All articles by: Paul Routledge

Out of the Cage

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Rather in the manner of a mediaeval monarch visiting his vassal lords, Chancellor Philip Hammond is to undertake a tour of cities in the recalcitrant north.

Books: Journeys through contradictions

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Fergusson Bantam Press £20 The Battle For British Islam by Sarah Khan Saqi £14.99 Two random news items from recent …

Out Of The Cage

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

It was more than three decades ago, but sometimes just feels like yesterday. The miners’ strike was the biggest thing in the lives of a generation of workers and their …

Books: Nightmare of an occupation

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

The Single Soldier by George Costigan Urbane Publications £8.99 We have no modern experience of occupation. It’s almost a thousand years since William the Conqueror led the last successful invading …

Out of the cage

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

John Grogan admitted that he expected to be watching the Yorkshire versus Surrey cricket at Headingley last Tuesday, not heading down to Westminster to vote for a Commons Speaker. Few …

Books: Balkan explorations

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Border:?A?Journey To The Edge Of Europe by Kapka Kassabova Granta £14.99 The Balkans are a trap. Once in, there is no escape. Armies from Ottoman janissaries to the Wermacht found …

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 …