WAIVING THE RULES – MAKING BRITAIN GRATE AGAIN? by Donal Kennedy

  I’ve been a bibliophile for seventy years from a family including master bookbinders, teachers, preachers with catholic (lower case) tastes. In that regard  might I mention my late Uncle Dermot, who, when Catholic curate in Bantry, used read James Bond in the Confessional when awaiting other sinners. For many years I was a Librarian in London. I […]

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Forcible eviction: a case of pay up or get out?

    Whose side are you on? Last Tuesday in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, two brothers and a sister, in their fifties and sixties, were forcibly removed from the house where they lived, presumably for not paying the mortgage or rent. When one of the crowd assembled to watch the eviction shouted that the men involved […]

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Unionism in action at the political and personal level

Almost exactly 100 years ago there was a general election in which Sinn Féin won a huge majority – 73 of the 105 seats involved. In their manifesto, Sinn Féin had promised to abstain from the Westminster parliament. After their election, they set up Dáil Éireann. So what happens next? You guessed it, Virginia. Unionists […]

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THE LOBOTOMY OF IRELAND by Donal Kennedy

  Nearly six decades ago Anthony Sampson wrote a classic examination of those working the levers of power in Britain and in later decades updated it. It was called THE ANATOMY OF BRITAIN. I salute his work and, in tribute, name this much lesser effort THE LOBOTOMY OF IRELAND. I’ll limit my comments to a […]

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When Leave means OMG, what have I done?

OK, OK. We’ve all done the sympathy-for-Theresa thing, vicar’s daughter, what a stayer, such guts, such resilience. Take that as read. The big question now is: what next? The people in the Conservative Party who are passionately opposed to the Bill appear to have no plan other than to storm out of the EU and […]

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Theresa’s cunning plan and DUP doublethink

  Could Theresa May be smarter than we think? No, I didn’t say ‘stupider’, I said smarter. I’m not saying it’s probable, I’m just suggesting it might be possible. Given that it’s in the interests of the UK and the EU that the former leaves on amicable terms, the vote on May’s leadership last night […]

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THUNDERING LIARS: Part 2 – TITUS OATES by Donal Kennedy

Most of the following I gleaned from WIKIPEDIA so it’s not exactly Holy Writ. Like the Curate’s Egg in the Punch Cartoon I have found Wikipedia good in parts. Three hundred plus years after the scoundrel’s death the story of bobbing and weaving, perjury, buggery, jiggery-pokery and anti-popery you may find both funny-peculiar and funny-haha. […]

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Leo, Mary Lou and Ian Junior too

Leo Varadkar said something very sarky in the Dail yesterday. He told Mary Lou McDonald, after she’d urged a border poll, that if he didn’t know her better, he’d think she wanted a hard border to further her pet project, a reunited Ireland. Was he right? I doubt it. Few constituents think more highly of […]

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