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Tories` arrogance evident in education policies

Bernie Evans / March 18, 2019 at 4:19 AM 84 views

Education secretaries of state, as your editorial states, are indeed "transient beings who move on before the extent of their incompetence is fully revealed", and Hinds`s refusal is not only an example of typical Tory cowardice, but also an acknowledgment…

Solution to obscene levels of pay

Bernie Evans / March 16, 2019 at 10:55 AM 86 views

The fact that over 3,500 UK-based bankers earn over a million euros, at a time when callous austerity policies are still causing hardship, and the numbers of homeless and food bank users increase daily, is appalling (More than 3500 UK…

Independent Group`s Conservative policies

Bernie Evans / March 14, 2019 at 5:21 AM 76 views

The Star`s editorial rightly contrasts McDonnell`s bold pledges with the rebel MPs` claims that "politics is broken" (Morning Star,11/03/19). The Independent Group say they will offer voters a new option at the centre ground of British politics, but it would…

Beatles Brexit

Bernie Evans / March 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM 100 views

Ask me why there should be a Beatles Brexit. I`ve got a feeling Theresa May`s mantra is "I don`t want to spoil the party", because she`s a woman whose rule is not a second time. Corbyn, meanwhile, thinks things are…

Letter on Labour`s education priority policies

Bernie Evans / March 7, 2019 at 11:23 AM 95 views

The report on the Commons debate on education funding highlighted a point that could be very useful for the Labour party in the next election (Morning Star, 04/03/19). Mary Bousted of the NEU hit the nail on the head when…

Rule by basketcase!

Bernie Evans / March 5, 2019 at 8:53 AM 105 views

Just recently we`ve had Tory ideas to end the teacher recruitment crisis with job-sharing, to solve the impending ferry crisis with contracts with a firm with no ferries, and now we have Gavin Williamson! In case anyone is still not…

TIG eating at Nando`s

Bernie Evans / March 5, 2019 at 5:12 AM 95 views

As Zoe Williams says, "eating out has always been vexed territory for politicians", but the problem with the Independent Group choosing Nando`s is not so much them showing how down-with-the-people they really are, but that they expect voters to be…

Umunna`s principles?

Bernie Evans / March 4, 2019 at 12:49 AM 130 views

Chuka Umunna has every right to be "fiercely critical" about  MPs who are "fundamentally dishonest" with their constituents about the effects of immigration, but strangely myopic when it comes to his own "economy with the truth" (Chuka Umunna: I never…

Corbyn can`t win!

Bernie Evans / February 27, 2019 at 7:19 AM 92 views

It seems Corbyn can`t win! Now that he has finally "thrown the party`s weight behind a second EU referendum" in the inevitable eventuality of Labour failing to get "its own version of a Brexit deal" passed this week, the criticism…

Education`s Ugly Sisters

Bernie Evans / February 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM 142 views

What is indeed clear, as Fiona Millar says, is that education "is rapidly becoming a Cinderella service", but it is equally obvious who take the roles of the Ugly Sisters (State education is becoming a Cinderella service for both Conservatives…

In favour of rent controls

Bernie Evans / February 1, 2019 at 10:18 AM 151 views

Campaigning for "wide-ranging rent controls" in London seems an eminently sensible decision for a mayor hoping for re-election, especially as this is an area on which previous Labour propaganda has been particularly weak (Khan to put rent control plan at…

Labour`s propaganda thinking is non-existent!

Bernie Evans / January 23, 2019 at 8:39 AM 142 views

Theresa May did, as your editorial rightly stated, show "contempt for Labour`s democratic procedures" by refusing for a long time, even initially after her withdrawal deal`s humiliating defeat in the Commons, to consult Jeremy Corbyn (Morning Star, 17/01/19). The penny…

Are Labour`s tax plans too moderate?

Bernie Evans / November 30, 2018 at 12:36 PM 228 views

Paul Mason reckons the country needs a "Marshall Plan on steroids", with a "huge fiscal and monetary stimulus" directed at the "heartlands of poverty and decay", with opposition parties showing "leadership and vision" (A country in a critical condition, 23rd…

End charitable status of private schools

Bernie Evans / October 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM 264 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 257 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…

Durability of public schools

Bernie Evans / July 29, 2018 at 11:59 AM 218 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 268 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 307 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 246 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 292 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…