Just can’t kick the Abbott

One thing that the Cummings cartel have been very good at during the last number of weeks is keeping controversial appointments relatively under wraps. It is no great secret that Cummings has always yearned to rip the heart out of Whitehall and replace those with a history of diplomacy and expertise with bippityboppoty computer scienceContinue reading “Just can’t kick the Abbott”

“Extra-large cone, rum and raisin, extra sprinkles, 2 flakes – hold the mask there love”

“You can’t eat when you’re muzzled!” Apparently DUP MP Sammy Wilson cannot fathom the possibility of eating an ice cream outside. This revelation arrives in the latest instalment of Sammy’s tirade against the public health advice to wear facemasks when indoors. I’ll admit, it’s never easy to follow the East Antrim MP’s train of thoughtContinue reading ““Extra-large cone, rum and raisin, extra sprinkles, 2 flakes – hold the mask there love””

PUP U-Turn.

The twitter bubble of Irish politics has been nothing if not intriguing over the past month or so. The Barry Cowen fiasco, Super Junior Ministers pay rise, Eamon Ryan nodding off during a vote, Richard Bruton showcasing his 6 pack and, of course, “the brits being at it again” as the Guardian attempted to commandeerContinue reading “PUP U-Turn.”

The hypocrisy of Trump’s woes.

“The silent majority will reign!” or so is the cry emerging from a wounded, limp and lingering Trump campaign. The man whose infamous spell in office has been driven almost exclusively in the interests of securing reelection, according to his former national security advisor John Bolton, is having to come to terms with the factContinue reading “The hypocrisy of Trump’s woes.”

Eyes on the prize of 2024.

If a week is a long time in politics, then four years is an eternity. Barring some exceptional circumstance wherein we face an election sooner, it is four years until the Great British electorate will see the inside of a polling station to choose their Westminster representatives. It is safe in this knowledge and withContinue reading “Eyes on the prize of 2024.”

Trump’s Chickens coming home to Roost.

Strategy and craft have dominated the US political landscape over the past few years. So much so, that the depth of character of several Republican senators has been revealed to be decidedly shallow. Now, the chickens have come home to roost. The Trump cheerleaders have had a bucket of cold water thrown over their sleepwalkingContinue reading “Trump’s Chickens coming home to Roost.”

Trump’s “EPIC rally” turns to farewell tour.

Oh dear, what a flop. The Donald’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, proudly boasted “just passed 800’000 tickets. Biggest data haul and rally signup of all by 10x. Saturday is going to be amazing!”. But poor Billy Goat Brad suffered huge humiliation last night as the epic rally fell flat on its face in Tulsa, OklahomaContinue reading “Trump’s “EPIC rally” turns to farewell tour.”

A Trump of 1968

Donald Trump’s team are busy digging the trenches to set up the base to try and drive his re-election bid in November. It seems they are modelling the design on the same foundation that the disgraced President Nixon did. Law & Order, Law & Order, Law & Order. Let the dog-whistling commence. It is quiteContinue reading “A Trump of 1968”

The UNSC – It ain’t good for much

Recently my colleague at North South Perspective and the team at The Progressive Brief published a report on the Seanad entitled, “Reform or die.” The gist I caught was that the Seanad must reform or face indefinite ineffectual peripherality within Ireland’s bicameral parliamentary system. The report raises and tackles a number of valid critiques fromContinue reading “The UNSC – It ain’t good for much”

Cash for favours?

Robert Jenrick was ranked 3rd in the Tory Party’s “Hottest 40 under 40” at the annual Bullingdon Club shenanigans. No mean feat, especially given the number of high-profile guests at the shin dig. It’s a real hoot and no doubt one of the highlights of the year. Matt Hancock is Michael Gove’s lookout for hisContinue reading “Cash for favours?”