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Tweet Intriguing wee study reported in today’s Washington Post (and Daily Dish) comparing racial tolerance attitudes worldwide. From the WaPo: The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose “people of a different race.” The more [...] more »
Tweet *Updated below Before today Liverpool FC’s biggest problem was whether they could prevent Luis Suárez departing this summer. The guy is more than a genius; he’s a hard-working genius. They’re not common. Unfortunately for his employer, Liverpool Football Club, his manager, Carnlough’s Brendan Rogers and, not least, his opponent, Branislav Ivanovic, the reason he’s [...] more »
Tweet A rolling stone gathers no moss. And yet…The Guardian reports wise old owl Sir Stirling’s belief that “women do not have the mental aptitude for the sport”. (F1 being the sport in question.) “I think they have the strength, but I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel,” In [...] more »
Tweet No British figure will emerge in our lifttimes with the capacity to polarize debate quite like Margaret Thatcher. By forcing future Labour governments to embrace the market rather than the state as the central organizing locus of all productive and cultural life in Britain, Thatcher effectively ended tradition-left vs. right ideological debate domestically; indeed, [...] more »
Tweet Two weeks ago during a fleeting exchange with Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers I congratulated her on her government’s radical attempts to dismantle the UK’s bloated public sector and hard-earned welfare state before encouraging a bold expedition of the project where its need is greatest: Northern Ireland. On a personal and professional level Ms. Villiers [...] more »
Politicians will drift from one St Patrick’s gathering to the next until the tide goes out leaving everyone beached
Tweet “Many journalists have fallen for the conspiracy theory of government. I do assure you that they would produce more accurate work if they adhered to the cock-up theory.” Thatcher’s former press secretary Bernard Ingham. I’ve been ‘doing’ the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Week circuit more on than off for most of the last [...] more »
Tweet A common affliction suffered by intellectuals is their ability to think arguments through to their logical conclusions. US audiences watched a minor example unfold quite recently when self-styled libertarian Senator Rand Paul was honest enough to defend the implications of his intransigent commitment to restraining Federal Government activism: ‘principled’ opposition to the Civil Rights [...] more »
Tweet Alliance Party leader David Ford must have watched last December as British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a public apology for the unchecked, extra-judicial and murderous activities of the Force Research Unit (or FRU) in Ireland. Cameron lamented at the time that, “The collusion demonstrated beyond any doubt… is totally unacceptable”. The issue with [...] more »
Tweet The National Rifle Association is taking heat for releasing a new ad attacking President Obama’s attempts to curb citizens’ access to semi-automatic assault weapons. Many are upset at the NRA’s focus on the president’s daughters. Former Bush speech writer David Frum isn’t holding back: As the makers of the NRA ad should know, and [...] more »
Tweet It’s time to stop patronizing loyalists and tell the truth. You don’t haul down a flag in victory any more than you decommission weapons after winning a war. Trying to convince the angriest elements of the loyalist community otherwise only undermines the credibility of leaders and commentators alike. Yet politics is not an absolutist [...] more »
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