The UK: things fall apart

At the time of writing (I have to start with that phrase since these days anything can and often does happen), the mad gallop of Boris and his Brexiteers towards the Brexit cliff-edge seems to have been slowed if not stopped. So is there a small dark part of us that feels disappointed? At the […]

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It don’t take a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows

 I don’t always agree with Alex Kane, the unionist commentator, especially when he’s displaying his tendency to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. But credit where credit is due: in today’s Irish Times he makes a highly valuable point about Brexit. “The softest of soft Brexits – in the next few weeks […]

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Boris promises Arlene: there’ll be no NI-only backstop

Here’s Arlene Foster, after the DUP’s meeting with Boris Johnson: “During today’s meeting, the Prime Minister confirmed his rejection of the Northern Ireland-only backstop and his commitment to securing a deal which works for the entire United Kingdom, as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.” So is that it? The hope that, […]

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Me, biased? How dare you!

I’ve just read in The Guardian a highly interesting and important article, particularly  for us here in our NE Nest. It’s by Nathan Robinson and it’s entitled ‘Media bias is OK – if it’s honest.’ Here’s a taste of what he’s saying: “It should be obvious that there can’t be such a thing as a […]

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Leo and Boris: so how did they do yesterday?

I missed  the Leo and Boris show when it went out live yesterday morning, but I caught up with it on RTÉ News and later, on BBC. It was an interesting contrast in reporting styles. In the RTÉ clip,  they showed Leo doing most of the talking and Boris standing there silent, like a confused […]

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What Times we live in…

I was waiting for my electric car to charge (shut up, Virginia) yesterday, so I passed the time by ambling into the service station and checking out the Sunday papers. Even though it now costs nearly THREE QUID, on an impulse I bought The Sunday Times. Here’s how old I am: I remember  when The […]

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