“Austerity amnesia” reaching epidemic proportions | Bernie Evans

“Austerity amnesia” is now influencing too many of your recent articles, with Andrew Marr and George Eaton especially appearing to suffer from short-term memory, when it comes to recent Tory policy. In the former`s review of Goodhart`s book, The Road to Somewhere, he attributes the Somewheres` contempt for parliament on the Blair government`s “armed intervention in Iraq in 2003”, and on “the relatively minor scandal” concerning MPs` expenses, totally omitting the Tory-dominated coalition`s austerity policies, which punished the poorest and most disadvantaged, and which May`s …

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May a “safe pair of hands” and early election | Bernie Evans

To whom was Martin Kettle referring when using the first person plural in his article on the prime minister (We used to think May was a safe pair of hands, No longer 17/03/17)? Certainly not the majority of Guardian readers, and not even all Guardian writers. Alan Travis, last July, warned about about May`s approach to civil liberties that was “too cavalier”, and reminded us both of her disgraceful “Go Home” vans which toured immigrant communities, and policies which split up “an estimated 33,000 families because they didn`t earn enough” (What does Theresa May`s record as Home…

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Observer letter on Brexit and Tories | Bernie Evans

Tom Kibasi`s excellent analysis of the UK`s economic problems, where he supported the idea of “using Brexit as a moment to bring about the change that Britain needs”, omitted one very salient point (Article 50 is upon us but neither Brexiters nor Remainers grasp the vital changes that Britain needs, 12/03/17). As the Autumn Statement and the recent budget revealed, Osborne`s misguided and unnecessary austerity policies are being continued by May`s administration, with the ultimate aim being the same as Cameron`s, to “shrink the size of the state” back to levels last seen in the 1930s, and to…

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Brexit playing into Tories` hands | Bernie Evans

As the Star editorial rightly said on Thursday, the “humiliation heaped on Hammond and May as a result of their U-turn emphasises that their government is vulnerable” (Morning Star,16/03/17). May`s weak leadership, with many of her apparent wishes outvoted in cabinet, adds to the Tories` problems, as does her inept handling of the Scottish Nationalists` desire for their second referendum.    The trouble is that May will head the Brexit negotiations, and anyone who thinks a good deal for British trade and workers is on the cards needs to re-consider. Britain cannot be seen to emerge…

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On the Budget and Osborne`s shameless greed | Bernie Evans

Putting up the National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, of whom, as Zoe Williams informs us, 91% “are earning £20,000 or less” (Plausible, sober, and yet divorced from reality,09/03/17) is hardly the action of a chancellor who “has been brave”, as your editorial on the Spring Budget suggests (The chancellor provides political theatre – but is it all an act? 09/03/17). Going after the companies “who use self-employment as a way of dodging national insurance”, not to mention their responsibilities regarding sickness and holiday pay, should have been Hammond`s first, rather…

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May losing her marbles? | Bernie Evans

The fact that Greece has called for the return of the Elgin Marbles, stolen from them by Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, in the early 19th century, affords the British prime minister a wonderful opportunity (Calls for Marbles` return to help bolster Europen unity, 14/03 17). Not only would their return act as a “symbolic act in the fight against the dissolution of Europe”, and be a conciliatory gesture at the start of extremely difficult Brexit negotiations, it would illustrate how May`s speech in Downing Street last July was not simply rhetoric and political posturing. She…

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i letter on May`s leadership | Bernie Evans

According to the majority of media reports, Jeremy Corbyn`s lack of leadership qualities is the main reason for Labour`s poor showing in the polls. Andrew Grice, however, tells us that Theresa May frequently has her own ideas on “tackling the excesses of capitalism – curbing executive pay, putting workers on boards”, and such like, watered down by her Chancellor (History says that May and Hammond will sink or swim together, 11/03/17).      Why aren`t May`s obvious leadership problems headline news, like the Labour leader`s are? Why isn`t the media demanding to know who is actually…

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