“Consent” is all about the Border Poll

Last week’s submission by Boris Johnson to the EU on Brexit was the colliding of our two political impasses in spectacular fashion, and will likely have long term implications. The proposals were a. for the North of Ireland to leave the Customs Union, thereby introducing a border in our country; b. to retain regulatory alignment in the North, thereby introducing…

When some rights are more equal than others

There is a thing that happens with human rights and the discourse around them. Generally, the status quo doesn’t want them if they cause change or cost money. So rather than say “no, we don’t want you to have those rights” what is said is something along the lines of “the time is not right”,…

Brass Neck Parliament

Unanimous judgment from the Supreme Court”. “The Prime Minister acted unlawfully in the proroguing of Parliament”. “This is the most significant constitutional judgment in our lifetime”. “Johnson wiped the Queen’s eye”. Yeah I made that last one up but at this stage there is little that is left unsaid about the upheaval of British politics as a result of the successful challenge…

Ring a Rosie

Dublin has only ever seen one other night like it. The night Ireland beat Romania on penalties in Italy and we were in the quarter finals of a World Cup. But this was different. This was ours. This team, who leave so many in their dust. This squad who dig deep when worthy adversaries figure out yeah they might…

Big Calls Needed

It sometimes seems like there are parallel political universes at play, all important and all having lifetime implications. Brexit is happening in a way none of us could have imagined. Yes, we knew there would be turmoil. Yes, we knew there would be lasting implications. But could anyone foretell the wrecking ball it has brought to British politics? Both the Conservative and Labour parties are left with generational damage.…

Seán Rúiséil goes to Downing Street

The new Prime Minister has image, well, let’s be kind,challenges. To start with he is a man who will not disclose how many children he has to how many women. In a modern age of flexible personal morality that’s clearly not the disgrace it would be in every other walk of life.  There are the regular moments of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. Sometimes even all rolled…

A Winter of Discontent?

Can’t you just feel autumn coming? The leaves are starting to turn with their tinges on them promising the gorgeous golds and reds yet to come. In all the nooks and crannies of brambles the blackberries are bursting out, from dark red to black, declaring their unique deliciousness for us to scavenge, reminding us why we allow their scraggy, thorny tendrils to…

Mr Bumble goes to Downing Street

First published in the Andersonstown News on 25th July 2019 Boris Johnson is now the Prime Minister for England and its own interests, whatever way they decide they should be in the context of Brexit. He set to work immediately purging his cabinet and added to a pretence of change by reappointing a cabinet of the extreme. 17 of the MPs appointed…