Category Archives: Politics

Here and There

Dublin is the capital of a subtle country. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t admire its elegant energy but I have also to meet someone from beyond it who has an accurate impression of this seagull chattering feist of a place. Although I was born in Northern Ireland, and Dublin has only been my home […]

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Tails of the Unexpected

There is a strong sense of vocation in some professions, notably the law, medicine, teaching and the church. Others amount to a similar fundamental desire through a particular talent or propensity such as writers, chefs, musicians, sportsmen, designers or dancers. The decision to enter some professions does not usually demand a definitive aptitude or even, […]

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BBC Trust

The BBC seems to be almost constantly under attack. When Labour was in power they were vicious in their comments surrounding the BBC’s coverage of the UK’s involvement in Iraq. The famous ‘sexed-up’ dossier story, which the Beeb covered in a very balanced way, especially considering it was true, brought Labour from behind its mask […]

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Orwell’s Clocks

George Orwell was inspired to use the library at Senate House, where I am Director, as the Ministry of Truth in his novel Nineteen eighty-four. His wife at the time was working in Senate House during WWII, as it had been commissioned by the government to provide accommodation for the Ministry of Information. On the […]

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