Is a seat at the table worth destroying the Green Party?

If being in government isn’t easy, then being in coalition is extremely tough, which means being in coalition sandwiched between Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar would be utterly excruciating. Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner alluded to the fact that many FG members would jump at the chance to regroup in Opposition and start performingContinue reading “Is a seat at the table worth destroying the Green Party?”

Gone is the bravado which defined PMQs of the past decade.

This morning, as I try to every Wednesday morning, I tuned into Prime Ministers Questions, the great charade of British politics, the superficial epithet of executive accountability, the midweek circus of Westminster. However, as well as the chamber being notably absent of MP’s, there was a more noticeable absence – the bravado and ostentatiousness whichContinue reading “Gone is the bravado which defined PMQs of the past decade.”

UUP still dosed with Trimble-itis.

David Trimble is a great man. A giant of Northern Irish politics. People my age stand on the shoulders of the peace process himself and John Hume built for us and future generations. In fact, both men’s efforts were recognised with a “Nobel Peace Prize” in 1998 following the Good Friday Agreement, a true testamentContinue reading “UUP still dosed with Trimble-itis.”

Hancock is balls to the wall after civil servant spanking

From watching Matt Hancock during the 2019 General Election campaign, I decided that I didn’t think particularly highly of him. He struck me as someone who hasn’t met a senior Tory arse that he has not felt duty-bound to lick. Running around the country for Boris, and in nearly every place, the same line ofContinue reading “Hancock is balls to the wall after civil servant spanking”

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… Who is the biggest hypocrite of them all?

Deputising Prime Minister Dominic Raab (née Foreign Secretary) has come out and asserted that relations with China will not be back to normal even once the global pandemic has ended. Raab justified his remarks stating that, after the fact there needs to be a “deep dive review of the lessons – including of the outbreakContinue reading “Mirror, Mirror on the wall… Who is the biggest hypocrite of them all?”

Withdraw funding from the World Health Organisation during a global pandemic? I know just the man.

Here is the thing, the United States sits on a hegemonic throne, it has done so since the end of the second World War. And while the Cold War supposedly and superficially threatened this hegemonic throne in the form of a usurping USSR, that opposition upon reflection never truly endangered the U.S position as ideologicalContinue reading “Withdraw funding from the World Health Organisation during a global pandemic? I know just the man.”

Sinn Féin booked for bridesmaid & Fine Gael’s magnificent 7.

Poor old Sinn Féin. The biggest party on the isle of Ireland and still locked out of government despite the giant strides they have made. Yes, the “anything but SF” battalion have cast aside their differences and, along with a couple of Independents, will likely make up the next Irish government in an historic coalition.Continue reading “Sinn Féin booked for bridesmaid & Fine Gael’s magnificent 7.”

Is the NHS the last line of defence against Irish unity?

There is a hell of a lot that divides Northern Ireland. Rangers vs Celtic, the way we pronounce “H”, where you went to school, Paddy’s vs the 12th, Falls vs the Shankill, where you keep your toaster, rugby vs GAA, QUB vs UUJ, holidays in Portrush vs a trip to Carlingford, ministers who can getContinue reading “Is the NHS the last line of defence against Irish unity?”

Former Fine Gael member gives Dr. Leo one last call.

Leo is finishing the dregs of his 5th iced vanilla macchiato with cinnamon dusting of the day. His first day back in the medical profession in years has been a testing one. It’s 16:57. 3 more minutes and he can go home to Matthew, put his feet up and finish off the final 2 episodes ofContinue reading “Former Fine Gael member gives Dr. Leo one last call.”