Promises, promises on the campaign trail

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Tribune web editor

A Labour government would suspend the planned closures of hospital services across England, saying that the national initiative – involving 44 local plans – has lost credibility and needs reviewing. …

Weakness and instability

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by James Cusick

The Prime Minister refused to take part in a television debate in the general election campaign, before conceding an appearance on BBC 1’s Question Time. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn …

Monsieur Flashball and friends

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

The museum was crowded. A special invitation just before the final French Presidential vote brought us all there: come in for free before or after you’ve been to the polling …

Cheating, fix and a carload of VW trouble

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Louise Ellman

In September 2015, the American non-governmental organisation the International Council on Clean Transportation discovered that Volkswagen had been cheating on emissions tests around the world. The purpose of such tests …

Focus on bellwether Brighton and Hove

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Trevor Hopper

When I joined the Labour Party in 1978, it was through a leaflet distributed in Churchill Square Brighton by Hove Young Socialists. And back then “Hove Young Socialists” sounded more …

Figures that show a democratic defecit

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by Desmond Cohen

So, we have yet another General Election  despite the deeply ingrained failings of our electoral system. As we start to think about what comes next, it’s worth emphasising that the …

Let’s get serious about education

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Graham Lane

Schools, colleges and universities are all struggling with inadequate budgets and facing problems which are sure to impact seriously on many thousands of students. The Conservative Government has little idea …

The left faces its election conundrum

Published: May 6, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

Saturday evening before the first French presidential vote we went to the cinema at La Bastille. It was Lady Macbeth: full of oppression, menace, accumulating violence and lies, so it …

Britain is at the back of the queue on trade

Published: May 5, 2017
Written by Tony Burke

With Donald Trump having sunk the United States-Pacific Rim Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) agreement, and with the European Union-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement …

‘Brexel’: the Brexit election

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by John Holden

“I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with …

Care a key election priority

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Tribune Editorial

Theresa May has proven once again that the Tories can’t be trusted …on anything. The prime minister reiterated several times that she would not call an early election, then without …

‘Can I see your passport?’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Erin Dexter

On a recent early Wednesday morning patients, NHS workers and activists gathered outside the Department of Health and formed a not-so-orderly queue in front of a makeshift border checkpoint. Dressed …

‘People want to dream’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Chris Myant

There’ll be many familiar faces in French politics leaving the national scene after the presidential election that begins this weekend. It is one of the few great certainties in the …

Hereditary and unprincipled

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by David Hanson

Should the hereditary principle be present in our legislative Chamber in the 21st century? Should we perpetuate the current anomaly, by which 92 hereditary peers are chosen to sit in …