I sometimes wonder about the Great British public. Mention the word ‘royal’ and the brains of otherwise sensible people seem to evaporate out their ears and any other exit point available. We saw this just two days ago when the news that Prince Harry had become engaged to Meghan Markle, who can be seen in that godawful […]
Leo and Micheal, up there and just a bit scared
It’s quite good fun watching politicians on the swinging trapeze, risking everything in an attempt to impress the audience. South of the border for the last couple of days, there’s been some dazzling risk-taking. Not that politicians want to risk any more than necessary, ever. But Frances and the Whistleblower is a story that has […]
Frances Fitzgerald: the woman with her finger on the button?
I’ve just had the most terrifying thought:Frances Fitzgerald could condemn Ireland, north and south, to years of economic hardship. With, of course, a little help from her friends. As causes for having a general election, Frances is a straightforward case: she had information about the smearing of Garda McCabe the whistleblower. She says she was […]
Saturday pic of the week
Pic 1 Seanathair agus a gharinion….
Frances and Arlene: separated at birth?
On the face of it, there’s not much resemblance. Frances Fitzgerald is older, I would guess, than Arlene Foster. Where Frances is generally pleasant and smiling, Arlene’s default expression is that of someone who’s just swallowed a wasp and is trying not to think about it. Frances Fitzgerald is Tanaiste and comes from that party, […]
L’esprit de l’escalier and five things to think about after Nolan Live
Engaging in debate on radio or television is bad for your health. There are many reasons for this, I find, but the main one is that sense, as you drive home, of l’esprit de l’escalier – literally the wit of the staircase. That’s the stage after a debate when you think of all the things […]
Glorifying terrorism and that sinking feeling
In a few hours’ time I’m due to go on Nolan Live (BBC NI) to discuss Elisha McCallion’s ‘glorification of terrorism’ , as Arlene Foster has described the Derry MP’s Ard Fheis speech. Since I didn’t see it on the televised Ard Fheis, I thought I’d better listen to it online. I was surprised. It’s a speech […]
OMG! He’s going away!
OMG. It’s a crisis. A huge crisis facing as many as ten people in places like London, Belfast and Dublin 4. Grandchildren are hugging their mothers’ skirts and pleading “Mummy, why is Granny Ruth trying to pull out her hair? Why is Uncle Nelson trying to stick needles in his eyes?” For this morning in […]
Gerry and Leo: are they at peace with themselves?
Like buses, interviews have a habit of coming in twos. Last Sunday The Sunday Times had a feature interview of Gerry Adams by Justine McCarthy, and RTÉ’s The Week in Politics had Leo Varadkar interviewed by Aine Lawlor. The headline of the interview in the Sunday Times was ‘I’m very much at peace with myself’. The statement comes in response to Justine McCarthy’s […]
Saturday pics of the week
Pics 1-3 are by John Patton Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Pics 4-8 are by Antrim Lens Pic 4 Pic 5 Pic 6 Pic 7 Pic 8 “Bit of sunshine on Thursday, so I headed down to Lough Neagh to see some of our foreigner winter visitors to the lough arrive, but […]