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Brainwaves

Published: March 13, 2018
Written by Chris Proctor

Do you think there’s such a thing as a good Russian? One or two, I suppose, but only ones on the brink of expiring or actually in a coffin. Generally …

John Street’s Diary

Published: March 12, 2018
Written by John Street

The author of a controversial book about the Trump administration called Tony Blair an “complete liar” for denying he was trying to get a job with the White House. In …

Ireland Eye

Published: March 9, 2018
Written by John Coulter

The first potential, tentative steps in forming a future Labour/Democratic Unionist coalition in the House of Commons were taken this week in Brussels. Following a no-punches-pulled, face-to-face meeting between the …

Ireland Eye

Published: March 1, 2018
Written by John Coulter

With a stroke of tactical genius, Jeremy Corbyn may have single-handedly solved both the impasse over Brexit and the Irish peace process. The Labour leader has suggested the creation of …

Lawyers, Lorry Drivers and Brexit

Published: February 28, 2018
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Our laws and the many ways we feed and supply ourselves are now so complicated that Brexit, as envisaged by Brexiteers, simply cannot be achieved. The people who seem to …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 15, 2018
Written by John Coulter

Unionist hawks within Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionists have won the day over Sinn Fein’s demand for an Irish Language Act – but the price is to bring Northern Ireland back …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by John Coulter

Can a St Valentine’s Day Agreement be signed to get the collapsed Stormont power-sharing Executive up and running again after more than a year’s stalemate? That’s the key question which …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by John Coulter

It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and the stalled Northern Ireland peace process will either witness a political ‘love-in’ and a return to a devolved Stormont Executive, or a political massacre, …

John Street’s Diary

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by John Street

The GMB general union has demanded a workers’ voice on the Food and Drink Council to prevent it becoming an exclusive talking shop for big business, says the GMB. The …

Obituary: Edward Pearce

Published: February 10, 2018
Written by Tribune web editor

Edward Pearce March 28 1939-February 9 2018 We were saddened to hear of the loss of our colleague and valued contributor Edward Pearce, who died on Friday after a short …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by John Coulter

As Gerry Adams steps down this weekend as party president of Sinn Fein – a post he has held for more than 30 years – the crucial question of his …

Democracy Watch

Published: February 8, 2018
Written by Henry Tam

The UK Government has announced that it will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act by establishing a National Democracy Week. Yet Conservative-led governments have, since …

Brainwaves

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Chris Proctor

One of the few times I appreciate and enjoy politicians is when they are caught with their trousers round their ankles. It is a charming and droll experience to discover …

John Street’s Diary

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by John Street

Run Runaway Kezia Dugdale received a fee of £70,000 for her recent appearance on I’m a Celebrity. The former Scottish Labour leader also declared between £10,000 and £15,000 worth of …

Out Of Africa

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Bryan Rostron

For those in power some inclinations twirl around like a carousel. My New Year reading concerns a rural President utterly ill-equipped to oversee a modern economy and whose rackety administration …

In Perspective

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Catherine Macleod

How ill it becomes Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, to take a swipe at the health service in England when she apologises “unreservedly” for the failures in the health service …

Out And About

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

It’s lucky Jesus didn’t have the misfortune to be born in Windsor. If he had, then as a traveller, whose (unmarried) parents found themselves temporarily homeless and seeking shelter where …

Agenda Setting

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Chris Williamson

The Conservative Party is behaving as if it has discovered a new magic money tree growing in the coffers of local authorities? But truth is it’s just another Tory deception. …

The Brexit Paradox

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Denis MacShane

While the British people wait for Prime Minister Theresa May to spell out exactly what the future holds for them once Britain’s economy is outside the single market and customs …

Out Of The Cage

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Paul Routledge

Fake news” was the Collins Dictionary Word of the Year for 2017, though as pedants point out, it’s actually two. Use of the phrase increased by 365% in the twelve-months, …

Westminster Watch

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s much-heralded cabinet reshuffle swiftly turned into a meta­phor for her administration. Following last year’s disastrous general election, the role of Tory chairman was seen as pivotal. The Conservative …