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Can the Kurds pull off ‘Kurdexit’?

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Gary Kent

The Kurds in Iraq will probably back the principle of independence from Iraq in three months’ time. Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani grabs a book about Kurdish independence written in 1905 …

Books: A stark warning from history

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Glyn Ford

Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of the Nazi Race Law by James Q Whitman Princeton University Press £19.95 Hero and villain history is nice and simple, …

Net gain for Britain

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Ronnie Campbell

I voted Brexit for good, old-fashioned socialist reasons because I believed – and still do – that unelected Brussels bureaucrats and their fat cat cronies should not overrule the wishes …

Theatre: The Sun’s irresistible rise

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Ink Almeida Theatre, London The recent general election result proves that the power of the right-wing press has diminished considerably in the digital age, but there was a time when …

Anti-social housing policy

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Murray Rowlands

Our hearts go out for all the victims and their families of the fire at the Grenfell Tower in Kensington. As we watch in safety here in Surrey Heath, the …

TV: Down memory lane

Published: July 13, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC 1 Porridge: Inside Out Yesterday It might have been tempting, at one point, to have marvelled at Who Do You Think You Are? …

Labour’s Brexit Tangle

Published: July 8, 2017
Written by Michael Hindley

The 1983 Labour General Election Manifesto, on which both Tony Blair and Jeremy Corbyn were elected, promised: On taking office we will open preliminary negotiations with the other European Economic …

Now is the time to mobilise

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Tribune Editorial

The labour movement is buzzing. The old order is crumbling and something new, something fresh, has been created. The fervour is justified at the very least because any credibility claimed …

Hard border means no soft options

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Josh Stephens

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities that struck Manchester and London, outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The Irish people stand with our close neighbours once again”. With the UK …

Not yet many, but no longer few

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Maria Fyfe

In analysing the general election in Scotland, we are immediately set a puzzle. The Labour vote throughout Great Britain went up 10 per cent, but in Scotland by only 2.5 …

Time for a Fair Movement directive

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

Theresa May stunned the EU president and prime ministers in her last visit to Brussels when she grandly announced that 80 per cent of British voters backed Brexit. In fact …

Brexit means exit for Theresa May

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Al Zarrell

For the second time in a year a Conservative Prime Minister has tried to exert more control over their party by going to the country and been humiliated. On the …

‘Why couldn’t they afford sprinklers?’

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Evidence that ministers were to some degree culpable in the Grenfell Tower disaster is mounting ahead of the upcoming public inquiry. The Government’s former housing minister Mark Prisk admitted that …

On the highway to hell

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Paddy McGuffin

There are innum­erable examples of politicians, and prime ministers in par­ticular, spectacu­lar­ly shooting themselves in the foot by mis­judging the mood of the people. Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher with the …