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John Street’s Diary July 26

Published: July 27, 2013
Written by John Street

The coalition has come up with a radical new way to cut fuel poverty figures:  cheat. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has drawn up a new definition of …

John Street’s Diary July 12

Published: July 12, 2013
Written by John Street

As the latest Labour leader versus the unions grudge matched was being slugged out (sponsors Rupert Murdoch and Progress), an enigmatic message from party headquarters had members wondering whether the …

John Street’s Diary November 16

Published: November 16, 2012
Written by John Street

Wot, no workers? According to the “charity” arm of the Countryside Alliance, the countryside runs itself. The Countryside Alliance Foundation boasts: “Many children and young people know little about the …

John Street’s Diary November 2

Published: November 2, 2012
Written by John Street

Delivering the Aneurin Bevan Society’s 2012 Lecture, Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee warned that the coalition’s aim is nothing short of the destruction of the welfare state. She attacked Tory dogma …

John Street’s Diary October 19

Published: October 19, 2012
Written by John Street

Jack Straw is a mite critical of Gordon Brown in his new memoirs, serialised in that stalwart socialist newspaper the Daily Mail. The wily veteran says he knew that Mr …

John Street’s Diary October 5

Published: October 5, 2012
Written by John Street

Best joke of the Labour conference (recycled from the original by Bob Crow at this year’s TUC) was given a fresh outing by the GMB’s Paul Kenny at the big …

Ed Beats the Odds

Published: October 3, 2012
Written by Tribune web editor

It didn’t look promising. As a host of youngsters, among them Gamesmakers and 2012 athletes,  took to the stage in serried rows, staring at the backs of the people in front …

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 …