All articles by: Ian Hernon

Budget 2017: People face ‘misery’, says Corbyn

Published: November 23, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn warned that the Budget will “unravel” within days as the implications of continuing austerity will cause “misery” for people across the country. The Labour leader attacked the government’s …

Film: When Uncle Joe had to go

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Death of Stalin Director: Armando Iannucci As a long-time correspondent in the House of Commons, I couldn’t stand Yes, Minister, because I could spot the flaws, exacerbated by the …

Budget pressure rises over lifting pay cap

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A pre-Budget battle is underway as Tribune went to press over moves to loosen the pay cap for teachers and nurses. Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted at a Cabinet sub-committee that …

LGA calls for more leisure funding

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Local Government Association has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to commit £400m in his upcoming Budget to upgrade and renovate leisure facilities. It argued that the cash is crucial to …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A close contact (OK, a daughter) asked me after the downfall of Priti Patel: “Is this the worst government ever?” Well, ‘ever’ is a big word, and the tenures of …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With at least half the Tory party demanding his head over his attitude to Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond is letting it be known that his upcoming Budget is to be …

Banks facing SA fraud probe

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Chancellor Philip Hammond has privately asked financial regulators and the Serious Fraud Office to review whether banks HSBC and Standard Chartered are linked to a corruption scandal in South Africa. …

Women and older workers stuck in low pay

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Social Mobility Commission has found that low pay is endemic in the UK and there has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly …

Catalonia in limbo as voters await December poll

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The economy and memories of the Fascist era under General Franco are behind the ongoing Catalonia crisis. When Tribune went to press, the previously autonomous region’s sacked President, Carles Puigdemont …

Mounting cost of mental ill-health

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Slowly but surely, mental health is climbing the political agenda. It is long overdue but reflects a growing awareness of the issue and an acceptance that stress after almost a …

Tories fuel house-building slump

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

New figures show that since the Tories came to power in 2010 fewer homes per year have been built than under any political party in peacetime since the 1920s. By …

High cost of poor mental health care at work

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through lost production, recruitment and absence, according to the employment relations service Acas. New guidance, which aims to …

Retirement ‘time bomb’

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A TUC analysis has identified five pension blackspots – UK industries where workers are not enrolled into a pension scheme – which amount to a “ticking time bomb” which could …

Trump isolated over Iran nuclear deal

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Key US allies have promised to stand by the Iran nuclear deal which President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up. After Trump said he would not sign off on …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

After months of summer recess and the party conference season, during which Theresa May’s woes and Tory infighting over Brexit have snatched the headlines, MPs are finally getting to grips …

Lives at risk as promises broken

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour has warned that the government is putting lives at risk by refusing to provide funding to local authorities to pay for tower block sprinkler systems. After the Grenfell Tower …

Single parents suffer income squeeze

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The single parent charity Gingerbread has found that harsh welfare policies, low quality work and the high cost of living mean that single parents are finding it increasingly hard to …

Watchdog pushes for wage enforcement

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Underpayment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) affects as many as 580,000 workers at different times of the year, according to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) Underpayment is highly seasonal …