Tribune of the Plebs

When he isn’t sharing his excellent taste in blogs over at the Normblog profile, Paul Anderson is filling us in on what’s been going on at Tribune magazine:

Various correspondents have asked in the past few weeks whether I know anything about what’s happening with the editorship of Tribune, and the answer is that I do.Steve Platt and I put in an application for the job, vacated in summer by Mark Seddon (who took over from me in 1993), because we were worried that the august organ was about to go down the tubes. Despite an influx of about �350,000 investment from the trade unions (who now own it), it’s selling only 3,000 copies a week. But the paper’s board decided that we were damaged goods, and that was it. I don’t think either of us is that upset.

Now the job has been taken by Chris McLaughlin, until earlier this year political editor of the Sunday Mirror and currently a columnist on the Big Issue, who used to work way back when for Labour Weekly, the official party paper that closed in 1987. I know nothing else about him � to my shame I haven’t read the Sunday Mirror or the Big Issue for years � but his praises are sung in the Independent today by Bill Hagerty, who was an editorial adviser to Seddon. Whatever, good luck to him.

I can confirm that I buy one of those copies, and that another is delivered to the Magdalen College Senior Common Room. So that’s 0.0667% of the circulation accounted for.(I’m not quite sure why the SCR here gets Tribune — but then again I’m not quite sure why, given that fact, I get a copy myself — except for sentimental reasons about trying to keep struggling left publications for which I’ve a bit of a soft spot afloat.)

In other Anderson news, there’s a piece over at SIAW about the remarkable extent to which the analysis of his and Nyta Mann’s book, Safety First, has held up over time.

(This could become a survey of the first generation of New Labour lit — I wonder what the SIAW comrades made of Derek Draper’s Blair’s Hundred Days?)

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