Monthly Archives: June 2016

Labour Pains

Makes you sick, doesnt it? The Tories are in a mess and on cue the British Labour Party get into a bigger mess. To some extent it is irrelevant that only 40 MPs back the Leader Jeremy Corbyn and 172 … Continue reading

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“Does Ireland Exist”?

Queens University Belfast teaches a Bachelors History Module called “The History, Politics and Social Anthropology of Ireland. Or at least it taught this module in 2006. It is popular with “exchange students”. The course was administered jointly by Professor Sean … Continue reading

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EU Referendum: Norn Iron

Norn Iron voted REMAIN but as always it is complicated. DUP advised a LEAVE vote but the sensible people never really made much effort. DUP seemed happy in the knowledge that they could parade their British nationalism and they would … Continue reading

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EU Referendum: Scotland

Scotland voted REMAIN. The SNP is the clear winner of this Referendum. Less than two years ago the Scots voted 55-45 to remain within the “United Kingdom”. A few weeks before that Referendum it looked that the result would be … Continue reading

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EU Referendum: England

Where do I start? Increasingly it looks like the leaders of the LEAVE campaign had no real intention of actually winning. It was maybe about three things. A chance for people to vent about Europe. And a battle for Leadership … Continue reading

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The Day Politics Rose From The Dead

You might recall that yesterday, I wrote a post “The Day Politics Died”. This was of course a very long typo. I am happy to confirm Politics is alive and well. I stayed up all night to see Politics assert … Continue reading

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The Day “Politics” Died

Several years ago, I had the flu and I was lying on the couch watching “daytime” TV…Oprah Winfrey and her guest Dr Phil. Not the kinda show I would normally watch. Dr Phil said something that made an impression on … Continue reading

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(Not) Talking Turkey

If there is one thing that seems to irritate the REMAIN side in the EU Referendum, it is the suggestion that Turkey might join the European Union. This provokes the “dog whistle” racism in the LEAVE side. Some “dog whistle” … Continue reading

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The Great Pension Rip-Off

To be honest, I wont gain or lose anything, whatever the result of the EU Referendum. But I am bemused that people on the REMAIN side are telling me that my children and grandchildren will be worse off. This may … Continue reading

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“Gentler” Politics?

One of the narratives to emerge from the murder of Jo Cox MP on Thursday has been the widespread call for Politics to be less confrontational…more respectful…kinder. Certainly ┬áthe line put out by journalists who inhabit the same Westminster village … Continue reading

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