More than 250,000 UK citizens may die by Johnson’s Covid-19 experiment. Herd immunity has never been tested on a human population with an unknown virus and an unavailable vaccine. This idea by Boris Johnson and his administration in the UK, was not only crazy, but a very dangerous human experiment.
Spatial strategies There’s a feeling afoot that the post-Covid world will be as different from the world we knew only fifteen months ago as from the lockdown world we’re about to leave behind us. For a start, we’ll be able to remember what day it is without looking at our phones. Some things, unfortunately, won’t have changed. Some problems will be waiting for us when we emerge from the coronafog. The homelessness and housing crises, masked (sorry) by the day-to-day, wall-to-wall
Shaw said it’s past time to see things as they are and ask ‘Why?’; it’s time to dream of what never was and ask, ‘Why not?’ Why not a first-class, single-tier healthcare system, a first-class single-tier education system, housing for everybody, and a taxation system that makes the rich pay their share? 12-minute read.
Despite a century of republican independence, the common ownership of Ireland’s wealth promised by the first Dáil continues to find its way into the hands of privileged private interests. Public rights and welfare are now subordinate to property rights, citizens are taxpayers, and workers are human resources. 15-min read.
Our democracy is broken and it’s time we did something about it. Self-governing republican freedom is shared among equal citizens, and so is the responsibility for maintaining it. That requires active participation from us all, individually and collectively, taking responsibility for the state we’re in. 10-minute read.
In 1983, a two-to-one majority voted for the Eighth Amendment, banning abortion for all time and the Supreme Court ruled that laws criminalising homosexuality supported the ‘Christian nature of the Irish State’. But by 2018, we had legalised same-sex marriage and repealed the Eighth. What happened? 12-minute read.
Two recent studies asked students whether the skills taught in their Leaving Cert courses prepared them for third-level study. An overwhelming majority said 'No', that they had not learned the intellectual skills they would need to succeed. 8 minute read.
Drunken, brawling, criminal, lazy, as thick as two short planks nailed together, and not wanted over here—that’s what ‘everybody knew’ about the average Mick when I was growing up in England. Creating a racist stereotype doesn’t need any basis in fact, just an ugly image repeated often enough. (10 minute read.)
The only possible conclusion is that current housing policy is designed to make landlords, developers, and investors rich on our tax money. Keep shovelling the money upwards and, to paraphrase Trump, ‘one day the homeless will just disappear, like a miracle.’