Tortoise Traffic Bombing

15 Oct

Media grand panjandrum, James Harding, was just on Politics Live lauding the merits of Tortoise Media and the untapped demand for slow news. Despite all their millions raised, wall-to-wall coverage in the broadsheets, and endless boosting from the BBC, “Centrist Dad Media” is not winning readers. According to analytics data from SimilarWeb their visitor numbers barely a […]

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Spain Sentences Catalonian Politicians For ‘Rebellion’

15 Oct

A fortnight ago, British Remainers were claiming Boris adding four days onto parliament’s conference recess was akin to a dictatorship. Guido has been surprised to see total silence from those same people over an EU State Government using the EU Arrest Warrant to pursue Catalonian separatists for holding a referendum against the wishes of the […]

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Thornberry Furiously Denies Corbyn’s Anti-NATO Past

15 Oct

During an Emergency Question on Turkey in the Commons, Raab raised the importance of the role of NATO, fairly going on to remind the house about Corbyn’s prominent anti-NATO past. As the video shows, Thornberry began spitting feathers over Raab’s audacity to cite the past stated positions of the Leader of the Labour Party… As […]

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Standards Committee to Finally Rule on Vaz Rent Boy Scandal

15 Oct

Three years after being reported to the House of Commons authorities – and stretching over the tenures of two different Standards Commissioners – Guido hears this week the Standards Committee are finally due to rule on Keith ‘Jim’ Vaz’s 2016 cocaine and rent boy scandal. Until now, attempts to scrutinise Vaz’s behaviour have been blocked […]

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Former Playboy Model Enters Croatian Presidential Race

15 Oct

Former Playboy model Ava Karabatić has announced she is standing to be Croatia’s next president in the country’s January presidential election, in 97 days time. Her policy platform includes legalising marijuana, prostitution, and introducing sex education in schools… In her announcement blog, Ava thanks her fans for sending in photoshopped images of her in governmental […]

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Boris Takes 4% Lead Over Labour in Wales

15 Oct

Boris has taken a lead in the Labour heartlands of Wales according to a new YouGov poll, which would see the Tories picking up 17 constituencies – in comparison to their current eight… The poll finds Brexit will dominate the hypothetical election, with 56% of Welsh voters calling Brexit the most important election issue, and 89% […]

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Extinction Rebellion Encampments Declared Illegal By Police

15 Oct

The Metropolitan Police last night declared that all Extinction Rebellion protests must cease as they brought in new restrictions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act. The order came in as the number of protesters arrested for obstructing highways and other crimes neared 1,500. The last main central London site in Trafalgar Square was […]

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“it’s to this base level that the culture wars eventually reduce everyone…”

15 Oct

One of the best arguments for getting everyone back to Stormont is the old adage, “the devil makes work for idle hands”. Our capacity for winding each other up seems to see no bounds. Colm Eastwood didn’t mince his words yesterday: …the last 1000 days has been an abject failure. Hospital waiting lists are growing, children are not having their special educational needs met in our classrooms, vulnerable people are facing crippling debt if welfare is not sorted. By any … Read more

The curve of inequality and the Brexit Way

15 Oct

Between 1976 and 2018, income inequality rose almost every year: the richest 0.1% now take 67 times the mean income. But this may have already begun to change as Brexit encourages the best-off to move elsewhere or reduce the value of their assets. Danny Dorling (University of Oxford) looks at how Leave-voting areas outside London will be worst hit by […]

Borders in the mind: And the enduring question of identity…

15 Oct

Growing up a Catholic in Northern Ireland, I had no doubt that I was Irish. I have an Irish name. An early memory is learning to write my full name as Gaeilge. At my Catholic primary school I learned Irish, céilidh dancing and the Irish national anthem. I recited poems in Irish at ‘Feiseanna’ in predominantly Catholic towns. However, I also recited poems in English and danced ballet at ‘Festivals’ in predominantly Protestant towns. At my convent boarding school, thanks … Read more

Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History (episode 6) – Mid-Ulster UVF gang members who avoided being charged for murder (Tuesday 15 October at 9pm on BBC One NI and BBC Four) #TheTroubles #SpotlightNI

15 Oct

The penultimate episode of Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History asks why some UVF members of a Mid-Ulster gang escaped prosecution – confronting an alleged prolific serial killer – and asks whether there was a deliberate loyalist strategy to kill family members of committed republicans during the late 1980s and early 1990s, during what is described as “the final burst of violence” before the ceasefires? Tuesday evening at 9pm on BBC One NI and BBC Four.

Why the Irish Taoiseach has a vested interest in keeping the UK locked into EU economic structures

14 Oct

The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has played a strong hand in the Brexit negotiations, bringing in both the Good Friday Agreement and any possible border friction, real or imagined, to try to keep the UK locked into the EU’s economic structure throughout any transition period and then in perpetuity through a future UK/EU Free Trade […]

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A short primer for Philip Hammond on the benefits of free trade deals

14 Oct

The news concerning the negotiations is at present confusing. Different sides put out different leaks and we all remain none the wiser. However the EU is at least engaging seriously with the UK and for the present that has given a number of people hope that something can be agreed. How strange, then, that at […]

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We should be suspicious of an anti-democratic EU now creating its own fighting force

14 Oct

A strange feeling overcame me last week in Brussels. I felt, for the first time, repulsed by all for which the EU stands. Until now I had, admittedly unthinkingly, laboured under the illusion that, whatever its failings as an institution, the EU is part of the fabric of liberal western democracies. I had always known […]

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