All articles by: Stephen Pound

Pound Notes

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Return to your constituencies and prepare for government” was David Steel’s rallying cry – or squeak – in 1981 and is often cited as the prime example of hubris. There …

Pound Notes

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

St James’ Park has not yet been named the Mike Ashleydrome and for this we must be grateful. As home to Newcastle United it has cast a spell on many, …

Pound Notes

Published: September 28, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

George A Romero died this July, but had the director of The Night of the Living Dead still been with us he would surely have found inspiration for another schlock …

Pound Notes

Published: July 30, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Wandering the empty and echoing halls of the Palace of Westminster and passing the time with the ever-present doorkeepers and security staff, the MP who has remained at the gas …

Pound Notes

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

When I first visited Grenfell Tower after the horrific, murderous and entirely avoidable fire that has killed so many innocents I was struck by the fact that green trees and …

Pound Notes

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

I’ll freely confess to not being one of Theresa May’s greatest admirers, but the dislike was political and not personal. All changed when she sprang the panic election on us …

Pound Notes

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

The March 22 murders in Westminster have been described as an attack on democracy and an assault on our constitution but I think that this is wildly over the top …

Pound Notes

Published: March 14, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

If travel broadens the mind then labour activism certainly takes you to parts of the world you may not have previously had at the top of your list of fun …

Pound Notes

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

There are so many subjects on which I would rather be boring the reader than the toe curling, butt clenching, tooth grind­ing horror of the so-called Brexit situation but this …

Pound Notes

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

There is something especially poignant about Advent in the freezing temperature of the South Caucasus on the border between the Russian Federation and Georgia, but there wasn’t much anticipation of …

Stephen Pound: Pound Notes

Published: December 5, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Maybe if you were there for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement you would have seen something that I missed. Maybe you wouldn’t have seen a feeble, bloodless etiolated rake thin stand-in …

Pound Notes

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Whenever I turn my face to the wall and weep silently for the tragic state of politics in the UK I am marginally consoled by the reality that however chaotic …

Pound Notes

Published: October 9, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Keith Waterhouse once suggested that anyone who felt his (sic) faith in the Labour Party waning should make sure that they attended conference as they would most assuredly be inspired, …

Pound Notes: Stephen Pound

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Standing in line waiting to board the EasyJet flight to Gatwick I was feeling completely powerless and only the hands on the clock seemed to be moving, so I felt …

Pound Notes – Stephen Pound

Published: July 26, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

I’m never sure if anyone ever reads these ramblings and musings but if they do they will not need to be the most forensically skilled Kremlinologist to discern that I …

Pound Notes – Stephen Pound

Published: July 2, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

I write these words with a feeling of great sadness and a sense of terrible foreboding. Having just come from St Margaret’s Westminster where the memorial service for Jo Cox …

Pound Notes – Stepehn Pound

Published: May 27, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Imagine, if you can, my sheer delight when I was invited to attend the inauguration – at no cost to the UK taxpayer! – of Dr Tsai Ing-wen as the …

Pound Notes – Stephen Pound

Published: April 30, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

Belmarsh and Dartmoor to Wormwood Scrubs but Whitemoor was a new one to me when I made my way to March via Peterborough this month.

Pound Notes – Stephen Pound

Published: March 6, 2016
Written by Stephen Pound

When you say that the Shannon is a majestic untamed force of nature sweeping across the island of Ireland, you might be forgiven for assuming that the reference is to …