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Osborne not fit for IMF job

/ August 21, 2019 at 10:47 AM 25 views

William Keegan is right to say that Johnson must "act on the advice of the FT" and reject George Osborne`s claim to be the managing-director of the IMF (Business has very good reason to fear Boris Johnson, 14.07.19). Not only has…

Royals taking us for mugs

/ August 21, 2019 at 9:05 AM 26 views

Politicians here are frequently, and correctly, criticised for taking the public for mugs. When the royal family takes the same approach towards its "subjects", no one appears to bat an eyelid (Prince Andrew "appalled" by sex abuse claims against Epstein,…

Analysis of Pre-U results needed too!

/ August 20, 2019 at 10:50 AM 45 views

The experts will undoubtedly be correct in their explanation that the slight "fall in grades" was because of more students taking A-levels, rather than studying for qualifications more suited to their talents (Top grades in England suffer a dip but…

Guardian letter on Corbyn`s leadership

/ August 17, 2019 at 11:46 AM 100 views

The truth is that whatever Labour`s leadership team come up with, Corbyn can`t win (Corbyn invites Tory rebels and other leaders to oust PM, 15/08/19). When he finally announces a no confidence vote and a "temporary administration" led by him…

Labour`s university admissions reforms

/ August 16, 2019 at 1:09 PM 85 views

Labour is right to pledge changes to the university admissions process which will avoid relying on A-level grade forecasts and halt the use of unconditional offers, but these proposals clearly do not go far enough (Labour to scrap "unfair" predicted…

i letter on Tories and elections

/ August 14, 2019 at 8:33 AM 137 views

Tory propagandist, Mark Wallace, is only half right when arguing that "acting as voters want", and "seeking to win their votes" by making outlandish promises, is what politicians do (Johnson is already in campaign mode, 13/08/19). How many people voted…

Labour and Germany 1930-33

/ August 8, 2019 at 7:21 AM 183 views

Polly Toynbee concludes that a no-deal "disaster" "would see the Tories render themselves unelectable for a generation", but if this is all part of Labour`s long-term objective, it is likely to go horribly wrong (A government of national unity can…

Education at Eton: an i letter

/ July 31, 2019 at 10:07 AM 92 views

Eton, as Robert Verkaik tells us, is advertising for parents to send their sons there, as long as they have "vigour, talent and industry" (Eton mess: how the school perpetuates inequality, 29/07/19). The most expensive school in the country will…

Future of History?

/ July 30, 2019 at 6:39 AM 66 views

With the number "doing history degrees falling 10% over the last decade", and English, Classics and Modern Language degrees not "serving students well in the contemporary job market", Will Hutton has grounds for being worried about our society "withering" (Turning…

Boris "Unchained"! Heaven help us

/ July 26, 2019 at 1:25 PM 171 views

Jonathan Freedland`s assertion that Johnson`s cabinet "is startlingly right wing" is, sadly, something of an understatement (From today, the Brexiters will have no one else to blame, 25/07/19). The co-authors of "Britannia Unchained", which infamously in 2012 described British workers…

May`s duplicity

/ July 24, 2019 at 2:27 PM 114 views

How May has the brass neck to criticise Johnson, albeit by implication, for "telling people what you think they want to hear", when her leadership contest victory was achieved in 2016 by exactly the same means, is beyond belief (If…

Guardian letter on Iran

/ July 23, 2019 at 8:05 AM 93 views

What on earth did the UK government expect to happen (Tensions in Gulf stoked by seizure of UK-linked tankers, 20/07/19)? By detaining the Iranian tanker, Grace 1, two weeks ago, apparently at the behest of the US, the UK immediately…

Johnson`s popularity will be short-lived!

/ June 15, 2019 at 9:57 AM 200 views

Polly Toynbee`s hatchet job on Johnson and the hundred-plus Tory MPs, the real "ones to blame, crowding in to join his bandwagon", did not actually go far enough (Boris Johnson spoke: you can`t trust a word, 13/06/19). Most of the…

Relationship not so "special" in 1939-40!

/ June 12, 2019 at 9:35 AM 135 views

John Harris rightly reminds us again of the myths which prevent "any instinctive popular understanding of our national past", mentioning particularly "splendid isolation, the glories of the second world war, and the wonders of empire" (Brexit is the act of…