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Beatles Brexit

Bernie Evans / March 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM 201 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…

Umunna`s principles?

Bernie Evans / March 4, 2019 at 12:49 AM 227 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…

Education`s Ugly Sisters

Bernie Evans / February 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM 237 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 234 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 219 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 295 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 312 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 312 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 281 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 309 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 345 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 290 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 351 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 336 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 339 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 469 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 441 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…

As if Tories care

Bernie Evans / January 6, 2018 at 5:35 PM 558 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 404 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…

Response to Nick Cohen re Corbyn

Bernie Evans / March 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM 532 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,…