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 …

Memories of a reluctant minister

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Denis MacShane

Westminster Diary by Bernard Donoughue IB?Tauris £25 Bernard Donoughue has written an important and fascinating account about the run-up to the 1997 election and Tony Blair’s arrival in Downing Street. …

Googling the Renaissance

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Tower by Allessandro Gallenzi Alma Books £7.99 Giordano Bruno was a man of genius – a philosopher, mathematician and poet with a prodigious memory. As a cosmologist he expanded …

As I Please – Martin Rowson

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Martin Rowson

I t’s one of the richer ironies, among all the ironies snapping round our knees right now, that the greatest breakthrough in communication since print­ing turned out so quickly to …

UK failing refugee children

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Ian Hernon

A House of Lords inquiry has found that thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions after being let down by European countries, including the UK. Youngsters face …

Out And About – Cary Gee

Published: July 27, 2016
Written by Cary Gee

When BBCRadio 4 presenter Sima Kotectcha visited her home town of Basingstoke to conduct a discussion about immigration just days after the vote to leave the EU, the very last …

Ireland Eye – John Coulter

Published: July 26, 2016
Written by Tribune web editor

Keep calm and follow the Commonwealth! That’s the key message Ireland should adopt in the aftermath of the Brexit vote – and the route which the rest of the UK …

When is a coup not really a coup?

Published: July 23, 2016
Written by Murray Rowlands

As the number of people arrested or sacked after the failed military coup reaches nearly 60,000, Murray Rowlands examines the background to the events in Turkey When is a coup …

Legacy of a paranoid sociopath

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976 by Frank Dikotter Bloomsbury £25 Stalin said: “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” His admirer Mao certainly seemed to …

Epitaph for a forgotten hero

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Paul Routledge

Foley:?The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews by Michael Smith Biteback £10.99 From his modest office at the British Passport Control centre in Tiergatrenstrasse 17 in Berlin during the 1930s, Frank …

John Street’s Diary

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by John Street

Laugh a minute Unfortunately, the Tories seem to have the best jokes at the moment. Forget David Cameron’s misquoting of Monty Python in his last PMQs, and instead focus on …