https://www.irishtimes.com/world/uk/2022/07/19/janan-ganesh-western-democracy-has-a-personnel-problem/ As Janesh argues in the IT: The crisis of democracy is the crisis of the restaurant trade and of Heathrow airport. You just can’t get the staff. Worth reading in full
https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-navy-decommission-eithne-orla-ciara-5805258-Jul2022/ Now, that’d be a nice bit of history. We don’t have much naval history on show for an island nation. The Eithne was the last naval ship built in Ireland, so it’s a piece of history in itself.
“It was a con,” says Paul Sweeney, an economist with the Siptu union. “It appealed to people’s greed … The people owned [Eircom] already. They were being sold their own company. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/the-wolf-of-wall-street-meets-glenroe-ireland-at-the-height-of-the-eircom-bubble-1.4691076 It was sold as a good idea, a safe bet. And it wasn’t. It was pure financialisation, an insider win, outsider loss.
Here’s the Brexit cake you ordered, now you’ve got to eat it. At a lunch with EU ambassadors on Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is understood to have given a frosty response to the volley of complaints from UK businesses about how difficult it all is, especially the rules […]
Chris Grey notes that the ‘sticking’ points about the neverending saga of the Brexit negotiations is around divergence: It’s also worth noting something about these three sticking points. A key and utterly flawed claim of the Brexiters has been that a trade deal would be easy because the UK was starting from a point of […]
‘Sources’ close to the negotiations at what is now the long last minute of the 11th hour of the 4th year now believe a no-deal outcome is most likely. Sometimes, when dealing with children, you need to give them what they want, and then let them see what the consequences are. Of course, in this […]
“It’s the law of inverse relevance. The less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.” – Sir Arnold Robinson (played by John Nettleton), Yes, Minister, “Open Government” Yes, Minister still holds up, not only due to the excellent performances but the superb writing. It captured something timeless about […]
Got a friendly update from An Post (who I use for addresspal deliveries from the UK): Ah, time to look at alternatives to buying things from England I guess. I am reminded by all this about how ‘progress’ isn’t always in one direction, it’s redefinable and life really is characterised by change rather than progress.
“Democracy is not something you believe in or a place you hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.” – Abbie Hoffman