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Why Labour should support a 2nd referendum

Bernie Evans / January 14, 2019 at 7:11 PM 51 views

It does appear that Labour`s leadership has realised, at last, that a hard, or even no deal, Brexit "won`t just be blamed on the Tories" (Disaster looms. Can MPs act quickly enough to save us? 12/01/19). The large number of…

Hopefully Clarkson is right!

Bernie Evans / January 12, 2019 at 12:27 PM 117 views

Hopefully, Jeremy Clarkson is right (Clarkson: BBC favours women over men, 08/01/19). If it is true that "male presenters should accept they have no chance of winning jobs at the BBC", the nation should celebrate. The more of the likes…

Unpublished NS letter on editorial policy

Bernie Evans / January 9, 2019 at 2:44 PM 102 views

The Leader`s summary of the dire effects of the ideologically-driven austerity measures ends with an admission that this "is not left-wing alarmism" (After austerity, 7th December, 2018). Its conclusion, therefore, seems rather bizarre; the statement that the country is "in…

Guardian letter on private schools "gaming" the system

Bernie Evans / January 8, 2019 at 3:35 PM 80 views

Of course, it`s welcome news that Labour is demanding an inquiry into the ways private schools are "gaming" the examination system, and Angela Rayner is absolutely correct to say that we cannot have an education system "with different rules for…

An "eminently solvable" problem!

Bernie Evans / January 6, 2019 at 9:52 AM 149 views

What a shame your editorial`s "five ideas" for any government wishing "to make Britain a more equitable place" (Britain can be great again. Here`s how...,30.12.18) did not include the "eminently solvable" problem relating to the ways private schools "game" the…

Who will win over the "left behind"?

Bernie Evans / December 30, 2018 at 10:07 AM 105 views

As Will Hutton says, the case for remain in a second referendum would be best  made by Labour, but surely not as "the centre of a cross-party coalition" (Labour`s leadership is at rock-bottom, 23.12.18)? In order for this campaign to…

i letter on grade inflation

Bernie Evans / December 22, 2018 at 11:57 AM 191 views

It seems clear that the real problem of grade inflation in our universities is not that "the proportion of firsts and 2:1 degrees awarded in England has soared" but that too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds are getting them (Hinds…

Ludicrous excuses

Bernie Evans / December 20, 2018 at 10:58 AM 206 views

It seems ludicrous that a second referendum could not be made an absolute priority, and that "the briefest feasible gap between deciding on such a vote and holding it" is 22 weeks (Perplexing logistics of a second referendum, 15/12/18). Why…

Are Labour`s tax plans too moderate?

Bernie Evans / November 30, 2018 at 12:36 PM 191 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 236 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 237 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 199 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 239 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 299 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 228 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 276 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 283 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 282 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 396 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 388 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…