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John Street’s Diary

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by John Street

­­­The secrets that you keep The annual release of sensitive official files threw up such gems as Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to share a flight to Washington with a panda. Still …

Out And About

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Jeremy Corbyn’s success in the general election was not just a triumph for all those who believe in a fairer society, it was, above all, a triumph for authenticty. At …

Media Watch

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

If there is one tabloid editor who is the left’s Press Enemy Number One it is surely Paul Dacre, who has just celebrated 25 years as editor of the Daily …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by John Street

Supermassive black hole Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, left reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and asked if his son was still foreign secretary. He was …

Prescriptions

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and bringing together family and friends to share this merriment. While taking nothing away from this much needed festivity, spare a thought for …

Reflections

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

On December 6, Donald Trump once again sent shockwaves throughout the international community. This time, it was about his highly controversial – and near-sighted – decision to recognise Jerusalem as …

Cat About The House

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

As we approach the end of 2017 it’s an opportunity to look back at the events which made for an eventful political year. To think back twelve months and remember …

Pound Notes

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

It was late July in 1963 and I – a fifteen year old schoolboy – was sitting with Christine Keeler in a café over from the Old Bailey chatting with …

Ireland Eye

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Ireland may about to be hit by a disaster similar to the 19th century one which forced tens of thousands to flee the island – only this time instead of …

The Union Card

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

Preparing a speech to mark the 45 years since the release of the Pentonville Five, I was struck by what the case of the dockers imprisoned in the cause of …

Westminster Watch

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Perhaps the most damning verdict of the year on Theresa May’s administration came in Alan Milburn’s resignation letter when standing down as head of the Social Mobility Commission because there …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 12, 2017
Written by John Street

I’ll be your mirror Theresa May’s policy chief is standing down to concentrate on boosting the Conservative Party’s campaigning strength and “appeal to younger voters”. George Freeman said the party …

Out Of Africa

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At first the air-mail letters from what was then Rhodesia were peppered with mentions of “Good ol’ Smithy”. A few years after independence, when nothing had yet disturbed the spoiled …

As I Please

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

Any diagnosticians of the ailments besetting nations and their cultures will have been alarmed by the latest symptom of our terminal national decline, which is the loss of our short …

In Perspective

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Towns, and their future, have risen up the political agenda, and about time too. From Wick in the north of Scotland to Truro in the south of England, on the …

Agenda Setting

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

How much longer can this wretched Tory Government possibly last? It looks like the Chancellor’s lame jokes and contrived cadence at the despatch box during last week’s Budget statement may …

Letter From America

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

There is a basic contradiction at the heart of the international system. Lofty universal values imbue the preamble to the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and many …

Undercurrents

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

Under the Tories economic stagnation became political chaos – and Corbyn’s Labour relit a spark of socialist hope after a decades-long gloom. 2017 will go down as a turning point …

Brainwaves

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

I was grateful to Theresa May last week. My world seemed full of people stating the bleeding obvious. At least our great leader broke this mould. The bleeding-obvious-stating began with …

Westminster Watch

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Few issues are raised more times in Parliament than the ongoing social care crisis. According to the Hansard number-crunchers, between 1997 and 2007 it was mentioned 5,500 times, and between …

Out Of The Cage

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

The people of Doncaster and Barnsley voted almost 70% “Leave” in the European referendum last year, despite their MPs strongly urging “Remain.” But they returned to the fold – if …

John Street’s Diary

Published: November 26, 2017
Written by John Street

Find me a primitive man Mike Smithson, editor of PoliticalBetting.com, blogged: “The Westminster harassment allegations have led to a shake up in the Betfair exchange nextCONleader betting with several new …