Journalism Articles

The new Northern Ireland Office minister is a Gay Catholic Tory who will listen to unionist fears

Before I get on to two subjects with which I hope to cheer up at least some of my readers, just a few words about something else. Published: 21 September 2021 The media’s seemed to me to show extraordinary lack of compassion about the unexpected death of the prime...

Gove is learning to his cost that we’ve lost the art of debating

People don't say what they mean in debating societies. They speak to provoke, entertain and win arguments Published: 14 September 2021 They seek to suck all the joy out of life, these new Puritans. Consider the Lib Dem response to the airing on Monday of a few old...

Both Sinn Fein and the SNP fuel divisions and search for grievances

I always scan letters to newspapers. Published: 14 September 2021 Contributors know they have to be brief to be published, so they often can sum up very pithily what columnists tease out at much greater length. This, last week, in the Irish Sunday Independent,...

The emphasis of care for the elderly should be on leaving people their independence as long as possible

The media are full of arguments about how to fund social care, the NHS’s poor relation. Published: 8 September 2021 From the beginning of the pandemic, we were told of carnage in care homes, of a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that put staff and...

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