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Out Of Africa

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

Recently I travelled to another country: a dawn flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, then a seven hour drive, dropping rapidly down the escarpment through twisting passes and dramatic gorges. …

Undercurrents

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

It is a truism that we always think our present is the best or the worst, depending on the circumstances – it usually isn’t. This time, however, I really do …

Agenda Setting

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

Young people can change the course of history on 8 June, just as my parents’ generation did, in 1945 when they were young. It was young people who had everything …

Letter From America

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

George W Bush once complained that he was “misunderestimated.” You can almost sympathize. Donald Trump has made Bush Jnr seem a towering giant among commanders-in-chief. Yes, like Trump, Bush was …

As I Please

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

Last week you may have noticed that the Tory Press – that bastion of Free Expression which empowers avaricious psychopaths to pay their lickspittles to write lies about the people …

Brainwaves

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

If Owen Smith had won the leadership of the Labour Party last year, this general election would have been a shoo-in for the Reds. No doubt about it. This dynamic …

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 …

As I Please

Published: May 11, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

Theresa May’s grubby snap election, the one she vowed never to hold because it would be bad for Britain, reminds me of a drink with Robin Cook. The then Foreign …

Reflections

Published: May 11, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

In a very small victory in the seemingly endless struggle of the Yazidis, a group of some 36 individuals were freed by Iraqi forces on 30 May after three years …

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 …

Out And About

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

If Labour wins the general election it has promised to introduce a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for people who rent their homes. Private landlords would not only require a licence for …

Ireland Eye

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by John Coulter

What a shambles! Next year I clock up 40 years in Irish journalism, yet never have I witnessed a bigger political mess on the Emerald Isle – and, ironically, democratic …

Prescriptions

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

The public sees the NHS as one of the top issues in this election campaign, as it did in the 2015 election. But will it be a decisive issue? Pessimism …

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 …

In Perspective

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

In a packed hall in Cambridge last week Harriet Harman, Labour politician, feminist, wife, mother and friend to many delivered a master class on the virtues of political principles, and …

Westminster Watch

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A survey in a Sunday newspaper which is not required reading among Tribune readers compared the party leaders to dogs: predictably, Jeremy Corbyn was a scruffy stray, and Tim Farron …

Letter From America

Published: April 30, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

There is a spectre haunting the world’s left. It is the ghost of the Comintern. Over sixty years since Nikita Khrushchev blew the whistle on the “workers’ state,” and a …

Agenda Setting

Published: April 25, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

Everyone in Britain who believes in progressive politics and social justice would agree that this Conservative Government is failing. But even by its own standards, the modern Conservative Party is …

Media Watch

Published: April 25, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

So, if we put to one side Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s claim that the entire chemical attack on Kheir Shakhoun in his country’s Idlib province was faked, who do we …

Out Of Africa

Published: April 23, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

How sleazy does a rich client have to be for Bell Pottinger, the London-based image makers (or PR fakers), to fire them? The toxicity level must be positively stratospheric as …

As I Please

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

We’re coming up to the 20th anniversary of Labour’s election victory of May 1997, even if many party members now seem to think that Tony Blair’s routing of John Major’s …

Westminster Watch

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The current stramash over the ‘chumocracy’ that held sway during David Cameron’s premiership should surprise few people. After all, the House of Lords is currently bloated by cronies who enjoyed …

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 …