Tag Archives | BREXIT

The DUP and that old-time border

Does the DUP want a hard border? Most of us would rather not think about the answer, but it’s vital we do. Unfortunately, it seems the answer is Yes. And No.   Let’s start with No. Even the most economically illiterate DUPer knows that a hard border will make life on this island markedly more […]

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Noel Whelan tells Sinn Féin what to do

In his article in today’s Irish Times  (‘Sinn Féin must end abstentionism’) ( Noel Whelan shows that he’s not very good at counting MPs and even less versed in  policies north of the border. Whelan  rightly accepts that Sinn Féin cannot end their policy of Westminster abstentionism, since they were elected on an abstentionist mandate. But he urges […]

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Leo and Mary Lou: two new leaders

Normally when a political party replaces an ageing leader with a leader in his/prime, the expectation is that this will give the party a bounce. People will see the new leader the way we look on the first snow-drops or a tentative daffodil tip pushing clear of the soil: something new and fresh and maybe […]

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Empathy with unionism: a scary experience

Not many people do empathy. I mean the Full Empathy, where you put yourself as completely as possible in the skull of someone else and try to see the world from their point of view. I’ve been driven to this notion of empathy recently by the small matter of James Brokenshire,  British Secretary of State […]

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Charlie and Bertie: twin towers of southern wisdom

Brendan Behan thought that the one thing capable of making a bad situation worse was the arrival of a policeman. If he were alive today, he might want to add “Or a dim-witted comment from a major Fine Gael/Fianna Fail politician.” What kind of dim-witted comment you ask, Virginia? In the case of C Flanagan, […]

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Martina and what she asked Theresa to do with the border

I’ve just finished taking part in a discussion with Edwina Currie  on the Nolan radio show, where we were talking about Martina Anderson’s recent speech in the European Parliament. As you probably know by now,  the speech drew attention, not primarily because Martina was talking about the impact of Brexit on the border here, but […]

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‘Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE’ by Joe McVeigh

  I listened into some of the Sean O’Rourke programme from Castleblaney last Friday. It was about the impact of Brexit on the social and  economic life of the border area. Some weeks ago, I was asked by the producers, Tara Campbell and Alistair McConnell, to take part in this programme. I agreed and spoke […]

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