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John Street’s Diary October 14

Published: October 14, 2011
Written by John Street

Prime Minister David Cameron has turned to The Guardian and hired the paper’s former chief leader writer Julian Glover, a Conservative, to be his chief speechwriter. The move is a …

John Street’s Diary October 7

Published: October 7, 2011
Written by John Street

As the Ministry of Defence continues to cut jobs across the services some eye-catching statistics from former military intelligence officer Frank Ledwidge in his recently published book Losing Small Wars. …

Two tribes go to war…

Published: September 28, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

Could Labour and the Lib Dems work together and find common ground if the opportunity for a ‘progressive coalition’ were to present itself at the next general election? That was …

Miliband for Change

Published: September 28, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

David Miliband made his only advertised conference appearance at the Movement for Change fringe in Liverpool on Sunday night. He is the patron of the community organisation charity set up …

John Street’s Diary – conference special

Published: September 28, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

Many will have seen pictures of Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls hurtling his not inconsiderable frame around the soccer pitch. Although unlikely to attract any sportswear sponsorship offers (unless like Abercrombie …

Say what you like about Tony Blair

Published: September 27, 2011
Written by Cary Gee

and I can guarantee someone else will have got in first, but to his credit Blair was quite simply, the most gay-friendly Prime minister this country has ever had. He …

Whether it’s the stifling

Published: September 26, 2011
Written by Cary Gee

Whether it’s the stifling debate from the Conference hall, the fact that opposition requires a new radicalism or simply the price of sandwiches in the main hall, the conference fringe …

John Street’s Diary September 23

Published: September 23, 2011
Written by John Street

The Liberal Democrats want a new property tax, and even an additional mansion tax on properties worth more than £2 million, in exchange for their eventual capitulation on the 50p …

John Street’s Diary September 16

Published: September 17, 2011
Written by John Street

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, in an eve of conference newspaper interview last week, good-naturedly brushed aside the prospect of Britain’s bankers and hedge fund managers decamping en masse, post-Vickers, …

John Street’s Dairy

Published: September 11, 2011
Written by John Street

As MPs this week fly through the thousand proposed amendments to the NHS Health and Social Care Bill faster than a GP gets through surgery patients, the pressure group 38 …

Cary Gee

Published: August 17, 2011
Written by Cary Gee

Green ink brigade on line and off the wall about the death penalty

Summer break

Published: August 14, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

Tribune is about to take its annual break which means there will be no editions on August 19 and 26.  In addition, we are moving offices in the first week …

Tribune’s new format

Published: July 31, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

Many thanks to readers who have responded so far to our invitation to comment on the new design of Tribune. The majority have been encouragingly favourable to the new concept, …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 22, 2011
Written by John Street

t was the hottest ticket in town – for those obsessed with politics and media, at least – and the queues for seats at the Culture, Media and Sport Select …


Published: July 8, 2011
Written by Bernard Purcell

Less than a week after his Milibot/Miliband loop embarrassment – the Labour leader’s pooled soundbite in which he repeatedly said the June 30 strikes were wrong ran on the internet …

John Street’s Diary

Published: May 18, 2011
Written by John Street

A year after the general election and the only ones (still) smiling are David Cameron and George Osborne – and even they have told their party colleagues to keep straight …

Save our Libraries!

Published: April 5, 2011
Written by Keith Richmond

According to Public Libraries News, 495 public libraries – 435 in buildings and 60 mobiles – are either under threat from the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition or have recently closed.