All articles by: arosthorn

Rudd’s List

Published: October 6, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The Times, London October 5: Companies will be forced to reveal how many foreign workers they employ under government plans to shame bosses who fail to take on British staff. …

Don’t it always seem to go…

Published: September 28, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn
Helen Mountfield QC

In a skeleton argument for next month’s High Court battle against the government, Helen Mountfield QC has listed the human rights we will forfeit in a Brexit without parliamentary approval. …

Whose finger on the trigger?

Published: September 10, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn
Harold Macmillan Trigger

Jolyon Maugham QC, a barrister challenging the power of Theresa May to activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, says the Prime Minister has no right to start Brexit. It’s …

Tweaking PAYE to stay in Single Market

Published: August 26, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The UK government could slow down immigration without breaking EU rules. Chartered accountant Philip Shirley claims a simple tweak of the Pay As You Earn tax system would discourage EU …

Angie The Dyke: A Wallasey Folk Myth

Published: August 1, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The vice-chairman of the now suspended Wallasey Labour Party blames former cabinet minister Tessa Jowell for spreading a folk myth that members called their MP ‘Angie the Dyke’. In a …

The Welsh Contender

Published: July 13, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Former shadow cabinet minister Owen Smith will stand for the Labour leadership. The MP for Pontypridd and son of Labour historian Professor Dai Smith said he could be a “radical …

The Runaway Train is Rolling

Published: June 25, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Like the four runaway Alaskan locomotives in Andrei Konchalovsky’s 1985 survival thriller, the United Kingdom is now in the hands of two dangerous men. But our runaway train hasn’t hit …

They all want a piece of Nye

Published: June 3, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Sixty-five years after Aneurin Bevan walked out of Clement Attlee’s government in a row over NHS charges on spectacles and dentistry, Bevan was the big name on the Welsh hustings. …

Staggers on the Beach

Published: May 27, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

When our colleagues at the New Statesman chose the Irish-born professor of the history of international relations at Cambridge to demolish Boris Johnson’s Brexit fantasies, they chose well. In four …

GMB & Unite Lose Strike Ballot

Published: May 25, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The Merseyside shipyard workers who won an international battle to build the new £200 million polar research ship have voted against striking to save 68 jobs. Unite and GMB union …

A Week Is A Long Time In Politics

Published: May 22, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The question, “Who did pay that AEU fine?” posed by Paul Routledge in his recent Tribune review of Keith McDowall’s political memoir Before Spin, can at last be answered – …

GMB Strike Ballot at Cammell Laird

Published: May 21, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The shipyard workers’ union is fighting 68 compulsory redundancies declared last Friday at the Birkenhead shipyard. GMB and Unite called a meeting of around 480 members after the company announced …