Corbyn can`t win! | Bernie Evans

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 keeps on coming (Jeremy Corbyn: we`ll back a second referendum to stop no-deal Tory Brexit, 26/02/19). Despite the decision being eminently sensible, both politically and electorally, showing up the rebel Independent Group for their over-hasty defection, and the feebleness of parliament being exposed by divisions and indecision, Corbyn`s move is seen as being…

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Scrapping GCSEs and reforming private schools | Bernie Evans

As well as the excellent proposals made in your editorial for the steps which “can be taken straight away” to deal with the “inequality-generating machines” which are private schools, others are worthy of consideration (Private schools present obstacles to social mobility that must be overcome, 13/02/19). Closing the loopholes which allow schools in the independent sector to by-pass the newly-reformed, more rigorous, and coursework-free GCSE and A-level examinations by entering pupils for coursework-included and lightly regulated IGCSE and Pre-U examinations is essential. Coursework was seen…

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Education`s Ugly Sisters | Bernie Evans

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 and Labour, 22/01/19). With the prime minister only interested in extending grammar schools, and the leader of the opposition, judging by PMQs, not willing to enter any debate on the subject, this particular pantomime seems set to run for a while! It`s not as though the current system is working well, with increasing concerns, both about the  stress and…

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British business typified by Tesco! | Bernie Evans

The reputation of British business, already at rock-bottom with its recent history of obscene pay awards, bonuses attached to short-term profits and share values,, tax avoidance, zero-hours contracts for many workers not even being paid a living wage, and lack of investment leading to low productivity, has been done no favours by Tesco`s most recent announcement (Threat to 9,000 jobs as fresh food counters shut, 29/01/19). Introducing yet more so-called “efficiency” cuts, putting “up to 9,000 staff jobs at risk”, is a typical short-termist and unimaginative response by a CEO determined, as…

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Tories failing on tax avoidance | Bernie Evans

A Business Leader is not the most appropriate place in which to describe how the world`s leading digital companies do everything they can to “drive down the effective rate of tax they pay”, and then ask its readers why wouldn`t “everyone else play the same game” (Facebook and the tech giants won`t like it, but a digital tax must become reality, 03.02.19). Quite frankly, the world`s businesses are a disgrace, seeing profit as the only objective worth pursuing, and caring not a jot about the welfare of their workforce, the environment, or the debt they owe society. Individuals, by and large,…

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Agreeing with Observer`s editorial! | Bernie Evans

Trapped between a rock of Labour-supporting Leave voters and the hard place where its Remain-supporting voters reside, the Labour party`s obfuscation on Brexit details is hardly unsurprising. It does, however, have to make its intentions clear soon, and William Keegan hinted at a possible solution (For the poor, it`s not the EU that`s the problem. It`s austerity, 27.01,19). With any form of Brexit looking disastrous, particularly in the short-term, and especially on the jobs/working regulations` front, support for a second, but different, referendum on leaving the EU looks a sensible option. …

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In favour of rent controls | Bernie Evans

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 heart of mayoral re-election bid, 24/01/19). Khan`s plan, of course, will “not find favour with the Conservative government”. Why would it, when 309 Tory MPs in 2016 voted against Labour`s amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which would have placed “a duty on landlords to ensure their properties were fit for human habitation”, with 72…

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