Monthly Archives: February 2016

The “Death-Threat” to Regina Doherty and Misconceptions about Sinn Féin in the South

This is a follow-up to a piece I published last Thursday night in relation to the veracity of a “death-threat” allegation that was made by Regina Doherty of Fine Gael in the aftermath of a controversial radio discussion she had had with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams last Monday. The segment of the conversation that […]

Suspicion Hangs Over Veracity of Regina Doherty’s “Death-Threat” Allegation

If their suspect conduct over the past number of weeks in the run-up to tomorrow’s Irish general election is anything by which to judge, the mainstream media in Ireland certainly won’t bother probing this, so I suppose I’d better… Last Tuesday, Regina Doherty, a TD for the centre-right governing-coalition party Fine Gael, alleged that she received an anonymous death-threat in the aftermath of […]

“No-Platforming” and the Right to Free Expression

Seán Faye of the UK’s Independent has written a piece defending, on free speech grounds, the practice of “no-platforming”. She wrote the article in response to the debate surrounding Peter Tatchell having apparently been “no-platformed” by National Union of Students‘ LGBT representative Fran Cowling. Cowling’s refusal to share a debate platform with Tatchell related to “racism” and “transphobia” allegedly manifested by the latter, a […]

Inconsistency and Russophobic Bias at the BBC

Yesterday’s leading BBC News story (which was also the BBC website’s headline story) reported that two British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons had, earlier that afternoon, been “scrambled to intercept two Russian [Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic] bombers heading towards UK airspace”. It all sounded rather threatening and unnerving for UK residents. To the casual observer, it might even have […]