INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HISTORY

This essential new history of the Irish state is a study of Ireland’s international profile on the world stage, rather than its party politics. Against a global backdrop, it offers a fresh and analytical study of the origins of the Irish state, the Irish revolution and the growth of Irish diplomacy, from just six consulates in the 1920s to over sixty embassies by the 2010s. … More INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS HISTORY

IS KEEPING DEREK MACKAY IN POST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

We always need to be careful about the motivations of making law as a result of one case, but the Derek Mackay pictured above,  controversy throws light on an important weakness in our parliamentary procedures. He has resigned as a Government minister, pocketed £12,000 ministerial severance payment paid by taxpayers, and is failing in the job he was elected to do – to represent his constituents. If he is not charged by the authorities, there is no current mechanism to get rid of him as a MSP until the next Scottish Parliament election, with him being paid £63,579 per annum in the meantime. … More IS KEEPING DEREK MACKAY IN POST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

BORIS VOWS TO SWITCH OFF TV LICENCE FEES

In a plan that would change the face of British broadcasting, senior aides to the prime minister insisted that they are “not bluffing” about changing the BBC’s funding model and “pruning” its reach into people’s homes. The blueprint being drawn up in government will scrap the licence fee and replace it with a subscription model, and force the BBC to sell off the vast majority of its 61 radio stations but safeguard Radio 3 and Radio 4 … More BORIS VOWS TO SWITCH OFF TV LICENCE FEES