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Fair or Fixed? World Cup 2018 gets off to a dodgy start

By Undercoverofthewrite

So, finally it is with us, the football World Cup, 2018 edition. And what a start! The tournament got off to a real flier with the host nation (Russia, in case you’ve been on another planet these last few weeks) giving Saudi Arabia a real pasting with a 5-0 win. 1,158 more words


Conservative Apocalypse? A Risk Assessment for Conservative Constituencies.

Note 1: This article was first published in Country Squire Magazine on 8th June 2018.

Note 2: Schedules 1 and 2 which are lists of Conservative MPs who have been classified under this report as being either at high risk, or at moderate risk of losing their seats has been redacted from this edition. 5,928 more words


What Pirate-Captain Entities Should Be Doing for Democracy

There is a keen fascination among young men particularly at leading schools and universities around the world with the “captain-pirate” mode of rebellion or disobedience against the injustices and excesses of the status quo in society. 739 more words

Grimot Nane

A Sad Passing

I had intended to write on a completely different topic than that which I now offer.  I must now, with great sadness of heart, report on the death of a dear friend, a friend with whom I interacted closely for much of my life.  688 more words

To which Constitution do we owe our allegiance – the one in our heads or the one on paper?

Over the past fifteen years or so, I have had occasion to read quite a number of articles, editorials, and letters to the editor concerning a variety of issues where constitutionality was drawn into question.  676 more words

The formats of recent #8thRef debates makes the case to set up an independent electoral commission now.

This piece was written for Broadsheet.ie and appeared online on Tuesday May 15th 2018, on the morning after RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Show debate on the abortion referendum: see  1,243 more words



An IST op-ed

My better half was watching a retro movie the other day entitled “Tribes” starring Darren McGavin about the USMC and a mystical wonder child that the Drill Sargent tried to break and could not….all so early 70’s…..and typical TV drama of the day. 787 more words