Politics’

22 Apr 19
Spinions by Shaun

The prequel trilogy of Star Wars is one of those series of movies that I can remember alot of, even though I haven’t really watched them since they were first released on home media. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself becoming more and more fascinated by some of the smaller parts of the […]

22 Apr 19
Worthy Thoughts

Felice Arena has captured a time in history that should not be forgotten but more than that he has taken facts and created a gripping and emotional narrative.

22 Apr 19
Writing 2 Blog

In United States’ politics this week, a report about their leader was released. It was, to my understanding, about potential crimes the leader may have committed. However, when I tried to read the report, I found an incredibly redacted version. Upon further research, I discovered that the government made only that file public to everyone. […]

22 Apr 19
The Roaring Bookworm

I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like The Fever King. It’s a vast, complex, multi-layered book that takes about five different plot threads and runs with them until you’re struggling to keep up. It’s a young adult dystopian queer fantasy (try saying that with a mouth full of marshmallows), and it makes for some gripping […]

22 Apr 19
Zambia Reports

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has scored a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. With nearly all ballots counted in the run-off vote, Mr Zelensky had taken more than 73% with incumbent Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind on 24%. “I will never let you down,” Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters. Mr Poroshenko, who admitted defeat […]

22 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
IN football and hurling the Holy Grail is the five in a row. Many have tried, most famously Kerry in 1982 and Kilkenny in 2010, but all have failed. Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy and Leo Varadkar Kerry’s John Egan against Offaly’s Stephen Darby Though he is not a natural GAA fan as Dublin essay their attempt at immortality, Leo would be well wise to examine how they fare as he prepares for his own shot at a different ­variant of glory. The Taoiseach might also be wise to consider the fate of Kerry in 1982 when plotting his next move. Of course, he is not going for the five in a row for, surprisingly, politicians are somewhat more modest in their definition of immortality. The three in a row is their test of greatness and understandably so, for since the fabled age of de Valera and Lemass only Bertie Ahern has achieved it. And Fine Gael, for so long the serial great under-achievers of Irish politics, have never done so. Their fate has eternally been to be cast out of office at the first chance the voters get once the Fine Gael nannies have cleaned up after the Fianna Fail party. Now though, under Leo, Fine Gael are aiming at their own three in a row where outside of being the manager, rather like Bertie in his prime, Leo is the full back, centre back, midfielder, centre forward and full forward. And suddenly the game is in the balance. LEO, HOWEVER, DITHERED, FALTERED, TWISTED This has all come as a bit of a shock, for up to November the Fine Gael team looked as though they would glide back into power. Such was the bumptious level of certainty the Fine Gael ‘Posh Boys’ were only short of walking around the Dail in Fine Gael three in a row T-shirts. Had Fine Gael gone for the kill then, they would be in the box seats now. Leo, however, dithered, faltered, twisted, shaped to shoot and didn’t shoot and now he is not in control of the political ball any more. In a sense Fine Gael’s position resembles Jim Gavin’s Dublin team. The Dubs are still favourites, but they have started to lose games. Of course, it’s only the league but Dublin never used to lose games. The opposition are not any better but suddenly it is being noted that Dublin are no longer a young team. They are in that dangerous zone where they are getting old together. And the Posh Boys too are starting to look a little leggy. The next election may be Leo’s first run at the political merry-go-round, but Fine Gael have been in power for eight years. We have noted before that Bertie experienced his own eight-year itch where everything he did went wrong. Suddenly Leo is facing his own eight-year scratching process minus the ongoing artillery fire of tax-cuts and welfare increases that Bertie poured into the fray. Of course, Fianna Fail and Micheal Martin do not look too threatening. But Bertie was coursed to the edge of defeat by an equally unthreatening Enda Kenny. THEY HAVE LOST THE CAPACITY TO DUMMY THE ELECTORATE And the problem for Leo is that Fine Gael have, like Jim Gavin’s Dublin, lost the element of surprise. Like any team that has been on top for too long they have lost the capacity to dummy the electorate. In Fine Gael’s case, for a brief period, they might have fooled the voters into believing Fine Gael were finally for the working men and women. But the reign of the Posh Boys has revealed Fine Gael are, as always, for the Lord Snooty wing of society. They are the party of barristers rather than baristas. For now, Fine Gael remain in front of Fianna Fail. The latter’s performance up to recently has been redolent of the drama which befell Jim Gavin’s Kerry predecessors in 1982. Back then the great GAA commentator Micheal O’Hehir scolded Offaly for “dillying and dallying” moments before the fatal final high ball was launched into the Kerry square. In our less glamorous modern battle Fine Gael, like Kerry in 1982, are still ahead. The problem for Fine Gael though is that, like Kerry in 1982, they have been giving away soft frees over fouls like broadband and the Children’s Hospital. The nightmare for Fine Gael is that having led for so long they are now vulnerable. The sense is that they are tired. They are ageing by years by the minute. The non-government that is confidence and supply has gone on a little too long. The old cohesion is going. Passes are being missed, the ball is going more and more often to their opponents. [article-rail-section title=”Most Read in News” posts_category=”2″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Of course, a late goal in the 1982 final meant it was too late for Fine Gael, apologies, Kerry to win. Leo had better hope he won’t have his three in a row stolen in an equally dramatic fashion. Given that the referees which will decide his fate are Labour and the Green Party, the three in a row may be far more uncertain than anyone thinks. [boxout headline=”Car-azy times” featured-image=”4010981″] We would never dare to say that our TDs are divorced from ­reality. But even for our man behind the bar the comment by one TD about the jumble of cars enjoying the free parking came close. As our man snapped, “we need a car valet to sort this place out’’ — we hoped briefly they might be joking. Of course, they weren’t. Mind you, they didn’t come close to the former Fianna Fail minister Joe Walsh, left, who, on a return to civilian life, was confronted by the great task of purchasing a car park ticket. Suffice it to say the whole process did not go well. And then you wonder why the country is not going well.[/boxout] Seanad revolt REVOLUTION took place in the Seanad last week where the Government’s attempt to force through the Judicial Council Bill was left in a heap. Another revolt occurred in the previous week when Fine Gael Seanad Leader Jerry Buttimer attempted to adjourn the house at a time where hot food would not be available for Senators. Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer Michael McDowell and David Norris led the charge to the canteen as the Government was defeated on the chairman’s casting vote. Apparently, like the army, gentlemen Senators only march on a full stomach. The bad news for our government is that the success of our Senators has enhanced the appetite for revolt. Where will it all end and will anyone notice where that will be? [boxout headline=”Tedium for Flan” featured-image=”4010997″]THE chief victim of the Seanad war over the Shane Ross Judicial Council Bill of course is Charlie Flanagan, left, the Justice Minister who has now spent 88 hours of his life dealing with this. Sadly, closeness hasn’t enhanced affection. Instead Charlie recently stated the reason he was not bringing in Amendments was “due to the tedium of the current debate”. The mood darkened further when, after Charlie bewailed the fact that he had “been in the Seanad for almost 100 hours on this stage”, Michael McDowell sharply observed tedium “is a novel reason for abandoning a policy”. All our man behind the bar could say is “boys boys, stop before someone gets hurt”. Actually, on second thought, keep going. [/boxout]
22 Apr 19
OpIndia

No FIR against Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters has been lodged in this connection so far

22 Apr 19
The European Sting - Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology - europeansting.com

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Lucas Gheller Machado, a 18 years old and he courses the second year of medicine. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

22 Apr 19
THE OPEN VIEW

Kiev (Ukraine) : A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, drawing congratulations from global leaders while dealing a stunning rebuke to his country’s political establishment. Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73.2 percent […]

22 Apr 19
Brandturks

Rajneeti ki Pathshala conducted a workshop on awareness of Indian Politics Bollywood, Cricket and Politics are three favourite topics of every Indian, we want to have good leaders and parties but forget to practice what we preach. Rajneeti ki Pathshala is an initiative started by Mr. Ajay Pandey which is a team of people who […]

22 Apr 19
Vital Signs and Statistics

What is the future of multiculturalism and American diversity now that Barack Obama is no longer President? And what is the future of the United Church of Christ (UCC) as a multiracial and multicultural church? As I write these words, it has been two-and-a-half years since Donald J. Trump came down that gilded escalator in […]

22 Apr 19
IXVY

Aims to Re-energize Education Advocates with Focus on Better Student Outcomes Chicago, IL –  Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation, today announced that its board of directors unanimously approved Chris Stewart as the organization’s new CEO, effective May 1. Stewart currently serves as the chief executive of Wayfinder Foundation, and […]