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Hope not despair

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ronnie Campbell

Above all else, last week’s Labour party conference – which I was proud to attend – offered one thing after more than seven years of Tory despair. Hope. Hope for …

Westminster Watch

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

There is nothing new in Tory turmoil over Europe – as every party leader since Ted Heath will testify – and this week’s conference shindig in Manchester has only highlighted …

A failed model

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by John McDonnell

After 40 wasted minutes speaking, and seven wasted years of Tory economic failure, the country expected to see Chancellor Philip Hammond change course. Instead, after a year, in the job …

Ireland Eye

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by John Coulter

We’re doomed! The immortal words from the deep celtic accent of Private Frazer from the hit sitcom, Dad’s Army, could well summarise the impending gloom hanging over the Ulster peace …

Prescriptions

Published: September 30, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Since Stephen Hawking delivered a momentous speech to the Royal Society of Medicine condemning the policy-driven underfunding of the National Health Service and moves towards an American-style insurance system, the …

Reflections

Published: September 28, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

Despite comprising the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, the Kurdish people have never had their own nation state throughout their long history. Instead, for centuries they have …

As I Please

Published: September 28, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

It’s about time the whinging Brexit elite accepted responsibility for the dangerous divisions they created and the damage they’re doing to Britain instead of constantly passing the buck. Some of …

Pound Notes

Published: September 28, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

George A Romero died this July, but had the director of The Night of the Living Dead still been with us he would surely have found inspiration for another schlock …

The Union Card

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Len McCluskey

A recent article in The House magazine caught my eye. Tory MP Robert Halfon, the former education minister, was reflecting on the general election outcome. You may remember Halfon as …

Undercurrents

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Joy Johnson

When I worked for ITN during the 1980s I would find sometimes myself throwing questions at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and various Cabinet members – usually in Downing Street – …

Out of the Cage

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Rather in the manner of a mediaeval monarch visiting his vassal lords, Chancellor Philip Hammond is to undertake a tour of cities in the recalcitrant north.

Brexit-bound for the Muddled Middle

Published: September 8, 2017
Written by Michael Hindley

Keir Starmer’s declaration that Labour wants a Brexit transition period has been acclaimed. It might become permanent policy. Indeed, Tom Watson has hinted as much. Carefully drafted, more to avoid …

Out And About

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

I recently interviewed Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury (Labour), the very first MP to come out as gay (in 1983), and David Mundell, Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, for …

Reflections

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

There are many things that we in the West take granted for these days – the right to free speech is among them. So used are we to a free …

Prescriptions

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Theresa May’s promise of “parity of esteem” for mental and physical health, the crisis is not being addressed. It’s getting deeper by the day and appears beyond repair. More than …

In Perspective

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

The flow of migrants to mainland Europe and the UK, whether in or out of the European Union, whether our enfeebled Government lands a soft or hard Brexit (whatever they …

As I Please

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Kevin Maguire

Conservative lies are a backhanded compliment to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, evidence the Tories are worried they’re losing arguments and support. Theresa May’s “challenge” to the Labour leader over student …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Bring back the Saggers to save Stormont! Saggers? What, I hear you say. Is this some secret neo-Masonic cult dreampt up under the Tory/DUP deal? Actually, The Saggers was a …

Pound Notes

Published: July 30, 2017
Written by Stephen Pound

Wandering the empty and echoing halls of the Palace of Westminster and passing the time with the ever-present doorkeepers and security staff, the MP who has remained at the gas …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by John Street

Long road to ruin What a merry band is the Tory Cabinet. Ministers were ordered by Theresa May to keep mum about ministerial discussions. Following several leaks and rival briefings, …

Opposition must oppose

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

One of the puzzles of the Brexit debate is the absence of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Labour leaders go out of their way to explain that they have no differences …

Westminster Watch

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With MPs away for the summer recess, it is time to look back at the many achievements of Theresa May’s government. They make her “strong and stable” mantra look like …