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Agenda Setting

Published: July 19, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

Tony Benn said “democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world” and he was right. It is hardly surprising, then, that anyone who advocates democracy, where it is limited …

As I Please

Published: July 18, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

There’s a very famous book by the literary critic Professor Sir Christopher Ricks called Keats and Embarrassment which, embarrassingly but inevitably for a one-time student of English Literature, I’ve never …

Undercurrents

Published: July 18, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

Have you seen that cinema advert that shows us how we could make our life even easier if we went cashless? The run up for a movie to start is …

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 …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

There is a battle royale going on within the Parliamentary Conservative party. The killing zone, however, is largely outwith the public eye – with Tories competing for the chairs of …

Out Of Africa

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

A foreign family has bought South Africa. They run it as a family concern, instructing the President which Ministers to hire or fire. Originally from India, most of the Guptas …

Brainwaves

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

It amazes me at times how out of step the world is with me. There are things I think are so obvious that they don’t need to be considered, never …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by John Street

Shadow on the sun Brexit minister Steve Baker has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws, leading the Unite general union to demand that Theresa May’s government now provides “cast-iron …

Reflections

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

Since 1949, China’s Communist Party has maintained that there is only one China – a dogma it aptly calls the One China policy. It therefore sees Taiwan, or the Republic …

As I Please

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

The upside of Theresa May shaking her magic money tree is that the Tory leader proved austerity was never an economic necessity and always a Tory political choice. Purchasing with …

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 …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The eventual, inevitable downfall of Theresa May could well prove to have been triggered by post-election reports from Tory constituencies whose incumbents either lost or only narrowly survived. A good …

Out And About

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Without Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Labour would have won the election outright. Absolute rubbish. As hypotheses go, this one, forwarded by a number of senior Labour figures in the immediate …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by John Street

Do you think it’s alright? The Grenfell Tower disaster has exposed the corrupt heart of private capital in “social” housing. It has also exposed, if more evidence is needed, the …

Prescriptions

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

As part of the Five Year Forward View (5YFV), a wide-ranging strategy for the NHS in England, every health and care system in the country has been asked to create …

In Perspective

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

It’s a simple question. There should be a simple answer. The question is this. Why is trades union membership declining so sharply? The figures are startling. Last year unions lost …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by John Coulter

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn should take careful note of the DUP/Tory body language during the signing of the supposedly historic £1 billion deal which keeps Theresa May’s minority …

Brainwaves

Published: June 19, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Ruddy Tories. I’d counted on them trouncing us so I could get my new job and move house. And they’ve let me down. I was confident the Blues would sweep …

John Street’s Diary

Published: June 19, 2017
Written by John Street

Street fighting man No-one can now question Jeremy Corbyn’s stamina. The 68-year-old has met and addressed over a hundred thousand people at campaign events. While Theresa May’s campaign was defined …

As I Please

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

In the wholesale slaughter of political wisdom last week, unnoticed amidst the piles of wiseacre corpses of pollsters and the wider commentariat, lay a particularly welcome casualty. It was that …

Letter From America

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

Maybe the so-called Special Relationship gets extra spirit from the Tory “understanding” with the DUP. In both Washington and London, the purported leaders of their countries do not have a …

Out Of Africa

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At home I have a 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note pinned to the fridge door. Rather like the insanely hyper-inflated mark during the Weimar Republic, this pastel blue banknote would …

Undercurrents

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

Theresa May, as Prime Minister, has done what so many politicians have done in the past – believed her own propaganda and the assurances of yes people that surrounded her. …