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John Street’s Diary September 21

Published: September 21, 2012
Written by John Street

There is a common assumption that, because the coalition has agreed and legislated for it, this Parliament must run its full five-year course. But, with all this courting and cooing …

John Street’s Diary September 7

Published: September 7, 2012
Written by John Street

Two years ago, as David Cameron and Nick Clegg, with a spring in their steps, smiled for the cameras amid the daffodils in the back garden of Number 10 Downing …

John Street’s Diary July 27

Published: July 27, 2012
Written by John Street

Ever the public relations stuntman, Dave Cameron, AKA the Prime Minister, was not so much hedging his bets at the annual Number 10 garden media party shindig on the eve …

John Street’s Diary July 13

Published: July 13, 2012
Written by John Street

If you thought the Tories had exhausted the poisonous well of punitive social cleansing, think again. While there is a single vulnerable pensioner or jobless youngster left standing, there will …

John Street’s Diary June 29

Published: June 29, 2012
Written by John Street

Civil service cuts are producing some alarming examples of a slippage in standards. Take a recent report for the Government from the Office of Fair Trading, which is about as …

John Street’s Diary June 15

Published: June 15, 2012
Written by John Street

The weekend after this edition of Tribune goes to press sees the pre-conference meeting of the Labour Party’s policy-making body (don’t laugh too loudly). The National Policy Forum meets for …

John Street’s Diary June 1

Published: June 1, 2012
Written by John Street

While Euan Blair is rumoured to have given up his banking job after setting his heart on being selected for a safe Labour seat, brother Nicky is facing challenging times …

John Street’s Diary May 18

Published: May 18, 2012
Written by John Street

Faint praise for Rotherham MP Denis MacShane from the Tories. Not because Andrew Murrison’s acknowledgement that his opponent’s knowledge of foreign affairs is “renowned”, but because the Tory MP cut …

John Street’s Diary May 4

Published: May 4, 2012
Written by John Street

The plan to station surface-to-air missiles around London – notably on the roof of a block of flats in the East End – brought a new air of surrealism to …

John Street’s Diary April 20

Published: April 20, 2012
Written by John Street

Some of the trade union movement’s heaviest hitters were jockeying for position this week after Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, announced his decision to retire at the end …

John Street’s Diary April 6

Published: April 6, 2012
Written by John Street

Victorious George Galloway may have boasted about being a non-drinker as proof of how devout a Muslim he is – in an attempt to denigrate his Labour opponent – but …

John Street’s Diary March 23

Published: March 23, 2012
Written by John Street

Lots of futile rhetoric surrounding the (ignominious) failure to block the NHS Bill but while the finger-pointing and blame for failure is widely distributed, a pretty stark, well-sourced, report in …

Robert “Bob” Giddings – A Tribute

Published: March 19, 2012
Written by Keith Richmond

“A very decent man, long-suffering, courageous and a life-long socialist, Bob Giddings always maintained that the many students coming into higher education, from underprivileged backgrounds, had just as much right …

John Street’s Diary March 9

Published: March 10, 2012
Written by John Street

To appreciate the full scale of Valdimir Putin’s overwhelming election victory, one need only look to Grozny in Chechnya where voters appear to have been able to put aside 13 …

John Street’s Diary February 24

Published: February 25, 2012
Written by John Street

Protest singer, Quaker and social activist Joan Baez – currently touring Britain – this week expressed her disappointment with Barack Obama’s presidency. The singer, who said she is not sorry …

John Street’s Diary February 10

Published: February 10, 2012
Written by John Street

Britain risks putting its wider economic and strategic interests in the European Union in long-term jeopardy for the sake of domestic party political considerations, one of this country’s most respected …

John Street’s January 27

Published: January 27, 2012
Written by John Street

Tony Blair’s fondness for US presidential style politics is well-documented. But it seems, on face value at least, that there is one area where he can teach one White House …

John Street’s Diary December 9

Published: December 10, 2011
Written by John Street

It has long been a source of frustration and amazement to many Europeans how British media – not just popular tabloids but dramatists and comedians and even MPs – filter …

John Street’s Diary November 25

Published: November 25, 2011
Written by John Street

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls usually plays a blinder when he is allowed to perform to his strengths – economics – but he could not resist the invitation by Total Politics …

John Street’s Diary November 11

Published: November 11, 2011
Written by John Street

As eurozone finance ministers and the European Central Bank dither over the full extent of the debt crisis, a somewhat smug China has taken to lecturing old Europe about its …

John Street’s Diary November 4

Published: November 4, 2011
Written by John Street

Bosses of FTSE companies may have seen their pay jump 48 per cent in a year, while others fared considerably more modestly, but new research suggests that there is nothing …

John Street’s Diary October 28

Published: October 28, 2011
Written by John Street

November seems set to be a trying month indeed for News International’s James Murdoch – and one week in particular. James is the boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British operation and, …