All articles by: Paul Routledge

Books: Shame of our colonial past

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

White Highlands by John McGhie Little Brown £14.99 On 6 June 2013, Foreign Secretary William Hague rose in the Commons to announce a compensation package for victims of Britain’s colonial …

Out Of The Cage

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Leave personal vanity at the door of the social club in the city suburbs. This is the real gig economy. You don’t get paid, and you can get a lot …

Out of the cage

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Stoke on Trent turned out to be a much better by-election result than expected. Despite some internal rumblings in the constituency party, Labour’s Gareth Snell convincingly beat off the challenge …

Out Of The Cage

Published: February 25, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

The summons was clear. I was to present myself for intervew at 8 30pm, when members of the committee would scrutinise my application. If it was deemed acceptable, I would …

Out Of The Cage

Published: January 30, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

King Brexit I, more unpopularly known as David Davis, has called his loyal barons, or directly-elected metropolitan mayors, in the North of England to a council of war. The gathering …

Paul Routledge: Out Of The Cage

Published: December 19, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Baldilocks Paul Nuttall, the mouth of Merseyside, has promised to go after Labour votes in Northern England following his election as the leader of Ukip in succession to Nigel Farage. …

Out Of The Cage: Paul Routledge

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Amber Rudd was a public schoolgirl at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, learning how to conduct herself in polite society, when thousands of striking miners gathered in south Yorkshire to picket Orgreave …

Books: A sermon from Mr Ed

Published: November 8, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Speaking Out:?Lessons In Life And Politics by Ed Balls Hutchinson £20 In the 2005 Labour leadership election, after Gordon Brown’s defeat, I voted Ed#1 and Ed#2, and nothing for anybody …

Out Of The Cage

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Sporting a new haircut and a more confident style, Jeremy Corbyn came back to Batley for the by-election that nobody ever wanted. It was his second visit. The first took …

Out of the cage: Paul Routledge

Published: September 26, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

While awaiting the beatification of St Jeremy the Wise, for which Liverpool cathedral (either of them) would be more appropriate that the soulless conference centre, I looked up his entry …

Out Of The Cage – Paul Routledge

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Owen Smith came up to Sheffield to reinvent the wheel. In this case, the Ministry of Labour, abolished by Harold Wilson in 1968. He renamed it the Department of Employment …

Epitaph for a forgotten hero

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Foley:?The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews by Michael Smith Biteback £10.99 From his modest office at the British Passport Control centre in Tiergatrenstrasse 17 in Berlin during the 1930s, Frank …

An ideal man for troubled times

Published: July 14, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Harold Wilson:?The Unprincipled Prime Minister? ed Andrew Crines and Kevin Hickson Biteback £20 Like novelists, politicians come into and out of fashion. Most of them, anyway. Some just get completely …

Out Of The Cage – Paul Routledge

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Everybody and his dog seems to be having a go, so I might as well join in. After much thought and consultation with colleagues, I have decided to stand for …

Out of the Cage – Paul Routledge

Published: June 12, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

I had never heard of Stephen Gibson, and I imagine neither had most people, until he appeared on the Today ­programme to bewail the modest profits of Royal Mail.

Out of the Cage – Paul Routledge

Published: May 14, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

My political virginity remains intact. In a second attempt to win Aire Valley and Lothersdale, electorate 2,879, for Labour, I was soundly beaten by the incumbent Tory. Again