Originally posted on The Secret Barrister:
No time can be afforded in 2019 to respect the dead. Not when there’s an election at stake, and the tantalising prospect of scoring cheap political points winks coyly at you from a special advisor’s email. So it is that, within 24 hours after the killings by Usman Khan at London Bridge, politicians have lined up in descending order of deplorability to exploit the tragedy for their own ends. The Prime Minister obviously went first, leaping in front of Sky cameras last night to claim: ” I have long argued that it is a… Continue reading 10 things you should know about the London Bridge attacker and “early release”
Tomorrow the Church of Ireland starts its celebration of 150 years since it was disestablished. There will be a service in the National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Patrick, Dublin. What has surprised me is the choice of preacher … Continue reading 150 years since disestablishment: can the Archbishop of Canterbury learn from Ireland?
Hardly surprisingly, I am disgusted with the Conservative Party over their dirty tricks of creating a website purporting to be the Labour Manifesto (published by the Conservative Party). If you really want to see the Labour Party’s manifesto for the … Continue reading Conservative dirty tricks continue in UK General Election
When you move from one country to another, you find that all the systems of doing things are different. All the public bodies are different and slowly you begin to understand to whom you should report faults. Today, I learned that there is a handy tool for reporting faults like faulty street lights, graffiti, broken footpaths, etc if you live in Ireland. It can be found at https://fixmystreet.ie/ I have today highlighted that there is a faulty street light on Station Road in Portarlington. We’ll see how long it takes for Laois County Council to come and fix it. Continue reading Handy reporting tool for local faults: fixmystreet.ie
Growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles continues to impact your life in ways that may seem strange to others. This afternoon, my nurse was preparing to give me the Venofer injection which helps to refulate iron in my body. As she did so she was humming the tune to Harry Chapin’s Cats in the Cradle song. Immediately, my thoughts turned to the advertisement that we saw in the North for the Confidential Telephone line as part of the campaign against terrorism, I said to the nurse about it – she had no idea about what I was talking. … Continue reading A song casts a shadow from Northern Ireland’s past
Today on International Men’s Day I’m sharing this video created by students from @thesouthwestcollege which highlights the issue of male domestic abuse. If you need support please contact your local police. #InternationalMensDay Men’s Action Network NI The Rainbow Project Nexus_NI Victim Support NI Men’s Advisory Project Continue reading #soberingmoment
Last Saturday, the Labour Party held its conference in Mullingar. The conference’s theme was Building an Equal Society, which surely is what the Labour movement is all about across the world. Labour has set out their core goals: a Living … Continue reading Building an equal society
In the last few years, Andrew and I have moved from Belfast to Gibraltar, from Gibraltar to Dublin, and from Dublin to the Irish midlands. Through all of those moves, I have had some boxes that have remained more or … Continue reading Decluttering – a difficult job for me
Sorting through some books and I found a copy of The Hackney Scout Song Book which once belonged to my grandfather. It is just the right size to go in a pocket. It even has a supplement of Hymns for … Continue reading Remembering two Johns.
It is nearly three-and-a-half years since the UK voted in its Referendum on Leaving the European Union. Since then the way to leave has been debated in may guises in the British Parliament. There appears to be a stalemate at present, the British Prime Minister has sent a letter (which he claims is Parliament’s Letter) to the EU seeking an extension to the deadline for “Exit Day”. The EU has now said that there can be an extension but they are not saying by how long (well not yet). British MPs will be asked to vote on Monday to vote … Continue reading Could a No Deal still happen?