Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-3 are by Perkin Warbeck    Pic 1: There are buskers and then there are buskers   Pic 2: Donald  Busk.   Pic 3: Alas, even Mozart cannot coax euros from the Bozos who worship Bono. Pics 4-7  are by Matt Collins (No 2 son)   Pic 4  – The Brooklyn Boy – Grandson Gavin   Pic […]

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The US: the good, the bad and the bewildering

I’m recently back from the US, where I was promoting my book Martin McGuinness:The Man I Knew (no home is complete without one). That, and singing the praises of my six-week-old grandson to anyone who would listen. Like many Irish people, I have a love-hate relationship with the US. Some of the hate targets are […]

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AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE (ABC) APPEALS TO CONGRESSMAN TO BAR BREXIT TRADE SECRETARY LIAM FOX – by Michael J Cummings

  October 12  The American Brexit Committee released today a letter to Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-VA) *, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to block Britain’s International Trade Secretary  from entering the United States and to seek the removal of a British military attache.  Fox served as Shadow Secretary of State for  Defense from 2005-2010 and Secretary […]

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The presidential election and the paper of record

Do the Irish Times have a substantial sum of money on Michael D Higgins to win the Irish presidential election? Probably not, given that Michael D is quoted by Boylesports on odds of 1/50. Even the mountebanks of the paper of record would be reluctant to invest with those kind of odds. On the other […]

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Brexit and tick-a-tick-a timing

Time has been a vital factor in the Brexit process from the start. In the early stages, probably to encourage focus, Theresa May triggered Article 50, so putting herself and the Tories under pressure. Clearly, this was not a time for Tories to sit on their hands. Unfortunately, that’s what the Tories have done – sat on their hands. Here […]

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An open letter to Stanley Johnson

Dear Stanley, As a well-read man, you’ll know that line from Mark Twain:   “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”. Yes, it’s sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln and sometimes to Samuel Johnson, but the advice is the same – zip the lip, […]

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Coveney cuts the mustard on ‘Today’

Usually when John Humphries interviews somebody on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he does much of the talking. Not so this morning. He had an interview with the Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and it was Coveney who grabbed the conversational reins. No prizes for the subject under discussion. Coveney put a slab of gelignite […]

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DEATH OF A JOURNALIST by Donal Kennedy

  At the eleventh hour on the Eleventh day of the eleventh month of  the year of our Divine Lord 1918  the guns fell silent in Western Europe.Most Europeans, including the Irish,, at the time acknowledged Jesus Christ as their Lord, and   their calendar was dated from His birth -Anno Domini, shortened to AD. That […]

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