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Merlin’s beard!

Published: March 15, 2011
Written by John Street

Meanwhile, now that Project Merlin has been agreed and bankers’ bonuses no longer dominate the front pages Barclays has released details of bonuses and compensation paid to its boss Bob …

Rich List

Published: March 12, 2011
Written by John Street

It’s the Oscars for the super rich: Forbes Magazine this week published its annual survey of the world’s billionaires.  Whatever its forensic accuracy it is nevertheless used as a handy …

Joining the Big Society…

Published: March 11, 2011
Written by John Street

This has been doing the rounds in Westminster, Twitter, cyberspace and elsewhere for a few weeks now and has been attributed to many, including TV presenter Andrew Neil, but it …

Illinois “sleep over” for Democrats

Published: March 5, 2011
Written by John Street

Meanwhile, Illinois has become the temporary home from home for Democrat senators from neighbouring Wisconsin who are seeking to deny Republican State Governor Scott Walker a quorum in which to …

Chicago’s new mayor

Published: March 5, 2011
Written by John Street

Politics in Chicago has always been lively and entertaining and with the election of Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as its mayor, it is hoped this tradition …

Cognitive dissonance?

Published: February 25, 2011
Written by John Street

“Cognitive dissonance” is defined as an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously.

Curveball

Published: February 25, 2011
Written by John Street

Ah, history. The winners get to write it, the more opportunistic – or enterprising – losers switch sides and offer to help the winners with their first drafts.

Zombie bankers

Published: February 18, 2011
Written by John Street

Here at Tribune our wants are modest, but bankers do continue to try our patience and even, on occasion and despite our better natures, provoke the slightest twinge of envy. …

Downing Street rat-catcher…

Published: February 18, 2011
Written by John Street

“You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God, the British journalist But then there’s no occasion to When seeing what, unbribed, he’ll do.”

Rupa Huq

Published: February 6, 2011
Written by Rupa Huq

Pop may still eat itself, but fans can now plan their own menu

Messagespace clarification

Published: February 2, 2011
Written by Tribune web editor

In a recent interview with the Guardian, blogger Paul Staines said that Tribune a client of his web advertising company, Messagespace. While we previously advertised with Messagespace, we wish to …

Little Hugo…

Published: January 23, 2011
Written by John Street

President Hugo Chavez appears to have had a sense of humour failure. He has ordered Venezuela’s telecommunications commission to block a private television company from screening a Colombian soap opera …

Spotted: Rat at Number 10

Published: January 22, 2011
Written by John Street

Was it a “purple plotter”, an Orange Booker or a Tory diehard? Or was it one of the coalition’s spin-doctors or advisors? Viewers of BBC television news have been trying …

Gorgeous George heads to Glasgow

Published: January 21, 2011
Written by John Street

“Gorgeous” George Galloway this week offered to end the so-called “heavyweight deficit” at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, that he has identified, by tendering his own services. The 56-year old, …

Can we have our money back, please?

Published: January 17, 2011
Written by John Street

Barclays boss Bob Diamond told a Treasury Committee hearing that taxpayers should not bail out banks, and that those banks which get into trouble should be allowed to fail.

Send in the army?

Published: January 16, 2011
Written by John Street

According to Labour, approximately 14,500 police jobs in England and Wales will be lost as a result of spending cuts.

Fan-dabi-dozi

Published: January 16, 2011
Written by John Street

David Miliband, who until quite recently used to be the next leader of the Labour Party, may be contemplating a career change.

What happened in Barking…

Published: January 15, 2011
Written by John Street

The recent furore over Billy Bragg and Burton Bradstock – which, in case you missed it, boiled down to a couple of right-wing nutters objecting to a left-wing singer-songwriter living …

Random Advice

Published: January 14, 2011
Written by John Street

And just remember, after the result at Oldham East & Saddleworth, that an anagram of David Cameron is Random Advice…