Good riddance to Yang — and Biden

12 February 2020 1:42 pm

Now that ‘entrepreneur’ Andrew Yang has ended his presidential campaign, can we all admit what a sad commentary on the…


Bernie wins New Hampshire — and Klobuchar replaces Warren as the race’s leading lady

12 February 2020 12:24 pm

Two big stories have emerged from New Hampshire. The first is not surprising: Bernie Sanders looks like he’ll win. The…


Elizabeth Warren’s trail of tears

12 February 2020 8:57 am

Elizabeth Warren will soon be gone, a victim of her faux personality, her failure at identity politics, her badgering, eat-your-spinach…

Why we should welcome a Sinn Fein government

11 February 2020 11:41 pm

There are those – most of my acquaintance in Ireland, frankly – who can think of nothing worse than Sinn…

Beware Sinn Fein’s Trojan horse

11 February 2020 11:20 pm

I got my first Irish passport a few months ago. It felt like a vaguely transgressive gesture because my primary…

The minister who politely refused to play the trans language game

11 February 2020 9:50 pm

This is an article about the power of language in the transgender debate, about how the trans agenda has been…

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Trump steals the Dems’ spotlight at New Hampshire rally

11 February 2020 1:35 pm

President Donald Trump successfully trolled Democrats once again Monday — hosting a packed rally the night before their New Hampshire…


2020 is a mirror image of 2016

11 February 2020 1:22 pm

A perfect storm enabled Donald Trump’s ascendance in the 2016 primary race, leading him to capture the Republican nomination and…

Boris’s leaked tax plans suggest a truly radical Toryism

11 February 2020 3:43 am

‘You want the dowry, but you don’t like the bride’ is how Israeli prime minister Levi Eshkol summed up his…

Ireland’s election result is bad news for Brexit

11 February 2020 3:42 am

Ireland has given its own twist to the populist uprisings across Europe, with its election ushering in a grim time…

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech was beyond a joke

10 February 2020 11:48 pm

The 2020 Oscars will go down in history for two things: Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant film Parasite becoming the first foreign-language…

The BBC has much to learn from Japan’s national broadcaster

10 February 2020 10:59 pm

NHK is Japan’s version of the BBC – it was actually modelled after the Beeb way back in the 1920s.…

Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ reviewed

10 February 2020 8:04 pm

Bong Joon-ho's award-winning film is satire, thriller, comedy, allegory and horror all rolled into one

Varadkar’s election gamble backfires as Sinn Fein surge

10 February 2020 5:55 am

Irish election results are being counted and it seems that Leo Varadkar’s snap election gamble has worked out as badly…


What stunts should we expect to see at future State of the Unions?

10 February 2020 2:47 am

The State of the Union is like that annual meeting where the boss says it was a triumphant year as…


No presidency for old men

10 February 2020 2:02 am

What a thrill! Last night, I was dining with a friend in Piccola Italia, a charming restaurant in Manchester, New…

Labour’s radicals need to grow up

9 February 2020 7:00 pm

As the well-worn cliché has it: if you’re not a socialist at 16, you don’t have a heart; if you’re…

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James Carville is right. He’s also to blame

9 February 2020 9:24 am

James Carville, the ragin’ cajun, former Democratic strategist and adviser to Bill Clinton, is hot. Carville has been making the…

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Pete Buttigieg isn’t going to win

9 February 2020 7:49 am

I see that various pundits are competing to write the political epitaph for Joe ‘son-of-a-bitch‘ Biden. That’s entirely understandable. It’s been…

The death of populism has been greatly exaggerated

8 February 2020 8:00 pm

Have we reached peak populism? This is the question being asked after a recent regional election in Italy delivered a…

Boris has fallen into a trap by sucking up to David Attenborough

8 February 2020 6:36 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…

Let’s not forget the unintentional heroes of Brexit

8 February 2020 6:30 pm

A week on from Brexit day, it is worth stopping and reflecting on just how Britain’s departure from the EU…

Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer at the DNC debate in Manchester, New Hampshire

The latest Democratic debate was the most pugilistic yet

8 February 2020 6:24 pm

If you’re after a real fight, come to Manchester, New Hampshire on a Friday night. An idyllic Catholic college smothered…

Are all the Labour leadership candidates Corbynites now?

7 February 2020 11:56 pm

This week every contender for the Labour leadership and deputy leadership signed up to a series of pledges issued by…

Hasn’t Israel Folau been punished enough?

7 February 2020 7:00 pm

When Israel Folau settled his multi-million dollar grievance with Rugby Australia  after he was sacked over a social media post…