All articles by: Denis MacShane

Books: Peerless scribe’s first novel

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

The Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson Head of Zeus £18.99 Neal Ascherson has been an adornment of British, or perhaps more accurately Scottish internationalist journalism since the 60s. …

Opposition must oppose

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

One of the puzzles of the Brexit debate is the absence of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Labour leaders go out of their way to explain that they have no differences …

Time for a Fair Movement directive

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

Theresa May stunned the EU president and prime ministers in her last visit to Brussels when she grandly announced that 80 per cent of British voters backed Brexit. In fact …

London could foretell Labour’s future

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

London will be where the election is settled and Labour’s future decided. In 2015, Labour performed outstandingly well in London in contrast to the wipe out in Scotland, where the …

Books: Germany – winners of the peace?

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way by Paul Lever IB?Tauris £17.99 There has never been a Europe question, only a German question. Unlike Britain, France, Spain or Italy, with …

Books: The first of the German rebels

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

Martin Luther:?Catholic Dissident by Peter Stanford Hodder &?Stoughton £20 We celebrate two anniversaries of revolutions this year. The Russian revolution of 1917 shaped the 20th century. But a revolution that …

Books: NGO thriller

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

The Reykjavik Assignment by Adam Lebor Head Of Zeus £18.99 Trying to explain how big international organisations work is not easy. No one reads academic tomes. journalists find it hard …

Books: Corruption under the microscope

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

Called to Account by Margaret Hodge Little Brown £18.99 Unmasked:?Corrurption In The West by Laurence Cockcroft & Anne-Christine Wegener IB?Tuaris £12.99 Margaret Hodge, one of the most effective Labour politicians …

Books: Wake-up call for the west

Published: November 8, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

Easternisation:?War And Peace In The Asian Century by Gideon Rachman The Bodley Head £20 When Theresa May said that someone who saw themselves as a “Citizen of the world was …

Time for reform of the labour market

Published: November 3, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

I first stood for Parliament in 1974. Then the only story in town was immigration. A right-wing racist Conservative MP called Enoch Powell had set politics aflame with his argument …

Books: Currency conundrum

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

The Euro And Its Threat to The Future Of Europe by Joseph Stiglitz Allen Lane £20 The Euro is the one EU project on which the left and right appear …

Books: Escape from your political despair

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

The Other Side Of Silence by Philip Kerr Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker Quercus £18.99 each Normally it is the holidays when we need some light relief.  But the political …

Memories of a reluctant minister

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

Westminster Diary by Bernard Donoughue IB?Tauris £25 Bernard Donoughue has written an important and fascinating account about the run-up to the 1997 election and Tony Blair’s arrival in Downing Street. …