All articles by: John Street

When PFI really is a good solution…

Published: April 17, 2010
Written by John Street

A tale of two manifesto launches: while the Tories were at Battersea Power Station, Labour used a flagship PFI project, the recently completed £585 million University Hospital, Birmingham. Lord Mandelson, …

Prince Charles: promoting woo again

Published: April 11, 2010
Written by John Street

It would be unconstitutional for the heir to the throne to have a say in government policy-making, wouldn’t it? Up to a point. Officials at the Department of Health are …

David camera-off

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by John Street

When Chris Grayling defended the right of B&B owners to discriminate against gay guests, perhaps he was doing no more than following his leader David Cameron who made an embarrassing …

The paradox of Vaz

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by John Street

Friends of Keith Vaz say he enters the election with a “heavy heart”. In his role as a member of Labour’s special selections panel, the MP for Leicester East voted …

Boris Johnson: fool

Published: March 31, 2010
Written by John Street

What is wrong with Boris Johnson? Is he really as mad as he appears? The answer, it seems, is yes. ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman was due to have a …

Fallout from the Nick Griffin interview

Published: March 30, 2010
Written by John Street

Denis MacShane is furious that Iain Dale reckons the BNP can be compared  to the Conservative Party. In an interview with BNP leader “Nasty” Nick Griffin in Total Politics, the …

How to bully the BBC

Published: March 29, 2010
Written by John Street

The BBC has bowed to top-level pressure from the Conservative Party – and Lord Ashcroft’s own lawyers – and dropped a lengthy investigation by Panorama into the party’s billionaire backer …

Throwing out time

Published: March 22, 2010
Written by John Street

Time, gentlemen please. The GMB union is calling time on pub owning companies that charge inflated beer prices and rent to their tied landlords – and then, the union says, …

BoJo and BroJo

Published: March 21, 2010
Written by John Street

Any plans Boris Johnson may have of returning to the House of Commons in the future to challenge David Cameron for the Tory leadership are set to be upstaged at …

Objectively wrong

Published: March 20, 2010
Written by John Street

Angry campaigners are calling on Conservative leader David Cameron to name and shame the Tory MP who killed Andrew Gwynne’s anti-poverty bill. The bill, which would have prevented vulture funds …

Dave’s dodgy pals

Published: March 17, 2010
Written by John Street

Can’t David Cameron get anything right? First he climbs into bed with every swivel-eyed, far-right loony in the European Parliament. Then he ties the knot with the Ulster Unionists whose …

Vote Tory, or the lobbyists get it

Published: March 16, 2010
Written by John Street

According to Ian Hall, editor of lobbying industry magazine Public Affairs News: “Many public affairs consultancies will be left with an enormous amount of egg on their faces if Gordon …

Total(itarian) Politics

Published: March 12, 2010
Written by John Street

When he is not funding the Tory Party, Michael Ashcroft appears willing to grant the oxygen of publicity to Nick Griffin and his odious BNP. Total Politics, the monthly magazine …

Surreal goings-on at the Guardian

Published: March 11, 2010
Written by John Street

The Guardian slipped into the far side in its coverage of Michael Foot’s death. Its main obituary was written by the great man’s biographer Mervyn Jones. Sadly, Mervyn went to …

Selections shenanigans

Published: March 11, 2010
Written by John Street

Something strange is going down in the battle to replace former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon in Ashfield where one candidate is to be picked from an all-women shortlist to defend …

Official: Tory candidates cost you more

Published: March 3, 2010
Written by John Street

Tory Westminster hopeful Angie Bray has made a bit of a bloomer in her attempts to secure the three-way marginal seat of Ealing Central and Acton in west London. Former …

UKIP: pitching for the criminal vote

Published: March 1, 2010
Written by John Street

The UK Independence Party has targeted its natural area of support and is pitching for the criminal vote. Its “specific policies” on rail says: “We will abolish the penalty fares …