Brexit and People Like Us (PLU)

  For anyone still interested in why the British public voted for Brexit, the extract below from the Financial Times last year in a letter from Mr Keith Craig, London SW7, perfectly encapsulates a complex set of circumstances into a pithy and succinct explanation.  You would be hard pressed to find anything better. Many would…

Russia: We Drank Champagne in Vain

The American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, a few days ago following the recent imposition of new UN sanctions on Russia.   Nevertheless, instead of closing the door on its relations with Russia, Tillerson promised to deal pragmatically with Moscow – whatever that may mean.  Perhaps similar to…

Terrorism

“The goal of terrorists is to instil a level of fear in the public disproportionate to the actual threat.”   Chris Murphy, American Senator, Connecticut   The British philosopher, A.C. Grayling recently said that the aim of terrorism is to frighten civilian populations into forcing their governments to concede.  “It takes only a few determined…

John F Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

Today would have been John F Kennedy’s 100th birthday. As a child born and brought up in Ireland, the photograph of John F Kennedy adorned our ‘parlour’ wall right next to the Sacred Heart lamp which supported a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  If I recall correctly, our wall decoration was no different from…

Why Trump’s Reticence on Russia?

In The Economist this week, Trump is warned that he may be outfoxed by Putin similar to the way in which the two previous American Presidents were outwitted by this fearless Russian politician. America is already on the back foot because Trump is wasting his energy either berating the media or fighting his own intelligence…

Voting Brexit with a heavy heart

Thomas Jefferson once said “eternal vigilance is the prize of liberty” where citizens and not just the powerful are required to seek the truth to be free.   29 June 2016 To the outside world, it must look as though Britain is imploding: exiting the European Union, David Cameron now a lame duck prime minister…

New Leader of the Free World

Letter to my American Family 18.11.2016 Ever since that awful night last week, it’s been on my mind to send my condolences to my American family.  I stayed up till almost 2am to watch history in the making – a woman leading the free world – but sadly it was not to be.  By then,…