Author Jude Collins

A tale of three ferrets

Two – no, three political dramas unfolding this weekend. In Britain, Gordon Brown is being savaged by his own party, who are shit-scared that they’re going to go down with him at the next election and are hoping against hope that maybe, somehow, someone else will mean there’ll be less Labour blood on the walls […]

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Europe calling…

I’ve just realised the European election results won’t come in until Sunday night/Monday, which is a pain in the EU BUM, as I’d been looking forward to Friday and watching a series of politicians squirming as they try explain away d-e-f-e-a-t. Grotesque, but no more grotesque than some of the things being said in the […]

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Europe calling…

I’ve just realised the European election results won’t come in until Sunday night/Monday, which is a pain in the EU BUM, as I’d been looking forward to Friday and watching a series of politicians squirming as they try explain away d-e-f-e-a-t. Grotesque, but no more grotesque than some of the things being said in the […]

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Ending Up in Irish

We had our final Irish class of the year last Tuesday. Since last September I’ve been travelling over to Ionad Uibh Eachach, off the Falls Road, with my friends Hugh and Dessie. They’re in their seventies, I’m in my sixties, and I’d like to think that our presence in the Beginners’ Class for Irish is […]

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Ending Up in Irish

We had our final Irish class of the year last Tuesday. Since last September I’ve been travelling over to Ionad Uibh Eachach, off the Falls Road, with my friends Hugh and Dessie. They’re in their seventies, I’m in my sixties, and I’d like to think that our presence in the Beginners’ Class for Irish is […]

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Hold out your hand, you naughty Minister

I note that fair-minded organ The Irish News is gunning for Caitriona Ruane, the Education Minister. The timing of the attack is of course totally coincidental and nothing to do with the fact that there’s a European election coming up in a couple of weeks’ time. Caitriona has made the mistake of taking her daughter […]

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Hold out your hand, you naughty Minister

I note that fair-minded organ The Irish News is gunning for Caitriona Ruane, the Education Minister. The timing of the attack is of course totally coincidental and nothing to do with the fact that there’s a European election coming up in a couple of weeks’ time. Caitriona has made the mistake of taking her daughter […]

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They get simply the best

It’s odd the people who sometimes point the way to an obvious but ignored truth. If you haven’t been deafened by the yelps of indignation from the newspapers (take a particularly deep bow, Daily Telegraph) and other media sources about MPs and their expenses, then you must be doing something very, very absorbing (and probably […]

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