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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 …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

After months of summer recess and the party conference season, during which Theresa May’s woes and Tory infighting over Brexit have snatched the headlines, MPs are finally getting to grips …

Out Of Africa

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Tribune web editor

As the bemused peasant Ovsyanikov says to himself in Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Notebook (1852), “It’s a strange thing when the old order passes and there’s no new one to take …

Letter From America

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

Between Darth Vader imitators brutalizing Catalans and Donald Trump at the UN, sovereignty is in the air, and not just in Catalonia. Donald Trump made “sovereignty” a theme of his …

Agenda Setting

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

There is a beautiful line in the seminal 1995 film The Shawshank Redemption when Andy Dufresne tells fellow inmate ‘Red’ Redding: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of …

As I Please

Published: October 9, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

The times are so much in flux it’s nearly impossible to hit upon a precise parallel for Boris Johnson’s current behaviour. It’s tempting to see it simply as a perpetuation …

Brainwaves

Published: October 9, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Imagine a large hall, full to the brim with a nicely diverse selection of humanity. Their attire is smart-casual, their button badges are approved and they occasionally sip water from …

John Street’s Diary

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by John Street

I’ve got mine Eye-watering sums are still being paid to executive directors, according to the Labour Research Department’s latest analysis of company remuneration reports. Thirty executives from 16 companies that …

Education fresh air

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Graham Lane

Labour seems to have discovered in Angela Rayner someone who under­stands that Education has to deliver key skills together with lifelong learning and that implementing these policies in government will …

Hope not despair

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ronnie Campbell

Above all else, last week’s Labour party conference – which I was proud to attend – offered one thing after more than seven years of Tory despair. Hope. Hope for …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

There is nothing new in Tory turmoil over Europe – as every party leader since Ted Heath will testify – and this week’s conference shindig in Manchester has only highlighted …

A failed model

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by John McDonnell

After 40 wasted minutes speaking, and seven wasted years of Tory economic failure, the country expected to see Chancellor Philip Hammond change course. Instead, after a year, in the job …

Ireland Eye

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by John Coulter

We’re doomed! The immortal words from the deep celtic accent of Private Frazer from the hit sitcom, Dad’s Army, could well summarise the impending gloom hanging over the Ulster peace …