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Out Of Africa

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

Another fire flared on the mountain behind us last Friday. Luckily it died down quickly because much of the bush-covered slope had already burned the previous weekend. That was nothing, …

Undercurrents

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

We have a government in chaos; a Prime Minister giving all the impression of being spooked from making her big decision on Article 50 by Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on a …

Letter From America

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

As Galileo said after recanting the heretical idea that Earth revolved around the Sun, “It still moves”. And across the UN, people will say, “It is still Apartheid” since the …

Westminster Watch

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

We have had “omnishambles” Budgets before – George Osborne’s pasty tax package springs to mind. And Gordon Brown’s pension uprating blunder. But nothing compares to this. Chancellor Philip Hammond’s ‘tax …

Out of the cage

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Stoke on Trent turned out to be a much better by-election result than expected. Despite some internal rumblings in the constituency party, Labour’s Gareth Snell convincingly beat off the challenge …

Brainwaves

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Sometimes, standing at the bus stop, I seriously consider stuffing my hand in my coat pocket, snatching my wallet and running off with it. I can afford it, I think …

John Street’s Diary

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by John Street

Bad news comes to town Former Chancellor and soon-to-be-newspaper-editor George Osborne has been busy on the lucrative speaker’s tour since being sacked, and has picked up a nice big earner …

Reflections

Published: March 15, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

With the ill-fated attempted coup of 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had the excuse he needed to exert further control over the Turkish state. He started with a crackdown on …

As I Please

Published: March 15, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

Labour resembles the relaunched Top Gear on the BBC, stuck in reverse with plunging ratings as viewers switch off despite the new presenters squealing the cars are shinier and faster …

Ireland Eye

Published: March 14, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Compassion, not taunting, must be the ethos of the Irish talks process leading to a new, stronger Ulster agreement and the return of the Stormont institutions. The Assembly poll which …

Prescriptions

Published: March 14, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Social care in England is totally broken, gasping in intensive care. Councils have made substantial productivity gains for two decades, and six years of austerity has seen the spending power …

Pound Notes

Published: March 14, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

If travel broadens the mind then labour activism certainly takes you to parts of the world you may not have previously had at the top of your list of fun …

Cat About The House

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

What do we need to have a strong democracy? Free and fair elections would be an essential component, but we also need the active participation of citizens in politics and …

The Union Card

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

Arriving at the Oxford Bus picket line on Monday I was hit by a wall of sound, as passing car drivers – many of whom would usually use the city’s …

Westminster Watch

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Behind the bluff and bluster of Philip Hammond’s Budget, one report illus­trated the reality of life not for the really poor, nor for the super-rich who have benefited the most …

Out And About

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Three years ago the owner of the Totalitarian Art Gallery in Amsterdam escaped punishment by the courts after being found ‘guilty’ of selling several copies of Mein Kampf. Even though …

John Street’s Diary

Published: March 11, 2017
Written by John Street

Jack of all trades A haul of secret documents obtained by Channel 4 News has revealed the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Nick Timothy played a central role in a …

John Street’s Diary

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by John Street

The winner takes it all The first list in the Labour Research Department’s new reporting season on the latest pay packages given to top executives at stock exchange-quoted companies covers …

Brainwaves

Published: February 27, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

Some months ago, I undertook to offer the well-heeled Tribune reader a regular selection of sound investment tips. My debut venture into financial guidance was a huge success. You may …

Letter From America

Published: February 27, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

We can disrespect Donald all we like, but we can’t afford to be dis­missive. In the world of the Donald, dystopias rule. George Orwell’s 1984 shot back to the top …

Time to respect the vote for Brexit

Published: February 26, 2017
Written by Tribune Editorial

This could well be a collector’s edition – the first time Tribune has agreed with anything Boris Johnson has ever uttered: “I urge the British people to rise up and …