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May 29, 2015 8 Comments

Denis O’Brien injunction: what damage to Irish democracy?

It is fundamental. It is the bedrock of any society claiming to be democratic. And in the Republic of Ireland it has been wiped away at a stroke.

What our democratically elected representatives say in parliament is privileged. Whether it’s correct or not, the media can, should and must report it and more so where it is in the public interest.

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And Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien’s (pictured above) dealings with the publicly-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IRBC) are, many would argue, a matter of public interest.

Public money from the bank – said to be at least €500m. And public money going to Mr O’Brien in loans, and it’s claimed very favourable rates of interest on those loans, if what was said in the Irish Parliament is true.

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May 20, 2015 1 Comment

Hatton Garden heist: two Brians and a building site

“You’d have vans coming and going at all hours,” says one elderly neighbour, looking out at the manor of Brians Reader – Senior and Junior – now cordoned by blue and

May 9, 2015 41 Comments

Nicola Sturgeon: my 56 MPs will fight to end austerity

Below the Forth railway bridge, in front of her 56 Westminster MPs, Nicola Queen of Scots pledges to fight austerity – and fails to mention “independence” or

May 8, 2015 99 Comments

When will English politicians understand Scotland and the SNP?

How much longer does the English political establishment go on not only not getting it – but demonstrating with toe-curling embarrassment that they simply don’t get it.

Feeling threatened? Insults fired at the SNP

More insults raining down on the SNP tonight with the Labour hopeful in Glasgow South calling the party a “cult”. Curious for any person defending a 10,000+ “safe seat” to

May 5, 2015 13 Comments

What is the SNP doing to stamp out its problem fringe element?

Yesterday this correspondent suggested it was time the SNP named and shamed its extremist fringe. They’ve made a belated start to stamp it out – but could they do more?

Gordon Brown the footsoldier: could he pull it off again?

Barnstormer 2 – the sequel. The heroic – at least as far as unionists are concerned – Gordon Brown rides into Glasgow from Fife to sweep all before him in an impassioned plea to

May 4, 2015 28 Comments

Could SNP do more to ‘name and shame’ the fringe?

SNP activists claim Scottish Labour was behind a dark propaganda deed to wreck its own rally in Glasgow. Come on guys.

Jim Murphy confronts ‘the ugly face of nationalism’

Free speech was unquestionably denied in Glasgow today. It was shameful and it was perpetrated by people who say they will vote SNP.

May 1, 2015 1 Comment

Nicola Sturgeon: flying over Scotland with ‘TMDWIB’

Crossing the smooth waters of the Firth of Forth on May Day, I wanted to remind people how smooth this campaign has been for the SNP – the tough part starts Friday (if the polls are

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