Author Jude Collins

Robinson, Paisley and McElduff: the same and different

     What do Peter Robinson,Ian Paisley Jr, and Barry McElduff have in common? Well, not much, actually. Ian Paisley is a devoted unionist, despite his  brief flirtation with being the de Klerk figure of his community, Barry McElduff is a devoted republican from West Tyrone who had a holy water font inside the door […]

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NOBODY EXPECTS by Donal Kennedy

    “NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION”  was a favourite line in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and I do hope nobody expects me to know much about said Inquisition. I do believe that Spaniards of Moorish and Jewish origin, many of whom had converted to Christianity under the influence of conscience or the threat of burning at […]

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Brexit and facing the facts

It’s getting near, isn’t it? October, that is – we’re heading towards the latter part of July, which leaves August, September, October. That’s it. Three months to solve the Brexit brain-teaser. In matters of this kind, there’s a great temptation to deceive ourselves, because to face up to the reality is too scary. That’s what […]

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LAPDOG   BITES   BULLDOG (1) by Perkin Warbeck

        Anam an Diabhail ! Arch-Anglophile Fintan O Toole has become quite the model of a modern Anglophobe of late. Deora Íosa ! Tree-hugger O Toole morphs into Slugger O Toole. His latest lash at ‘D’Auld Enemy’ took the form of nutting both BoJo and Dav under the head-banging heading: Britain has gone to huge […]

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Gregory and Nelson speak out boldly

There was a time when politicians in Ireland lived in fear of saying or doing something that would earn them ‘the belt of a crozier’ – a Catholic bishop criticizing them in public. Gregory Campbell of the DUP has no such fears. In fact, on the Irish Examiner’s website yesterday, he’s the one that’s doing the belting, […]

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BREXIT – ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON by Donal Kennedy

A couple of  years ago, by a wafer-thin majority British voters indicated that they wished the United Kingdom to leave the European Community. In 1970 they had elected a Government which favoured joining the Common Market and in 1975 had, by  referendum shown that they wanted to stay in it. In the UK the Queen […]

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