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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. …

Out of the cage

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

John Grogan admitted that he expected to be watching the Yorkshire versus Surrey cricket at Headingley last Tuesday, not heading down to Westminster to vote for a Commons Speaker. Few …

Westminster Watch

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

As the newbies and retreads troop into Parliament to be sworn in as MPs, few of them believe that this country has a viable government after Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech …

John Street’s Election Diary

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by John Street

Now it’s all over, we can look back at the most cringe-worthy – but sometimes pertinent – moments of the election campaign. “What is it about the recent 20% opinion …

As I Please

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

The tragedy of voters liking Corbyn Uncut much more than the distorted Jeremy they saw in large parts of the media, and his personal and Labour’s popularity improving after big …

Ireland Eye

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by John Coulter

If the republican movement is to have a meaningful voice in the UK’s Brexit negotiations, it must exorcise the demon of abstentionism from Sinn Fein. Since its formation in 1905, …

Prescriptions

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Two positives came out of the tragedy in Manchester, the bomb attach at the Arena. First, we have been reassured by the outstanding performance of our NHS – meticulous planning, …

Reflections

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

In what has become a sadly familiar sight, recent weeks have seen the streets of Brazil filled with an exasperated citizenry once more. Demonstrations in Brasilia became so violent last …

In Perspective

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Jeremy Corbyn is having a good General Election campaign, Theresa May is not. And hopefully, after his performance on Monday night, we might see much less of Jeremy Paxman, whose …

Out And About

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

At the 2015 general election, 11.3 million people voted for the Tories and 9.3 million voted Labour. And 15.7 million people eligible to vote did not do so. They included …

John Street’s Diary

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by John Street

What is and what should never be Surprise, surprise – the Conservatives received the largest amount of money in the first official week of the general election campaign, followed by …

Out Of Africa

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

Recently I travelled to another country: a dawn flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, then a seven hour drive, dropping rapidly down the escarpment through twisting passes and dramatic gorges. …

Undercurrents

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

It is a truism that we always think our present is the best or the worst, depending on the circumstances – it usually isn’t. This time, however, I really do …