TRIPE, TREASON AND THE IRISH TIMES by Donal Kennedy

≈ THE IRISH TIMES when it isn’t ventilating its ideas through its “left nostril” as my Lancashire spouse might say, is inclined to put the cart before the horse. It has a section headed Opinion and Analysis. I don’t agree with the idea that we need respect the opinions of ignorant or misinformed persons although […]

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I don’t mention you so you don’t exist

Contrary to anecdotal reports, people in the south do actually see those of us north of the border as fellow-countrymen and women. Depending on when polls are taken and how the question is framed, something over 60% in the south favour a reunited Ireland. This morning, the Irish Times  is aglow with the details of […]

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A Prince prepares…

Reporter: I believe you’re the proud father of a bonny boy, Your Royal Highness. HRH:  Of course I’m the father. What are you implying? Don’t forget I was in the Armed Forces, chum. My hands are lethal weapons. Reporter: No, no, so sorry, Your Royal Highness. I just wanted to congratulate you on behalf of […]

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LAPTOP BITES BULLDOG (40) by Perkin Warbeck

                                                LAPDOG   BITES   BULLDOG (40) Snakes and Ladders was  once a popular indoor board game for children of all ages, from five to frothy, back in the Fabulous Fifties. It originated in the Indian subcontinent (say hi! to Havelock) and ‘back to square one’ is a Hindi term which was duly civilised into Das Englisch […]

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I’m very tolerant – as long as you agree with me

Over decades of writing a political column, I have learnt that the one thing which can get people really upset is to state a fact or argue a case that doesn’t chime with current public thinking.  Don’t kid yourself that this is a tolerant age.  People are quite selective about what they’ll accept and not […]

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Local elections: níos fearr le céile?

Well, that was reasonably interesting. It didn’t have the colour and wit of the 2017 crocodile election, or the all-hands-on-deck tension of the Westminster election shortly thereafter. But it did provide food for thought. For republicans, the most striking thing about these local elections was that Sinn Féin didn’t make any notable advance, and at […]

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