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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, …

John Street’s Diary October 21

Published: October 21, 2011
Written by John Street

Another year passes and another UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) comes by with what seems to be, but can’t be, ever greater frequency. The UN …

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 …