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Tweet Hooray. There is still a role for newspapers. The Guardian proves it with their balancing coverage of the early obsequies for Nelson Mandela who it might be thought is one of their natural heroes. Restoring a human dimension after the hours of adulation and longueurs of 24/7 TV news is Simon Jenkins’ column and […] more »
Tweet The first thing to remember about John Larkin is that he’s an advocate. Barristers make ingenious cases whether they believe in them or not. In 2002, he was the Peter Robinson’s counsel before the law lords arguing – unsuccessfully as it happens – that the election of the FMDFM was legally invalid after the […] more »
Tweet I was in Tesco this morning when I saw my friend the Guardian veteran Mike White talking on a Sky screen with the sound turned down low. I read the captions. John Cole had died. I’d heard John was failing. I’d last met him a couple of years ago at a Lords reception for John Laird’s […] more »
Tweet A new article in the November edition of the Modern Law Review by Hannah Quirk (£), describes an approach quite different from that of the historians of Arkiv. The article explores the “neglected” area of miscarriages of justice and suggests these may be much more extensive than previously realised. The level of appeals for […] more »
Tweet No, Not Crocodile Dundee’s soon to be ex -wife but the vice provost of Trinity College Dublin. A real Sunday flyer From the Sunday Times (£) SHE may be a woman, married, a feminist and only 49, but an Irish theologian called Linda Hogan is being tipped as the Vatican’s first lady in red. […] more »
Grammar schools not singled out for funding cuts but state (mainly Protestant) schools are hit hardest
Tweet I hope that I’m not the only one who’s finding it difficult to follow how schools will be affected by Sir Robert Salisbury’s the review of common funding for schools. On Thursday the Irish News reported: The Irish News this week revealed that 60 of the north’s 68 grammar schools would receive extra cash […] more »
Tweet Following the historians’ pitch from Arkiv, it’s the turn of the lawyers. Prof Kieran McEvoy in the Irish Times makes the case I agree with, for a conditional amnesty as part of truth recovery. He makes the telling point that the historical cases review is unlikely to lead to more than a handful of […] more »
Tweet It’s heart warming to find some of the ideas I’ve been grappling with being taken forward with real authority and integrity. As reported in the Newsletter a firm and positive set of proposals for dealing with the past has been submitted to the Haass talks by a group of historians calling themselves Arkiv. The […] more »
Tweet As an occasional live attender in the past, for me this was a first for the BBC’s Reith Lectures, normally an austere and rather forbidding event. Whoops, cheers and whistles greeted the cross dressing artist and potter Grayson Perry in Londonderry Guildhall for the third in this year’s series, Nice Rebellion Welcome in! (text pending […] more »
Tweet When Alastair Campbell issues a warning people should sit up and take notice, even today. You do get this sense across the spectrum that it is not a priority. They have got to be careful about that. “[John] Major made it a priority, Blair made it an absolute priority. He was like a dog […] more »
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