Criticism of the Observer | Bernie Evans

My disappointment with the Observer`s inclusion of a grossly distorted and heavily biased article on “the great man”, Churchill (If only we had a leader to match him, 07.01,18), was compounded by the paper`s failure to include any readers` letters of protest (Opinion, 14/01/18). With the Guardian and Observer having campaigned for many years against the manipulation of history (Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files, 18.10.18, Uncovering the brutal truth about the British Empire, 18.08.16), it seemed ludicrous to see its protraction, and indeed, its extension. Having marked A-level history…

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Applauding Churchill? | Bernie Evans

Applauding  a film about Churchill has something to do with, as Simon Kelner says, “a nostalgic feeling”, but much more to do with the result of years of manipulating history by modern governments (All cheer the flawed hero in our time of need, 17.01.18). The people have been drip-fed a distorted version of a mythical “glorious past”, and that includes of the heroic wartime leader, whose lack of principle and humanity led to a “crossing of the floor” twice, and the death of millions of Bengals, and whose words, “Very well, alone” have led to a nationwide amnesia about the country`s…

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Running down NHS | Bernie Evans

Theresa May`s pathetic attempt to display strong leadership, along with an equally feeble effort to convince voters that she is listening, explain her recent endeavours to replace the “lightweight and serial blame-passer” who is Jeremy Hunt (Pity the NHS, but it`s not time to get rid of Jeremy Hunt, 15/01/18). Toynbee is right to offer “two cheers for Hunt remaining”, simply because his replacement would not only try to put his or her stamp on yet another “re-disorganisation” of the health service, but would be a Tory, and in this government that means someone who agrees with the policy of…

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Hero-worshipping Churchill has to stop | Bernie Evans

How someone with a first-class honours degree in history from Cambridge can “misremember” so much in one article on Churchill beggars belief, especially in a newspaper, which constantly argues against the manipulation of our history, and in favour of releasing hidden history files from Hanslope Park (Wanted: A leader like Churchill, 07.01.18)!
     Of course, the country is currently in need of “leadership that combines principle, vision and humanity with the capacity to mobilise and unify”, but Churchill`s “principles” allowed him to “cross the floor” twice! Similarly, his “humanity” led to…

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End “special relationship” nonsense | Bernie Evans

Khan and Corbyn, contrary to what Boris Johnson thinks, must do everything in their power to put the so-called “special relationship” with America, “at risk” (Johnson rages at Corbyn and Khan for “endangering US investment in Britain”, 12/01/18). In fact, every leader in the world should be putting whatever relationship their countries have with Trump`s government “at risk”.     It is obscene for our government to be so much in thrall to the American dollar that it insists the “strong and deep relationship will endure”. Things have changed; the president is a racist, and no country…

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Time for Barber to face the music | Bernie Evans

Toby Young may have gone, but why should the OfS chair, Sir Michael Barber, get off so lightly (Cut adrift by other regulators, it was not worth fighting on,10/01/18)? After all, the OfS  “candidates had been vetted by a panel” led by him, and Young`s application approved despite his controversial, and often obnoxious, comments and articles, and his lack of academic experience, as required in the job specification. “Having to face MPs on camera” might well be a “nightmare” for Barber, but the chair of the select committee on education, Robert Halfon, has a public duty now to summon him to…

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BBC pay solution | Bernie Evans

Carrie Gracie is to be commended for her courageous decision to resign from her BBC post because of the corporation`s “secretive and illegal pay structure” (Top BBC journalist quits ,08/01/18). There can be little room for optimism, however, that such action will prompt the development of “a fair and transparent pay culture” when the BBC`s response is to claim that its “gender pay figures” show it is performing “considerably better” than a “significant number of organisations”. Such a childish reaction reveals that the corporation has learned nothing from last summer`s “furore” over pay.     …

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