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John Street’s Diary April 4

Published: April 4, 2014
Written by John Street

“The Budget pretended to be fiscally neutral, but the big point… is that permanent tax giveaways are being paid for by temporary tax takeaways and as yet unspecified further spending …

Thatcherism: a complete failure?

Published: March 27, 2014
Written by Andrew Rosthorn
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After thirty years at the helm of Lobster, the magazine that investigates conspiracies and deep politics, Robin Ramsay has used his editorial column The View from the Bridge this month …

John Street’s Diary March 21

Published: March 21, 2014
Written by John Street

In her memoirs, to be reviewed in Tribune, former Glasgow Maryhill Labour MP Maria Fyfe gives credit to Tribune… for getting her a decent parliamentary office.

John Street’s Diary March 7

Published: March 7, 2014
Written by John Street

Condor Ferries pays Ukrainian crew on its ships, which carry freight between Portsmouth, Guernsey and Jersey, just £28.19 for a 12-hour shift, it was revealed.

John Street’s Diary February 21

Published: February 21, 2014
Written by John Street

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, has an explanation for the unruly, even bolshie, behaviour of the Conservative backbenches: social media

John Street’s Diary February 7

Published: February 7, 2014
Written by John Street

The directors’ pay bill at private equity firm Terra Firma increased by 183 per cent last year, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

John Street’s Diary January 24

Published: January 24, 2014
Written by John Street

Fresh evidence of the obscene pay deals still on offer in the City has emerged, with the biggest US bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co, revealing it gave more than …

John Street’s Diary January 10

Published: January 10, 2014
Written by John Street

Guess which political pundit posted the following blog: “He is still there. Not that long ago it was fashionable to say that there was no way Labour would go into …

John Street’s Diary December 20

Published: December 20, 2013
Written by John Street

David Cameron gave places on his Chinese trade mission to his stepfather-in-law, Viscount Astor, and a wealthy neighbour, Lord Chadlington.

John Street’s Diary November 29

Published: November 29, 2013
Written by John Street

The Conservatives have deleted every article, speech and press release released before the last general election from their website. The documents contain pre-2010 pledges on cutting inheritance, not imposing “pointless …

John Street’s Diary November 15

Published: November 15, 2013
Written by John Street

Observed while passing through security control from the Tube entrance to the Palace of Westminster: a gentlemen was struggling to get through the revolving glass door and the police officer …

John Street’s Diary November 1

Published: November 1, 2013
Written by John Street

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman has suggested that those facing rising energy bills should consider wearing jumpers. Asked at a Downing Street briefing if people should “wrap up warm” and …

John Street’s Diary October 18

Published: October 18, 2013
Written by John Street

The release of 30-year-old documents from the Margaret Thatcher archives reveal what a fragile flower the Iron Lady was, super-sensitive to any criticism. They show that her office censored an …

John Street’s Diary October 4

Published: October 4, 2013
Written by John Street

Chancellor George Osborne’s boast that the Tories would run a surplus budget if they win the next election stands against all the odds. It’s about as credible as his claim …

Tribune Rally 2013

Published: September 25, 2013
Written by Cary Gee

Speaking at the Tribune rally in Brighton, veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher praised Ed Miliband’s speech to conference as “one of the best leader’s speeches [he had] heard in years”, …

Ed letter day for big energy companies

Published: September 25, 2013
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour leader Ed Miliband today called on the major energy companies to work with him to curb runaway home power prices. He said that they need to be “part of …

Labour Party Conference 2013

Published: September 23, 2013
Written by Tribune web editor

Former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Ashcroft told a Labour conference fringe meeting: “I remain a proud tax avoider”. He hastily added that he paid the equivalent of his tax bill …

John Street’s Diary September 20

Published: September 20, 2013
Written by John Street

The Liberal Democrat conference now marks the official onset of autumn. Gusts of anti-Tory, almost liberal, rhetoric – notably from that waning hurricane Vince Cable – blast through the sunny …

John Street’s Diary September 6

Published: September 6, 2013
Written by John Street

Tribune has been banned from attending the Tory Party annual conference. For the first time in its history the paper has been told it will not be allowed presses passes …