All articles by: Ian Hernon

Westminster Watch

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

We have had “omnishambles” Budgets before – George Osborne’s pasty tax package springs to mind. And Gordon Brown’s pension uprating blunder. But nothing compares to this. Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘tax …

Zero hours contracts may have hit peak

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the UK has hit a record high of 910,000 but there are signs the trend may have reached a peak, according to …

Too many in mixed wards

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has been accused of abandoning yet another Tory Manifesto commitment as new figures reveal the number of NHS patients in mixed sex wards is running 50% higher than …

Rutte holds off far right in Dutch election

Published: March 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Dutch people have rejected a far-Right, anti-Muslim agenda in a close-fought general election. Premier Mark Rutte (pictured) said: “The Netherlands said ‘Whoa!’” after his centre-right VVD party’s lead positioned him …

Westminster Watch

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Behind the bluff and bluster of Philip Hammond’s Budget, one report illus­trated the reality of life not for the really poor, nor for the super-rich who have benefited the most …

Sanctions use not ‘consistent’

Published: March 8, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Public Account Committee (PAC) has reported that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable. The MPs urged the Department for Work & Pensions to review their …

Books: A bigger bang than Bikini

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Heligoland: Britain, Germany and the struggle for the North Sea by Jan Ruger Oxford University Press £25 For those devourers of “forgotten” history, this book is a must. Maybe not …

Westminster Watch

Published: February 25, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

At the time of writing, the last shots were being fired in two crucial by-elections, so you, the reader, have the advantage of already knowing the outcomes. However, before the …

Tribunals review accused of a whitewash

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The long-awaited government review of the introduction of employment tribunal fees has been  branded a whitewash. In his foreword to the review, justice minister Sir Oliver Heald said “there has …

Rand rate fixed

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Major banks have been accused of rigging the price of South Africa’s currency, the rand, by a competition watchdog. Global giants Barclays, JP Morgan and HSBC are among 17 banks …

Westminster Watch

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The mechanics of Brexit were set to give Theresa May a giant headache; instead it has turned into a nightmare for Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to two byelections which …