All articles by: Ian Hernon

Poll increases fears for Labour heartlands

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour support in its Northern heartlands is crumbling, with seats previously held by former Blairite cabinet ministers vulnerable to the Tories for the first time in generations. A new poll …

Snowden protectors denied political asylum

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Hong Kong has rejected the asylum claims of a group who helped shelter US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The asylum-seekers, from Sri Lanka and the Philippines, housed Snowden for two weeks …

Westminster Watch

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A survey in a Sunday newspaper which is not required reading among Tribune readers compared the party leaders to dogs: predictably, Jeremy Corbyn was a scruffy stray, and Tim Farron …

Race hate still common at work

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A TUC survey of more than 5,000 working people found that racial harassment still goes on in too many workplaces. The black and minority ethnic (BME) workers who completed the …

Penguin provides aid for trainees

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Publishing group Penguin Random House UK will pay all work experience participants the National Living Wage – currently £7.50 an hour – and offer accommodation support for candidates who live …

Westminster Watch

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The current stramash over the ‘chumocracy’ that held sway during David Cameron’s premiership should surprise few people. After all, the House of Lords is currently bloated by cronies who enjoyed …

Labour ready for election battle

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour insists it is ready to fight the surprise June 8 election called by Theresa May. The party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was a chance to get a government …

Paltry fines over asbestos

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Two companies have been fined a total of just £15,000 for putting people at risk of cancer caused by asbestos at a property in Leatherhead. A Health and Safety Executive …

Big three seek to defuse nuclear tensions

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

America, China and Russia appear to be moving towards an uneasy alliance to pressure North Korea into pulling back from the brink a nuclear war. But tensions were being ratcheted …

126 refugees killed in Syria attack

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in a car bomb attack on buses carry­ing evacuees from besieged Syrian towns. The explosion shattered buses and set cars on …

CEOs pocket 386 times average pay

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Equality Trust has estimated that chief executives of the UK’s top 100 companies now pocket an average of £5.3 million each year, or 386 times that of a worker …

School standards at risk as finance is squeezed

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Public Accounts Committee has warned that school standards in England are at risk as schools are required to make savings during the most significant financial pressure since the mid-1990s. …

Government ‘must regulate’

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A survey for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that almost two-thirds (63%) of those who work in the gig economy think the government should regulate …

Disclosure reveals wealth of Trump’s sidekicks

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Financial analysts Bloomberg have estimated that Donald Trump’s cabinet and senior staff are worth some $12bn after documents released by the White House revealed their personal assets. The President’s daughter …

Westminster Watch

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

For some years now the term “Westminster bubble” has been a lazy term of abuse by those on the Left and Right, from populists, preachers and pariahs across the political …