Monthly Archives For July 2008

Is Super Spaniard!

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Eat This, Mister Federal! Did you watch all of the Wimberdon final on Sunday? No, neither did I, but wasn’t it absolutely riveting?! I could not take my eyes off all the backhanders, forehanders, serveces,…

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July 9th: The Recession Diaries

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Lunchtime No matter what point in the economic cycle a country is in, the science of history gets a battering. But in recession times, history is just simply invented. Take Professor Mary Harney, TD, on…

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July 8th : The Recession Diaries

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Lunchtime: Thank god someone is talking common sense. Tom O’Connor, economist at the Cork Institute of Technology, was on Morning Ireland arguing that rather than cutting expenditure, we should be looking to increase taxation on…

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This Much I Know

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Karl Marx, 64. Communist. –When I was suffering from haemorrhoids, I had more than a dozen doctors look up my arse to effect a cure. Not a one of them could manage it. Do you…

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July 7th: The Recession Diaries

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In the current economic climate it’s hard to know what is more depressing: the fact of economic recession, the onslaught of the Right through all the channels at their disposal, the unsettling quiescence of the…

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Cartoon Wars: Waltz with Bashir

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A couple of weeks back on Irish Left Review I wrote a piece on good and bad left-wing cinema, noting how many films whose political views one might share tend to be atrocious and embarrassing…

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Reclaiming Citizenship

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  Bertie Ahern’s socialist conversion occurred around the same time he took up reading Robert Putnam.[1] Putnam was famous for writing Bowling Alone, an appraisal of the erosion of personal connections in modern society. So…

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Laptops of Mass Destruction

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Jeremy Paxman once explained the secret of his interviewing technique – before speaking to a politician, he simply asks himself “why is this lying bastard lying to me?” In the case of Colombian president Alvaro…

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