Film: Who owns a film festival?

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Neil Young

What’s left of the socialist spirit of one of Europe’s pioneering cinema showcases? On one level, we could airily suggest that a festival is ‘owned’ by its audience, the people …

News In Brief

Published: September 23, 2016
Written by Tribune web editor

By-elections after the death of Labour MP Jo Cox and the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron will be held on 20 October. Mrs Cox was killed in …

No Brexit talks for a year

Published: September 23, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy warned that substantive Brexit talks between the UK and the rest of the EU are unlikely to start much before the end of …

Out And About: Cary Gee

Published: September 19, 2016
Written by Cary Gee

The UK Parliament boasts more ‘out’ LGBT members than any other parliament in the world. I was recently commissioned to interview some of them for the gay glossy magazine Pride …

In Perspective: Catherine Macleod

Published: September 17, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May  have more in common politically than they might wish to acknowledge. In the Prime Minister’s case the greatest problem is the 17 million-plus Brexiteers champing …

Theatre: Little evidence of genius

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Cary Gee

Britten In Brooklyn Wilton’s Music Hall, London   In Britten in Brooklyn writer Zoe Lewis presents a snapshot of life in 7 Middagh Street, NYC, where Benjamin Britten escaped war-torn …

Books: Arguments for an alliance

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Brian Heatley

The Alternative: Towards A New Progressive Politics ed by Lisa Nandy MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Chris Bowers Biteback £12.99 This hopeful book had its origins in Brighton in the early …

Books: Escape from your political despair

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

The Other Side Of Silence by Philip Kerr Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker Quercus £18.99 each Normally it is the holidays when we need some light relief.  But the political …

Ifs and buts beset Scotland’s cause

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Martin Gostwick

Scottish politics has been torn post-Brexit vote by much the same issues as the rest of Britain, with independence the key difference.   It may well turn out that Scotland’s …

As I Please: Kevin Maguire

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Kevin Maguire

If a picture paints a thousand words then the stark marginalisation of Theresa May at the G20 summit in the Chinese industrial city of Hangzhou supplied enough copy for a …

The Union Card: Len McCluskey

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Len McCluskey

As summer draws to a close and thoughts turn to the new political ‘season’, Tony Blair has admitted that he is baffled by the rise of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy …

A Second Iceberg Looms

Published: September 13, 2016
Written by Jack Reed
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Jack Reed, a year 13 student at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury, reports ‘frustration, fear and foreboding’ for the generation that were denied a vote in the …

Whose finger on the trigger?

Published: September 10, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn
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Jolyon Maugham QC, a barrister challenging the power of Theresa May to activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, says the Prime Minister has no right to start Brexit. It’s …

Tweaking PAYE to stay in Single Market

Published: August 26, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn
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The UK government could slow down immigration without breaking EU rules. Chartered accountant Philip Shirley claims a simple tweak of the Pay As You Earn tax system would discourage EU …

Agenda Setting – Chris Williamson

Published: August 11, 2016
Written by Chris Williamson

It’s Groundhog Day for the Labour Party, after Labour MPs forced another leadership election less than 10 months after Jeremy Corbyn was overwhelmingly elected to the role. I have repeatedly …

Undercurrents – Joy Johnson

Published: August 10, 2016
Written by Joy Johnson

Leave,  the European Union campaign, had to have a rhetorical device that would destroy the status quo. If not, as is usual with referendums and the binary choice, which isn’t …

UK break-up now seems so much closer

Published: August 10, 2016
Written by Martin Gostwick

Martin Gostwick assesses the growing probability of Scotland holding a second independence referendum next year. Remain means Remain,” was First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s equally pithy response to the new Prime …

Letter From America – Ian Williams

Published: August 10, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

With the gladiatorial clashes of the Labour leadership election and the circus of the Republican and Democratic elections, the election for the Secretary General of the United Nations, has been …

The struggle to outrun the limits of Labourism

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Sheila Cohen

Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth Of Radical Politics by Richard Seymour Verso £12.99 “Poor old Jeremy” has been the refrain sounding in my brain since watching Corbyn suffer the torments surrounding …