hero-worshipping Churchill has to stop

Bernie Evans / January 14, 2018 at 9:47 AM 111 views

How someone with a first-class honours degree in history from Cambridge can "misremember" so much in one article on Churchill beggars belief, especially in a newspaper, which constantly argues against the manipulation of our history, and in favour of releasing…

End "special relationship" nonsense

Bernie Evans / January 14, 2018 at 9:02 AM 111 views

Khan and Corbyn, contrary to what Boris Johnson thinks, must do everything in their power to put the so-called "special relationship" with America, "at risk" (Johnson rages at Corbyn and Khan for "endangering US investment in Britain", 12/01/18). In fact,…

Time for Barber to face the music

Bernie Evans / January 11, 2018 at 7:50 PM 82 views

Toby Young may have gone, but why should the OfS chair, Sir Michael Barber, get off so lightly (Cut adrift by other regulators, it was not worth fighting on,10/01/18)? After all, the OfS  "candidates had been vetted by a panel"…

BBC pay solution

Bernie Evans / January 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM 86 views

Carrie Gracie is to be commended for her courageous decision to resign from her BBC post because of the corporation`s "secretive and illegal pay structure" (Top BBC journalist quits ,08/01/18). There can be little room for optimism, however, that such…

As if Tories care

Bernie Evans / January 6, 2018 at 5:35 PM 139 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 84 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…

OfS a university regulator?

Bernie Evans / January 3, 2018 at 7:16 PM 107 views

Of course it is right to raise questions "over the suitability of the journalist and free schools advocate", Toby Young, to sit on the board of the OfS, but there are equally relevant questions not being asked (Department exaggerated Young`s…

With a little help..(Guardian letter)

Bernie Evans / January 3, 2018 at 5:18 PM 112 views

The award of a knighthood to "the Tory kingmaker Graham Brady", who as chair of the 1922 committee, "has Theresa May`s political future in his hands", might appear a little dubious (Politicians to the fore despite May`s promise to stamp…

Pay gap solutions (Observer letter)

Bernie Evans / December 31, 2017 at 2:28 PM 107 views

"Tough action to match the rhetoric" is not something anyone can seriously associate with May`s government, and publishing the names of stock exchange companies "that suffered at least a 20% shareholder rebellion against proposals for executives` pay" or other resolutions…

Ofsted should place blame where it really lies

Bernie Evans / December 30, 2017 at 11:31 AM 142 views

Ofsted has an absolute nerve to announce that "more than a hundred schools have not improved for over a decade", as if it was their fault (Morning Star, 14/12/17). Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, also showed  concern for the treatment…

Democracy and transparency

Bernie Evans / December 28, 2017 at 3:08 PM 143 views

Yet more proof that this government`s commitment to the so-called "British values" of democracy and transparency cannot be taken seriously (Files on Britain`s most controversial episodes vanish from archives, 26/12/17). Not only has it repeatedly refused to release the "1.2m…

Unbelievable BBC!

Bernie Evans / December 24, 2017 at 11:07 AM 214 views

How typical of the BBC. In a year when we have seen  austerity measures and infrastructure underfunding continued by the Tories, an election where the Tory majority has been slashed, Brexit talks embarrassing the nation, Tories sucking up to Trump and insulting our real…

Crossing the line

Bernie Evans / December 24, 2017 at 9:02 AM 180 views

The country has, indeed, "crossed the line", as Barbara Ellen says, when homeless nurses are "among the people who are placed in emergency accommodation", but sadly, that line has been crossed all too frequently in recent years (If our nurses…

Response to Nick Cohen re Corbyn

Bernie Evans / March 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM 289 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 327 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 210 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 610 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…