Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness.
"When something 'arrives', in a popular culture sense," writes Luke Plunkett, (a journalist for Kotaku, "it's never to the tune of trumpets and a standing ovation."
There was an idea not so long ago, even among many Irish people, that it was time to move on from the past... Post-Brexit, however, I suspect this relatively recent sense of equanimity is being put to the test.
No civilization is authentic, monolithic, pure; the exact opposite is true.
As someone who moves in moderate circles, I have cause to talk to people on both the Left and Right of the political spectrum. With Brexit dominating the political sphere, I've already made several discussions of Brexit from a wide range of perspectives, but I was reminded the other day that plenty on the economic Left … Continue reading The EU is not a Neoliberal Organisation – no matter what the Left says
They say 24 hours is a long time in politics. They're right.
Traditional, supremely healthy, tasty and good for the environment, Brussels sprouts are one of Mother Nature’s wonderful gifts to the table. It’s time to lift them from their humble status, celebrate their goodness and appreciate them for the super food they really are.
Three broadly pro-European arguments against the notion of 'taking back control' from the 'evil overlords' in Brussels.
People are not defined neatly by one social issue. People who are advantaged in one social category may well also be disadvantaged in another. People are complicated like that. Fight systems, not individuals.
A Ukraine-plus arrangement could therefore be the deal that May is looking for – no European Court of Justice oversight, a trade deal that does not include free movement of people, room for third country agreements and security and defence collaborations. This could achieve most of May’s white paper objectives and appeal to the different factions in her party.