For months, Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been locked in a bitter dispute with the British Medical Association (BMA) over his plan to impose a new contract for NHS junior doctors in England. The BMA is a medical trade union that represents the national body of junior doctors, the overwhelming majority of whom deem the terms […]

My mother is from Connacht; it’s in the west of Ireland, but we from the north generally call that “down south”. My father is from Tyrone, which is north of the Irish border. I myself grew up along the Donegal-Derry stretch of the border, where the Laggan district meets Inishowen. I lived, was schooled and socialised between Derry city and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In a previous article I’d written – inspired by the debate surrounding the petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK – I discussed the nature of free speech and what its genuine protection actually entails. I also made a (somewhat qualified) defence of the protection of “hate speech” and suggested that if governmental […]