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Out And About

Published: November 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Last Friday, while trying to enjoy my first drinks party of the season, I was approached by a chap I had met only briefly, once before, while campaigning in the …

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 …

Ireland Eye

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by John Coulter

A large dose of Direct Rule is just the tonic to get the Ulster peace process back on track! Sounds like very bitter medicine to swallow, but it suits Sinn …

A week is …

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Hugh Gault

A strong Prime Minister would have taken the opportunity after the Brexit referendum to bring the parties and the country together to decide on the type of Brexit that would …

The Union Card

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

Buffoonery and horseplay … crude characterisation and ludicrously improbable situations. Does the definition of “farce” put you in mind of anything? But the farce that is this Tory government isn’t …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A close contact (OK, a daughter) asked me after the downfall of Priti Patel: “Is this the worst government ever?” Well, ‘ever’ is a big word, and the tenures of …

As I Please

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

I hope you’ were able to catch Ken Burns’ extraordinary documentary series on the Vietnam War. It was poignant, enraging, ennobling and damning in equal measure, and served as a …

Out Of Africa

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

It is a recurrent riddle why decent people often fail to speak out against injustice that occurs right under their nose; not something, in other words, that involves an intangible …

In Perspective

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Ever since the tsunami of revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room broke into the public domain too many of us have been able to spend time recalling indignities and horror …

Out And About

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

To Let. Double room in shared house. All mod cons; including washing machine, fitted kitchen and garden. 5 minutes walk to the Central Line. £600 per calendar month. No pets. …

Undercurrents

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

The incompetence of this Tory government is so palpable it is almost embarrassing. It’s an incompetence compounded by a heartlessness to those least able to resist. Chaos at the heart …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With at least half the Tory party demanding his head over his attitude to Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond is letting it be known that his upcoming Budget is to be …

Out Of The Cage

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

A young man called Nick came up to me after the recent monthly meeting of Skipton and Ripon Labour Party. He’s a recent history graduate of Leeds University, specialising in …

Agenda Setting

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

There is an air of decay about the current Conservative Party reminiscent of the mid-1990s. Back then, as sleaze allegations were emerging, the Tories were fighting with each other like …

Letter from America

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

As we commemorate the centenary of the Bolshevik seizure of power, it seems timely to consider the concept of parties in politics, not least in the US, where the conservatives …

Brainwaves

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Don’t worry if you think you’ve been seeing little green men and women hopping around the streets of late. It’s (probably) nothing to do with your alcohol intake: it’s more …

John Street’s Diary

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by John Street

Oh gee!?Oh joy! Comic Robert Webb would force all MPs to strip off in the Chamber. He told an interviewer: “Politicians need more humility, so nudity would help them to …

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, …

Cat About The House

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

How do we get more young people involved in politics? This is a question I hear time and time again, and clearly one of many dilemmas facing the Conservative Party …

Prescriptions

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Earlier this year, Sir Robert Naylor, national advisor on National Health Service property and estates, recommended that wasted and unused NHS land and property (“estate”) should be sold to fund …

John Street’s Diary

Published: October 23, 2017
Written by John Street

Too many hands Star of Line of Duty, Keeley Hawes, has joined the hit cop show’s creator, Jed Mercurio, for a new six-part BBC One politi­cal drama called Bodyguard, playing …

The Union Card

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

Gavin Robinson, the DUP MP for East Belfast, didn’t go as far as was trailed by his local media when he asked in parliament whether business secretary Greg Clark had …