BEST SCOTTISH POLITICAL PROGRAMME NEVER MADE

We are being subjected to a phoney war in which nobody – including Ms Sturgeon – thinks there is going to be a referendum “any time soon”.  So what is all the clamour about?  Is there nothing more meaningful to use the Bute House podium for than to pursue what is really little more than a prolonged stunt? … More  BEST SCOTTISH POLITICAL PROGRAMME NEVER MADE

THE UK HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE HANDS OF A CHICKEN STRANGLER

What lesson should the Government take from the results of the election in what is more and more dubiously called the United Kingdom? That denial is deadly. When the tectonic plates are shifting, the natural instinct of every political establishment is to pretend it’s not happening. But it happens anyway and by the time you come to acknowledge it, it is too late to try to exert control. … More THE UK HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE HANDS OF A CHICKEN STRANGLER

BOOK REVIEW by JOHN COONEY

A final chapter outlines the awesome decline of the Catholic Church, not least because of the clerical abuse scandals and episcopal cover-ups but also owing to the rapid secularisation of society and alienation of young people as lamented by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. This book should be read alongside Seamus Mallon’s invaluable recent memoir, A Shared Home Place (written in conjunction with Andy Pollak). … More BOOK REVIEW by JOHN COONEY