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Gordon goes GaGa

Published: April 14, 2010
Written by Cary Gee

You know there’s an election on when a frankly unhip prime minister (was there ever any other kind?) gives a considered response to the question ‘Who do you prefer, Madonna …

How to win the debates

Published: April 13, 2010
Written by Chris McLaughlin

BBC2 had an interesting programme last night on how to win the leaders’ debates, which kick off with the duel on ITV1 this Thursday. It’s available on the iPlayer here …

Legal aid and the expenses affair

Published: April 13, 2010
Written by Bernard Purcell

Gordon Brown and David Cameron are playing election politics with the criminal trials of politicians accused of fiddling their expenses. They may be subject to justifiable public opprobrium but they, …

Polish Tragedy

Published: April 13, 2010
Written by electionblog

Bassam Mahfouz joined by Steve Pound MP reading a statement from David Milliband alongside Ann Keen MP and Wiktor Moszczynski In General Elections, there are some moments you cry, others …

Prince Charles: promoting woo again

Published: April 11, 2010
Written by John Street

It would be unconstitutional for the heir to the throne to have a say in government policy-making, wouldn’t it? Up to a point. Officials at the Department of Health are …

David camera-off

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by John Street

When Chris Grayling defended the right of B&B owners to discriminate against gay guests, perhaps he was doing no more than following his leader David Cameron who made an embarrassing …

The shrine down the hall

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by Chris McLaughlin

Wonderful feature from the New York Times – a photo collection of the family bedrooms of fallen US soldiers. If you don’t take a look at these heart-rending images, you’re …

The paradox of Vaz

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by John Street

Friends of Keith Vaz say he enters the election with a “heavy heart”. In his role as a member of Labour’s special selections panel, the MP for Leicester East voted …

In this week’s magazine

Published: April 9, 2010
Written by Chris McLaughlin

This week’s Tribune, on sale from Today in selected branches of WHSmith, and available by subscription features the latest from the election trail and an in-depth investigation of what happens …

Tribune: first with the news and views

Published: April 5, 2010
Written by Stephen Kelly

‘Someone, somewhere needs to take action and, if the footballing authorities won’t, then perhaps politicians should take a lead. How about a manifesto commitment to sort out football’s lunacy?’ Stephen …

Stoking the fire

Published: April 4, 2010
Written by Mike Ion

Mark Seddon is a man I respect and admire but his assertion in last week’s Guardian that the selection of Tristram Hunt as Labour’s candidate for Stoke Central has gifted …

Don’t go back to the Eighties, Gordon!

Published: April 3, 2010
Written by Chris McLaughlin

So Labour’s collective campaign genius has launched a poster campaign depicting David Cameron as Gene Hunt, the character from Ashes to Ashes, saying Don’t Take Britain Back to the Eighties. …

Boris Johnson: fool

Published: March 31, 2010
Written by John Street

What is wrong with Boris Johnson? Is he really as mad as he appears? The answer, it seems, is yes. ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman was due to have a …