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Reflections

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

On December 6, Donald Trump once again sent shockwaves throughout the international community. This time, it was about his highly controversial – and near-sighted – decision to recognise Jerusalem as …

Cat About The House

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Cat Smith

As we approach the end of 2017 it’s an opportunity to look back at the events which made for an eventful political year. To think back twelve months and remember …

Pound Notes

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

It was late July in 1963 and I – a fifteen year old schoolboy – was sitting with Christine Keeler in a café over from the Old Bailey chatting with …

Ireland Eye

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Ireland may about to be hit by a disaster similar to the 19th century one which forced tens of thousands to flee the island – only this time instead of …

The Union Card

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

Preparing a speech to mark the 45 years since the release of the Pentonville Five, I was struck by what the case of the dockers imprisoned in the cause of …

Westminster Watch

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Perhaps the most damning verdict of the year on Theresa May’s administration came in Alan Milburn’s resignation letter when standing down as head of the Social Mobility Commission because there …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 12, 2017
Written by John Street

I’ll be your mirror Theresa May’s policy chief is standing down to concentrate on boosting the Conservative Party’s campaigning strength and “appeal to younger voters”. George Freeman said the party …

Out Of Africa

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At first the air-mail letters from what was then Rhodesia were peppered with mentions of “Good ol’ Smithy”. A few years after independence, when nothing had yet disturbed the spoiled …

As I Please

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Martin Rowson

Any diagnosticians of the ailments besetting nations and their cultures will have been alarmed by the latest symptom of our terminal national decline, which is the loss of our short …

In Perspective

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Towns, and their future, have risen up the political agenda, and about time too. From Wick in the north of Scotland to Truro in the south of England, on the …

Agenda Setting

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Chris Williamson

How much longer can this wretched Tory Government possibly last? It looks like the Chancellor’s lame jokes and contrived cadence at the despatch box during last week’s Budget statement may …

Letter From America

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

There is a basic contradiction at the heart of the international system. Lofty universal values imbue the preamble to the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and many …

Undercurrents

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

Under the Tories economic stagnation became political chaos – and Corbyn’s Labour relit a spark of socialist hope after a decades-long gloom. 2017 will go down as a turning point …

Brainwaves

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

I was grateful to Theresa May last week. My world seemed full of people stating the bleeding obvious. At least our great leader broke this mould. The bleeding-obvious-stating began with …

Westminster Watch

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Few issues are raised more times in Parliament than the ongoing social care crisis. According to the Hansard number-crunchers, between 1997 and 2007 it was mentioned 5,500 times, and between …

Out Of The Cage

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

The people of Doncaster and Barnsley voted almost 70% “Leave” in the European referendum last year, despite their MPs strongly urging “Remain.” But they returned to the fold – if …

Merkel seeks salvation

Published: December 1, 2017
Written by Tribune Editorial

There was something predictable about the collapse of efforts to stitch together a compromise to save the flailing German governing administration. At least that’s the view of a great number …

John Street’s Diary

Published: November 26, 2017
Written by John Street

Find me a primitive man Mike Smithson, editor of PoliticalBetting.com, blogged: “The Westminster harassment allegations have led to a shake up in the Betfair exchange nextCONleader betting with several new …

Reflections

Published: November 26, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Iran have been embroiled in an ongoing battle for hegemony within the Middle East. Now, tensions have once again escalated with the unexpected resignation of …

Prescriptions

Published: November 26, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

In its 1948 constitution, the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health in its broader sense as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence …

Out And About

Published: November 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Last Friday, while trying to enjoy my first drinks party of the season, I was approached by a chap I had met only briefly, once before, while campaigning in the …

Pound Notes

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Return to your constituencies and prepare for government” was David Steel’s rallying cry – or squeak – in 1981 and is often cited as the prime example of hubris. There …

Ireland Eye

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by John Coulter

A large dose of Direct Rule is just the tonic to get the Ulster peace process back on track! Sounds like very bitter medicine to swallow, but it suits Sinn …