It’s 70 years since the death of prophet of doom / visionary genius (delete according to taste) George Orwell. As supposedly grown-up countries bow down to and elect right-wing authoritarians, you imagine Orwell not so much turning in his grave as on an advanced spin cycle.
Mon, 27 Jan, 2020
How apt it is that a statue outside the London headquarters of the BBC is of George Orwell, since it’s possible that his 1946 essay Politics and the English Language has not been read by those in the corporation’s upper echelons whose job it is to advise reporters on the words they should if, at all possible, avoid using.
Thu, 13 Jun, 2019
Fri, 13 Jul, 2018
The death of Winnie Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of revolutionary Nelson Mandela, does not seem to be causing much grief for her previous supporters (having listened to a Dunnes Stores worker, who had taken part in the South Africa produce boycott of 1984, on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland).
Mon, 09 Apr, 2018
The depth of rage that swept over me this week after gardaí apologised to the woman at the centre of the Kerry Babies tribunal, one of the most shameful episodes in recent Irish legal history, can’t be adequately described, writes
Sat, 20 Jan, 2018
Sat, 14 Nov, 2015
When Maryam Namazie, a world renowned Iranian human rights activist cancelled her proposed lecture on “Apostasy and the rise of Islamism”, to the Society for International Affairs (SoFIA) in Trinity College Dublin, on Monday, March 23, she explained that Trinity security officials decided her address was “one sided” and antagonistic to “Muslim students”.
Thu, 26 Mar, 2015