Author Jude Collins

ChatGPT and a reunited Ireland

I am just off the phone from a conversation with one of my sons who lives in London. We were talking about ChatGPT and as we spoke, he put in these two questions and the result. Amazing. ChatGPT talks more sense in three minutes than 90% of DUP politicians talk in a lifetime… Judge for […]

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SPEAKING OF MANTRAS- a short blog for today by Donal Kennedy

Jude remarked (4 Feb) on mantras, including Tony Blair’s “Education, Education, Education.”   I first took notice of Blair, hearing him on the radio Adressing the Labour Party Conference as Shadow Home Secretary.   He came out with the soundbite “Tough On Crime, Tough on the Causes of Crime.”   I wrote that day to […]

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A united Ireland: don’t be misled

The message is getting through. More and more pundits and columnists are making space for consideration of a border poll and a reunited Ireland. If they’re writing for the Irish Times, the chances are very much that they present such a poll as at best a distant possibility, with northern unionists rejecting reunification and southerners […]

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HOLY DAYS, UNHOLY DAYS AND TUCKING IN FOR THE FEAST OF ST BRIGID – by Donal Kennedy

  Though the Catholic Bishops of Ireland collectively supported the British appointed Provisional Government of 1922, and acquiesced in its murder of its Republican prisoners, that irregular junta, stuffed full of pietistic Catholics, chose not to  follow the normal European practice of giving workers a day’s break from work so that they were free to […]

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ERRANT KNIGHTS? – by Donal Kennedy

I watched an old programme last night where Michael  Portillo’s train took him to Romania and its capital Bucharest.It showed a massive monumental block of flats, no uglier than the Victor Emmanuel monument in Rome, where many acres of handsome streets had been cleared of their residents at a few hours’ notice and flattened by […]

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Getting to know you

  The Irish Times this morning continues reporting bits of the survey it’s done regarding Irish politics and a united Ireland.The paper emphasise the impartiality of the research, with 1,000  people in the north and 1,000 people  in the south questioned, and in addition  focus group discussion. Today’s report tells the reader how much (or […]

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