The disdain directed at experts during the Brexit campaign — and in today’s “divorce” negotiations — might have prepared Britain’s civil service for the resignation of the permanent secretary at the British Home Office, Philip Rutnam, following an unprecedented row with his political boss, the polarising Priti Patel.
Last week’s survey showing that almost two thirds of public service workers might vote for parties they had not supported before if they were promised pay increases above inflation was as revealing as it was depressing.
Gerard Ryan of the Church of Scientology’s Mission of Dublin makes so many factual errors in his letter ( Letters, February 4) denouncing me. He writes: “Mr Sweeney’s false claims were put to the Supreme Court in the UK in 2013.” Not true.
Contrary to what John Sweeney claims ( ‘Why Scientology is so alien to me’, February 3) the core teachings (not beliefs) of Scientology are contained in the 18 basic books and 15 audio lecture series that constitute the foundations of our religion.
IT’S good to know our national broadcaster takes nothing at face value. They don’t just swallow the testimony of the thousands of leading scientists who have contributed to the work of the International Panel on Climate Change.
It’s definitely a novel way to spend a week off. Today FM broadcaster Matt Cooper is in North Korea as part of documentary crew covering a basketball game stuffed with former NBA stars, and coinciding with the birthday of leader Kim Jong-un.
Sometimes it’s very hard to see the wood from the trees, and in a society — and a world — struggling to come to terms with frightening unemployment figures, falling incomes, globalisation, and lives corralled by unmanageable debt, that, naturally, may be even more difficult.