All articles by: Ian Hernon

Tories buy power with ‘cash for votes’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

In a very narrow sense, the Democratic Unionist Party’s sleazy deal to prop up Theresa May’s administration has done us all a favour by exposing the hyp­ocrisy of the Tories …

Pay rise ‘on the agenda’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt signalled he will press the Chancellor to give public sector staff more pay.. He praised the way NHS staff and the other emergency services responded to …

News In Brief

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Barclays Bank and four of its former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case concerns the way the …

Tanzania: ‘No school for mums’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Tanzanian President John Magufuli faced outrage after saying that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. A pan-African women’s organisation is mobilising via an online …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The eventual, inevitable downfall of Theresa May could well prove to have been triggered by post-election reports from Tory constituencies whose incumbents either lost or only narrowly survived. A good …

‘Why couldn’t they afford sprinklers?’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Evidence that ministers were to some degree culpable in the Grenfell Tower disaster is mounting ahead of the upcoming public inquiry. The Government’s former housing minister Mark Prisk admitted that …

Lame duck guts her own programme

Published: June 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Lame duck premier Theresa May’s legislative programme is notable only for what she left out after a dismal general election campaign left her with a minority government. Out went disastrous …

Westminster Watch

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

As the newbies and retreads troop into Parliament to be sworn in as MPs, few of them believe that this country has a viable government after Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech …

Puerto Rico votes for statehood

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The US territory of Puerto Rico has voted once again to ask Congress to make it America’s 51st state More than 97% of voters favoured the move over becoming inde­pendent …

May isolated as aides fall on swords

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s closest advisers fell on their swords after a disastrous election campaign which lost the Tories their Commons majority. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, joint chiefs of staff in Downing …

May faces Tory backlash

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May has faced a backlash from Tory MPs over her election gamble that backfired. They remain furious with the Prime Minister for losing her Commons majority, blaming both her …

May clings on

Published: June 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A shaken and desperate Theresa May remains determined to cling onto power despite losing her Commons majority. The prime minister headed to Buckingham Palace to seek the Queen’s permission to …

Greens slam rivals over the environment

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas accused her main election rivals of dismal failure to put forward ideas for protecting the environment. She claimed Brexit could see the environment “trashed”, and …

Midlands wobbles

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A man in a red cowboy hat called Joseph Afrane said of the Labour Leader: “That is a fantastic man, he is down to earth and he loves everyone.” The …

New WHO boss calls for universal health care

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Ethipoia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the …