In the run-up to the Convention, the Democratic party had two significant concerns. First, there were the fears of disunity between the various wings of the party, and then, worries over Biden's potential for gaffs or looking like he was "mentally shot." At least these were the concerns debated on the major television networks and … Continue reading A Return to Hope- The Democratic National Convention 2020
There was more controversy in Irish politics last week when two Green party ministers failed to vote with the new government that they have just agreed to support. A Fianna Fail TD, Willie O'Dea, was annoyed that the new Green ministers got away with a slight reprimand, a gentle slap on the wrist, and were … Continue reading Sit, Act and Vote- A Relic to a Bygone Era.
Everything has changed. It has happened very quickly. Things that were important no longer matter. The Premier League, the NBA, the Euro's, the golf (Masters, PGA tour, the Ryder Cup), and the Olympic games all centerpieces of the 2020 calendar are suspended, postponed, or canceled. Other major cultural and leisure activities have also not happened … Continue reading All Changed-Changed Utterly.A New Normal.
Up until this point, the democratic debates haven't been very enlightening as there have been far too many candidates on the stage, so topics got little more than a superficial treatment. There were, broadly speaking, two distinct camps, (1) the progressive camp and (2) the moderate camp. The significant difference between the two camps was … Continue reading Democrat Debate (Nevada 2020)
Irish people have a problem. The political system is broke. The 2020 campaign is well underway; however, despite people carefully choosing a candidate to vote for, they have no idea what the government will be once the votes are counted. It is almost certain that no party will win an overall majority, so the new … Continue reading The Irish General Election 2020
"Oh Jeremy Corbyn, Oh Jeremey Corbyn…." was sung at the Labour leaders rallies and even by football supporters at premier league games. It was believed that he was creating a "youthquake" that would shock the Tories and ensure that Boris Johnson's reign as British Prime Minister would be a very short one. Now, after the … Continue reading The British General Election, 2019 (The Brexit Election)
As the early results of the 2016 election came in, it looked like the United States was indeed about to have its first female President. The networks were calling the early reporting states on the East coast for Hillary Clinton. The talking heads on T.V. had some discussion about the margin of her lead being … Continue reading Why did Trump win the 2016 Election?
As we walked back to the car after I collected my daughter from school, she began telling me about her day. "We had a lockdown drill today, dad." "How was that?" I asked. "It sucks," was her reply. After I had a little chuckle to myself over her use of the Americanism, "it sucks" I … Continue reading Why America is Not Great (Part 1)
"Are people's teeth in Ireland as bad as the rest of the UK?", my child's larger than life dentist asked me. We were meeting him for a consultation to see if our daughter needed to get braces. He admitted that he was quite shocked at how crooked teeth were in the UK. He said it … Continue reading Socialised Medicine vs Private Insurance