The Tory disease: short-termism | Bernie Evans

John McDonnell is wisely concentrating on the OECD`s “criticism of Britain`s weak productivity”, and how the organisation stressed the need for more “infrastructure investment,  increased research spending and improved training”. This highlights the sharp contrast  with Tory policies, which almost all are based on short-termism, and which have caused immeasurable problems, not only for the country`s economy, but for most of its long-suffering people.      Labour needs to emphasise how successive governments have failed to think clearly about their health and social care p[olicies,…

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Question Time needs changing! | Bernie Evans

Roger Mosey makes many pertinent points about the future of Question Time, paricularly that the BBC is “right to try to renew its relevance” (Off the Air, 13th October, 2017). Also sensible is, as “these are serious times”, that there is little room for celebrities and such-like on the panel, but plenty for experts; when, for example, the Education Secretary guests, why not also include an experienced examiner, headteacher, or union leader? Doctors or surgeons when Secretary for Health is on?  
  Mosey, however, misses an important point: viewing figures are not going to increase…

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Every day is bad for PM | Bernie Evans

Why John Rentoul should think that Wednesday this week was an especially “embarrassing day for Theresa May” beggars belief (Voices, 18/10/17).  Admittedly she carelessly answered “Yes” to Corbyn`s request that she “pause universal credit”, and her government agreed to last week`s Labour demand for a “freephone helpline for claimants”. There was also also  the expectation that Tory MPs be “instructed not to take part in the vote” at the end of the universal credit debate, but whether this makes for  a particularly bad day for May is doubtful.           We have a prime minister so…

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Too much mis-remembering | Bernie Evans

Will Hutton misses the point when writing about there being “too much remembering” (Endlessly refighting old wars does nothing to heal a fractured present, 08.10.17). Catalans wanting independence, just like the residents of eastern parts of Germany who voted far-right, have memories of their past which are not “inflated” as Hutton calls them, but so vivid they cannot be forgotten. History is always manipulated by politicians to suit their own ends, but when its justification is “ethnically based superiority”, it becomes dangerous.
 What Hutton omitted to mention is that for many in Britain…

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Labour should end Pre-U examinations | Bernie Evans

Few, if any,will have any problems with Labour`s promises to “radically transform Britain`s education system”, and that “teachers would be at the heart of it”. Most of the problems which have developed since Gove`s outrageous abandonment of advice from experts could have been avoided had the then Secretary of State listened to teachers. There is today, however, one very secret area of the education system which involves teachers very heavily, though sadly the teachers in question belong to the private sector. Who knew, before the recent scandal involving examination-cheating at Eton…

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Manipulated history and Brexit | Bernie Evans

Last week`s Leader mentioned the important role history is playing in the current issue of Catalonia`s independence (The Spanish crisis, 6th October, 2017). The “feeling of hurt” after the oppression the Catalans suffered during the Spanish Civil War and Franco`s dictatorship “has never gone away”, and allying this with economic resentment has led to the demand for a referendum.   Strangely, the Leader did not see fit to compare this with the UK`s current crisis. That similar economic frustration was an important factor in the Brexit decision is irrefutable, but Britain`s struggle…

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Sats (and “trick questions”) should be abolished | Bernie Evans

The fact that “music, drama and art embedded into every part” of the day in a Bradford primary school has produced a remarkable “turnaround” in results in all areas of the curriculum illustrates perfectly the importance of enjoyment as a hugely important factor in learning (The secret of great Sats results? Extra music, and lots of it, 03/10/17). How encouraging it is to see children`s mental and social development being given top priority, and massive congratulations must be given to all involved.
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