Jeremy Hunt: ‘I’m a believer!’

S Sometimes the powers-that-be overstep the mark. Most of the time they get away with it. You’ll recall, I’m sure, when Tony Blair was trying to sell his weapons-of-mass-destruction snake-oil, millions of people, particularly in the UK, took to the streets to tell him they didn’t believe him and they were opposed to the invasion […]

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What happened

I was  talking to a man recently  and the topic of the recent election came up. “Young people want to move on” he said. “They want something more than just the old extremes of orange and green. They’re more interested in real change  with parties like Alliance – parties of the centre.” I bit my […]

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SQUEAKY CLEAN? NOT YOU, GOVE! by Donal Kennedy

I’m told cocaine is an expensive habit and that some newspapers pay their columnists as much for a single opinion piece  as many nurses, ambulance men, teachers or firemen earn in a single year. THE TIMES is  a prime example. In an attempt, coordinated with the Government led by Lord Salisbury, to destroy the Irish leader […]

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Sweet and reasonable Jeffrey

Jeffrey Donaldson is the sweet ( as distinct from the sour) face of the DUP.  He says things like “Tony Connolly of RTÉ is a good guy and I like him.” But as a good Christian, Jeffrey has to tell the truth. And the truth according to Jeffrey is that this whole Brexit balls-up is […]

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NOT GIVING A MONKEY’S by Donal Kennedy

“In a series of questions Lavery, who was representing the majority of the victims’ families, suggested that Heath’s lack of interest in events in Northern Ireland stemmed from his knowledge that the public on the mainland cared little for the province.” THE quotation is from the Obituary of Michael Lavery,  QC  in THE TIMES of […]

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Life in a job by John Patton

Examinations for final year students in Scottish schools ended at the beginning of this month. Some may now be in temporary, summer jobs as they await the results in mid-August that will influence future choices and careers.  That vacation employment will also impact significantly on their future development. For many, they will be in some […]

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Politicians and appearance

 Trevor Ringland is, I think, the only card-carrying member of the Conservative Party that I know.  So I’ve been wondering: what importance will Trevor attach to the appearance of the Tory candidates for leader? “None!”  you cry, and in a sense you’re right. Or should be right. We should select our leaders on their ability […]

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FASCISTS, THEIR FRIENDS AND ENEMIES by Donal Kennedy

The late Piers Brandon, biographer of Winston Churchill, Keeper of the Churchill Archives and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, wrote a 700-page “Panorama of the 1930s”  entitled “THE DARK VALLEY.” It shines a bright light on the acts and omissions of the great powers, none of which emerges with much credit. All of them […]

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Boris Johnson: the man who would be king

Today, Boris Johnson will have a press conference to explain why he would be the best person to succeed Theresa May in 10 Downing Street, a job which includes (as rival Rory Stewart reminded people yesterday) having access to the nuclear button.  Advance information says that Johnson will declare. “If we kick the can the […]

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