All articles by: John Street

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by John Street

Shadow on the sun Brexit minister Steve Baker has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws, leading the Unite general union to demand that Theresa May’s government now provides “cast-iron …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by John Street

Do you think it’s alright? The Grenfell Tower disaster has exposed the corrupt heart of private capital in “social” housing. It has also exposed, if more evidence is needed, the …

John Street’s Diary

Published: June 19, 2017
Written by John Street

Street fighting man No-one can now question Jeremy Corbyn’s stamina. The 68-year-old has met and addressed over a hundred thousand people at campaign events. While Theresa May’s campaign was defined …

John Street’s Election Diary

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by John Street

Now it’s all over, we can look back at the most cringe-worthy – but sometimes pertinent – moments of the election campaign. “What is it about the recent 20% opinion …

John Street’s Diary

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by John Street

What is and what should never be Surprise, surprise – the Conservatives received the largest amount of money in the first official week of the general election campaign, followed by …

John Street’s Diary

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by John Street

Our lady of the well The prime minister’s EU temper tantrums suggest she is a spoilt brat, according to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. She said: “The truth is that …

John Street’s Diary

Published: May 11, 2017
Written by John Street

The clairvoyant The Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges – son of ex-Labour MP and twice Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson – confidently predicted Theresa May would quit due to ill-health. She …

John Street’s Diary

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by John Street

That’s my story In Northern Ireland, the ‘Stakeknife affair’ is getting murkier, with ongoing questions over Pamela Atchison’s role in a decision not to prosecute an alleged IRA spy for …

John Street’s Diary

Published: April 12, 2017
Written by John Street

She’s leaving home The exodus from Jeremy Corbyn’s office is turning into a flood. Nancy Platts, the trade union liaison officer for the Labour Leader’s office, has handed in her …

John Street’s Diary

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by John Street

Bad news comes to town Former Chancellor and soon-to-be-newspaper-editor George Osborne has been busy on the lucrative speaker’s tour since being sacked, and has picked up a nice big earner …

John Street’s Diary

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by John Street

Jack of all trades A haul of secret documents obtained by Channel 4 News has revealed the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Nick Timothy played a central role in a …

John Street’s Diary

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by John Street

The winner takes it all The first list in the Labour Research Department’s new reporting season on the latest pay packages given to top executives at stock exchange-quoted companies covers …

John Street’s Diary

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by John Street

There will be a reckoning The BHS saga gets sorrier and sorrier. The work and pensions select committee published correspondence with the concurrent administrators of BHS, Duff & Phelps and …

John Street’s Diary

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by John Street

It takes a lot to laugh … Eight Tory MPs and one Lib Dem last year earned more in second incomes than premier Theresa May’s £150,000 annual salary, according to …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 17, 2016
Written by John Street

An apple a day Party Leaders normally distributes bottles of whiskey or champagne to their favoured ones at this time of year. Jeremy Corbyn has been sending his core supporters …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by John Street

Watch that man Regular Tribune columnist and shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs Cat Smith has been cleared of cheating on her election expenses. In May, an investigation …

John Street’s Diary

Published: November 25, 2016
Written by John Street

Lady Midnight Prime Minister Theresa May has been given an object lesson on her personal standing with the US president-elect. May, who weighed in with criticism of Trump after his …

The Diary

Published: November 3, 2016
Written by John Street

Masters of war The Labour MPs who abstained on their own Shadow Defence Secretary Emily Thornberry’s rather mild motion to distance the UK from Saudi atrocities in Yemen, revealed a …

John Street’s Diary

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by John Street

School’s out There are more signs that Mrs May’s honeymoon period amongst her conference-weary rank and file is waning. Paul Goodman of the conservativehome website blogged: “Not everything is changed, …

The Diary

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by John Street

Monster’s ball Theresa May appears to have recognised that the Black and White Ball, the ultra-lavish annual Tory fund-raiser where table places go for up to £1,500 a head, may …

The Diary: John Street

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by John Street

Love for sale Fancy a lunch with Theresa May at the upcoming Conservative Party in Birmingham? it will set you back £3,000 – the price per head under the shindig’s …

The Diary: John Street

Published: September 20, 2016
Written by John Street

Venal Vennells The Post Office’s annual report revealed a surge in the earnings of chief executive Paula Vennells, who is currently presiding over a programme of office closures and mass …

The Diary – John Street

Published: August 10, 2016
Written by John Street

Dystopian Thatcherism The transcript of the ‘mini-saga’ item broadcast on the Today programme on 14 January 1988 which so offended Mrs Thatcher reads: “Thatcherism: The Final Solution, by Vincent Hill …