Suzanne (and Nick) take you down

Caught up in the sobbing despair of this year’s Christmas travel and the financial apocalypse that our politicians have allowed to happen in 2009, it’s easy to forget we have reasons to rejoice in our blessings. One example: the quality of the press, both in Britain and in Ireland. Despite the temptation to be caught […]

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Suzanne (and Nick) take you down

Caught up in the sobbing despair of this year’s Christmas travel and the financial apocalypse that our politicians have allowed to happen in 2009, it’s easy to forget we have reasons to rejoice in our blessings. One example: the quality of the press, both in Britain and in Ireland. Despite the temptation to be caught […]

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Peace on earth and pass the ammunition

I usually manage to avoid QE2’s Christmas Day message to Her country and Her Commonwealth, but this year I came into the living-room and there it was, on, before I’d time to grab the zapper and zap it over to The Incredibles or whatever rubbish movie was playing on another channel. For a full ten […]

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Peace on earth and pass the ammunition

I usually manage to avoid QE2’s Christmas Day message to Her country and Her Commonwealth, but this year I came into the living-room and there it was, on, before I’d time to grab the zapper and zap it over to The Incredibles or whatever rubbish movie was playing on another channel. For a full ten […]

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Low and lower

As I write it’s Christmas Eve and I’m reluctant to intertwine the arrival of the saviour of the world with the stinky world of journalism, but there are a couple of examples of how stories should NOT be reported that cry out to heaven for comment. Stinky Story 1: The Irish Times a day or […]

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Low and lower

As I write it’s Christmas Eve and I’m reluctant to intertwine the arrival of the saviour of the world with the stinky world of journalism, but there are a couple of examples of how stories should NOT be reported that cry out to heaven for comment. Stinky Story 1: The Irish Times a day or […]

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The Great Whore of Babylon

I was on BBC Radio Ulster on ‘Sunday Sequence’ two days ago, discussing the Murphy Report and the fall-out thereof. The man discussing it with me was Wallace Thompson, who is secretary to the Evangelical Protestant Society, and who has issued a statement saying there needs to be a thorough-going investigation of the Catholic Church […]

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The Great Whore of Babylon

I was on BBC Radio Ulster on ‘Sunday Sequence’ two days ago, discussing the Murphy Report and the fall-out thereof. The man discussing it with me was Wallace Thompson, who is secretary to the Evangelical Protestant Society, and who has issued a statement saying there needs to be a thorough-going investigation of the Catholic Church […]

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The family way

And so the Gerry Adams/ child sexual abuse saga rumbles on, gathering muck on its wheels. Today’s Irish News comes hard on the heels of Saturday’s Irish Times with a front-page story on Mr Adams’s (of COURSE they mispunctuated it as ‘Adams’ ‘ – what do you think they are, literate?) father’s abuse of his […]

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The family way

And so the Gerry Adams/ child sexual abuse saga rumbles on, gathering muck on its wheels. Today’s Irish News comes hard on the heels of Saturday’s Irish Times with a front-page story on Mr Adams’s (of COURSE they mispunctuated it as ‘Adams’ ‘ – what do you think they are, literate?) father’s abuse of his […]

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