Denis Macshane

Why No-One Knows How To Spring The Brexit Trap

Denis MacShane | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

The mood is uneasy, unsettled. The UK has no previous example of getting out of a disastrous policy blunder based for the first time in British history on a plebiscite decision, especially one which has yet to take place in the sense of leaving the EU.

A Good Man Not in Tune With His Times

Denis MacShane | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

A clever, intellectual, inquiring, methodical mind allied to one of the most least self-aggrandizing personalities, despite clear ability and ambition, in the Labour ranks in the Commons, Meacher never quite got into alignment with the political moment during his 45 years in the Commons.

Will the Left Lead Us Out of Europe?

Denis MacShane | Posted 31.07.2016 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

If the vote is Yes to Europe, Labour can say the Tories have wasted two decades in the cul-de-sac of Euroscepticism and celebrate a defeat for the off-shore newspaper proprietors and their anti-EU obsessions. If Brexit is the result, Labour will demand Cameron's departure and a fresh consultation, via an election, to stop British isolationism and departure from the world stage as a major power.

Why the Chilcot Inquiry Won't Satisfy Us

Denis MacShane | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Will 2015 finally see the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war? Certainly not this side of the election it now seems. Why is it taking so long? ... Sadly there is no single truth, no burning dossier, no transcript that will allow closure on the Iraq war.

Churchill Howlers From Boris

Denis MacShane | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Howlers are not just mistakes but deliberate omissions. The book is a jolly read and the voice of Boris is on every page submerging the words of Churchill. For Boris fans it is a must-read. But next time, might he employ a research assistant to check facts and ask why the great author why key events are left out?

Why Roy Hattersley Is Last of a Kind

Denis MacShane | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Peter Hennessey has been carrying out a fascinating series of interviews on Radio 4 with veteran politicians like John Major and Roy Hattersley. It is unlikely we will see their like again as the role and make-up of MPs is changing faster than ever before in Parliament's history. Take Hattersley as an example.

Warsi Represents Something Cameron Has Never Understood

Denis MacShane | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

The conventional Westminster bubble accounts of Sayeeda Warsi quitting the government rely on unpleasant Tory spin questioning her motives. In fact there is a much richer Warsi story to be written about the multiple complexities of the British Muslim communities - the plural is important - which cannot be reduced to the horrors of the Gaza conflict.

Cameron Telling Porkies Over UK Accepting Paris Veto on Patten as Commission President

Denis MacShane | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Over the weekend the official 10 Downing Street press machine told political editors that in 2004 the UK proposed Chris Patten as EU Commission President and when France objected Britain gracefully gave way...

The Unwanted European Parliament

Denis MacShane | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

If there is one thing worse than Euroscepticism or Europhilia it is Euroignorance. Pretending the European Parliament doesn't matter is a foolish and very British error.

France's Tony Blair Takes Over

Denis MacShane | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

The reforms France needs however are massive and require a revolutionary casting aside of vested interests and old thinking, Valls does not lack ambition but whether he will have the support in French parliament and in the Socialist Party remains the big unanswered question. If he doesn't, c'est la fin.

In Praise of Denis MacShane, Modern Politics' Tragic Hero

Alan Wager | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wager

It was the tabloid's reaction, along with senior Tory MPs, to Vince Cable's evocation of Enoch Powell in bemoaning the current immigration panic that was inconsistent and fragmented- both accepting the negative connotations of Powell, while pursuing his modern equivalent. It also showed why Denis MacShane will be missed in public office...

Denis MacShane Jailed for Six Months Over Bogus Expenses

PA | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Politics

Disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane has been sentenced to six months at the Old Bailey after admitting making bogus expense claims amounti...

Denis MacShane Pleads Guilty To Expenses Charges

PA | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane today pleaded guilty to making nearly £13,000 of bogus expenses claims. The ex-MP admitted false accounting ...

Why Does Germany Say No to Everything?

Denis MacShane | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

When will Germany say Yes to something? 30 years ago the fashionable button to sport as an engaged German citizen said "Nuclear. Nein danke." Now Germans have turned "Just Say Nein" into a political philosophy which is having a profound impact on the rest of Europe.

Rock of Ages

Denis MacShane | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

It was the wily old British prime minister, Jim Callaghan, who got Gibraltar right. Discussing the problem with his Spanish opposite number soon after Franco's death, Callgahan said: "You know, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Former MP To Be Charged Over Expenses Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK

Former MP Denis MacShane is to be charged with false accounting over £12,900 of parliamentary expenses claims, the Crown Prosecution Service has said...

That Controversial Eton Exam Question Is Worth Defending

Luke Sandford | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Sandford

Challenging questions are asked of students all the time, at all levels, and are essential to developing reasoning and critical thinking. Taking these questions and assuming they represent some sort of internal bias can amount to a short-sightedness and is often misguided.

'A Worrying Disregard For Freedom Of Expression'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

An academic has lost his case against the Universities and Colleges Union, which he alleged is anti-Semitic, with the furious tribunal slamming those ...

Labour Wins By-Elections.. But Ukip Sees Jump In Votes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics

Labour is celebrating a clean sweep in three parliamentary by-elections in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North. But the celebrations were ma...

'I Have Let My Constituency Down So Very Badly'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK

Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane has said sorry to his former constituents in Rotherham, saying: "I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and m...

Letters Showing MP Fiddled Expenses Inadmissible In Court

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Letters from former minister Denis MacShane admitting expenses abuses cannot be used to prosecute him because they are protected by Commons rules, it ...

Denis MacShane Quits As MP Over 'Serious' Expenses Abuses

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane has resigned as an MP after he was found guilty by a Commons committee of a string of illegitimate expenses clai...

Denis MacShane's Career As Labour MP 'Over' After Expenses Abuses

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Politics

Former minister Denis MacShane's career as a Labour MP is "effectively over" after it was recommended he be suspended from the Commons for 12 months o...

It's Time to Give Some Prisoners the Right to Vote

Denis MacShane | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

The government is right to suggest some compromise on the issue of prisoners' voting rights and sensible MPs should support this.

MP Admits to 40 Winks During Commons War Debate

Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics

A shadow minister has admitted that he did doze off during an emergency debate on Afghanistan but insists he has no recollection of doing it and now p...