All articles by: Chris Proctor

Brainwaves

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

If Owen Smith had won the leadership of the Labour Party last year, this general election would have been a shoo-in for the Reds. No doubt about it. This dynamic …

Brainwaves

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

If there’s one thing better than enjoying yourself, it’s watching people you don’t like having a bad time. This is always fun, but sometimes it is utter bliss: those wonderful …

Books: Fictional past, factual present?

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis Penguin Classics £8.99 Fiction does some odd things. At times, at its best, it can enlighten your own world with tales from one …

Brainwaves

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Sometimes, standing at the bus stop, I seriously consider stuffing my hand in my coat pocket, snatching my wallet and running off with it. I can afford it, I think …

Brainwaves

Published: February 27, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Some months ago, I undertook to offer the well-heeled Tribune reader a regular selection of sound investment tips. My debut venture into financial guidance was a huge success. You may …

Brainwaves

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

In decades to come, children will ask you where you were when you heard the news that Tristram Hunt had stepped down as a Labour MP. I’m sure you will …

Chris Proctor: Brainwaves

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

When did Fidel Castro die? It’s not often this column provides a certifiably correct fact, but the answer is November 25 2016. Well done, Chris. Top research. Now, at the …

Brainwaves: Chris Proctor

Published: November 22, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

I’m going into the pollster business. I’m a natural: I couldn’t with any confidence even forecast the outcome of a single-candidate election in North Korea where the only vote was …

Books: Capital is the real crime

Published: November 8, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

Crime by Robert Reiner Polity Press £16.99 Politicians are at their very worse when they talk about crime. The Tories sound even more depraved than usual with their blood-curdling Old …

Books: Dirty Donald’s dirty secrets

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish &?Marc Fisher Simon &?Schuster £20 There’s no need to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. It’s already there, on the surface, masses of it, foul …

Brainwaves

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

The thing is, doctor, I don’t seem to be able to concentrate properly. My memory is shot. I haven’t got a grip on reality any more. There’s all these thing …

Brainwaves: Chris Proctor

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

Labour Party members have let themselves down very badly of late. For over a decade they were admirable, demonstrating first class muteness and dumbness while their superiors got on with …

Brainwaves – Chris Proctor

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

This is an opportune time to discuss the fundamentals about our beliefs and ambitions for the Labour Party. For the first time in decades, members have the opportunity to discuss, …

Brainwaves – Chris Proctor

Published: July 15, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

The main topic of conversation in north London since the referendum has been how to get hold of another passport. A British one is now heavy with stigma; an alternative …

Brainwaves – Chris Proctor

Published: May 14, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

I see the old lags of the right are urging their sheepish followers to get Christine Shawcroft voted off Labour’s national executive.

Brainwaves – Chris Proctor

Published: April 15, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

Well, well, well. It appears from ­recent revelations that the rich hide their money to avoid paying tax. My oh my! My flabber is gasted. Whoever would have thought it?

Brainwaves – Chris Proctor

Published: April 4, 2016
Written by Chris Proctor

After spending a few weeks pondering how to vote in the European Union referendum, I thought I needed some light relief, so I’ve been considering Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.