Tribune Blog

Out of Africa

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At first glance you wouldn’t think there could be a scary similarity between Cecil Rhodes, the arch imperialist, and the octopus-like clan that emigrated from India and engineered a bold …

Undercurrents

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

When I worked for ITN during the 1980s I would find sometimes myself throwing questions at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and various Cabinet members – usually in Downing Street – …

Out of the Cage

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Rather in the manner of a mediaeval monarch visiting his vassal lords, Chancellor Philip Hammond is to undertake a tour of cities in the recalcitrant north.

Letter from America

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

September 2 is Vietnam’s National Day, to commemorate when Ho Chi Minh declared independence from France in 1945.

John Street’s Diary

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by John Street

MPs have enjoyed free activities from Wimbledon to Glastonbury, according to their latest register of interests.

Agenda setting

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

Without a Labour leadership contest to occupy the minds of the ­chattering classes, July and August ­returned to the traditional “silly season”. That was only to be expected, but this …

Cat about the House

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

In the last few weeks we have seen young people on the pages of our newspapers in good news stories. It’s the annual feature of young people clutching envelopes and …

Out And About

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

I recently interviewed Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury (Labour), the very first MP to come out as gay (in 1983), and David Mundell, Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, for …

Reflections

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

There are many things that we in the West take granted for these days – the right to free speech is among them. So used are we to a free …

Prescriptions

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Theresa May’s promise of “parity of esteem” for mental and physical health, the crisis is not being addressed. It’s getting deeper by the day and appears beyond repair. More than …

In Perspective

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

The flow of migrants to mainland Europe and the UK, whether in or out of the European Union, whether our enfeebled Government lands a soft or hard Brexit (whatever they …

As I Please

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

Conservative lies are a backhanded compliment to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, evidence the Tories are worried they’re losing arguments and support. Theresa May’s “challenge” to the Labour leader over student …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Bring back the Saggers to save Stormont! Saggers? What, I hear you say. Is this some secret neo-Masonic cult dreampt up under the Tory/DUP deal? Actually, The Saggers was a …

Pound Notes

Published: July 30, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Wandering the empty and echoing halls of the Palace of Westminster and passing the time with the ever-present doorkeepers and security staff, the MP who has remained at the gas …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by John Street

Long road to ruin What a merry band is the Tory Cabinet. Ministers were ordered by Theresa May to keep mum about ministerial discussions. Following several leaks and rival briefings, …

Opposition must oppose

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

One of the puzzles of the Brexit debate is the absence of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Labour leaders go out of their way to explain that they have no differences …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With MPs away for the summer recess, it is time to look back at the many achievements of Theresa May’s government. They make her “strong and stable” mantra look like …

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 …