New Statesman letter on foreign policy | Bernie Evans

Stephen Bush makes the debatable points that the Tories “might be able to win an argument about Venezuela”, and that most of the British voters don`t have “a flicker, let alone a quantum, of interest in foreign affairs”, with the implication that the latter is good news for Labour, as the Tories are hopelessly divided on domestic issues (Politics, 11th August, 2017). The patronising idea that the people don`t mind their leader sucking up embarrassingly to Trump, Erdogan and dictatorial leaders in the Middle East is, quite frankly, insulting; Bush will be writing next that the public think it…

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Rees-Mogg for Tory leader (i letter) | Bernie Evans

According to Katy Balls, Jacob Rees-Mogg has “shown that traditional conservative values – yes to fox-hunting, no to gay marriage – can have a place in modern times” (Where Moggmentum goes next, 17/08/17). There must have been a “typo”, with the capital letters and speech marks omitted! The Chaplin movie, made in 1936, certainly appeared at a time when such “values” might have had “a place”, but there certainly would not be one on an election-winning Tory manifesto in the 21st century.Mind you, if Tories want to choose Rees-Mogg as their leader, that`s fine with me. The sooner we have…

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Rees-Mogg for Tory leader (i letter) | Bernie Evans

According to Katy Balls, Jacob Rees-Mogg has “shown that traditional conservative values – yes to fox-hunting, no to gay marriage – can have a place in modern times” (Where Moggmentum goes next, 17/08/17). There must have been a “typo”, with the capital letters and speech marks omitted! The Chaplin movie, made in 1936, certainly appeared at a time when such “values” might have had “a place”, but there certainly would not be one on an election-winning Tory manifesto in the 21st century.Mind you, if Tories want to choose Rees-Mogg as their leader, that`s fine with me. The sooner we have…

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Full Guardian letter on schools | Bernie Evans

I was pleased to see a contemporary of Bowie, Howard Scholey, defending their old school, in the wake of Hanif Kureishi`s attack (Letters, 15/08/17). I taught for over thirty years in a comprehensive school in a deprived area, and whilst some pupils probably thought of it as such, it never deserved to be classed as a “shithole”; to be fair, some pupils would never have had the chance to witness what went on in the examination classes, or see the delight and relief on results` day. There were certainly numerous unruly pupils and many lessons disrupted, even a small number of “hopeless”…

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Independent letter on May`s holiday | Bernie Evans

A prime minister who goes back to work “almost four weeks after she began her summer break” does not deserve to be in office, taking the people she is meant to govern for what clearly is a ride.Even worse, with so many crises developing both in this country and in the world in general, it becomes almost criminal for a democratically-elected leader to absent herself at such a time, and it now behoves parliament to pass legislation prohibiting such glaring unprofessionalism ever happening again.Work is urgently needed to clarify the Brexit situation, caution is needed from the UK`s apparent…

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Observer letter on Compassionate Conservatism | Bernie Evans

What Will Tanner doesn`t appear to realise is that, with the prospect of another election hanging “Damoclean-like over the Conservative party”, it`s not only the “message which needs to change” (To win again, the Tories must become radical champions of fairness, 06.08.17). It cannot be only pro-Remain Tory voters who view the present group of leaders with distrust, especially as they display behaviour which not only has clearly far more to do with personal ambition than the electoral prospects of the party, but which contrasts sharply with the principled stance adopted by their Labour…

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2 Independent letters: Venezuela and Cable | Bernie Evans

How refreshing to read something sensible at last about Corbyn’s reaction to the recent crisis in Venezuela, by Mary Dejevsky. Of course he was being set up by the right to “divert attention from the two main parties divisions over Brexit”, and no matter what his response was, the Labour leader would be criticised.What makes this so typical of the right’s behaviour in politics currently is that little or no demands are made of Theresa May to denounce the atrocities committed every day by her allies in the Middle East or for her to pressurise the Saudis into stopping the bombing of…

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