Articles by: Dónall Gaibheacháin

America

No, Gary Johnson did not help Trump to win

We all knew it would happen, and like most predictable excuses after an election result like this, it did; the ‘which phobia do the electorate have?’ game, and the ‘money and power bought the election’ scoff, or the ‘thank goodness for/ban the electoral college system’ depending on the outcome, as […]

by × November 9, 2016 ×

Scotland

Hypocrisy in a not-so-independent Scotland

Hypocrisy in a not-so-independent Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is making great strides to sabotage the likelihood of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union by suggesting she has a veto on when and how it should happen, and by threatening another Scottish Independence Referendum. Here’s why that shouldn’t happen… A Poll across different […]

by × July 21, 2016 ×

Europe

No, remaining in the EU is not the ‘Safe Option’

No, remaining in the EU is not the
‘Safe Option’

In Scotland’s Referendum for Independence many people campaigned, and many voted, on the assertion that the No vote was the ‘Safe Option’; the claims were that not enough planning for an independent Scotland had been made, with issues regarding currency that weren’t figured out, plus doubts over their membership of […]

by × June 9, 2016 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Even bigots have rights

Even bigots have rights

For anybody unaware already, a Belfast bakery is appealing a court decision which has ruled that they broke the law by failing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it. The bakers were ordered to pay £500 in damages. Gareth Lee, member of LGBT advocacy group Queer […]

by × May 11, 2016 ×

Europe, Northern Ireland

Being in the UK doesn’t make me feel less  Irish. Leaving the EU won’t make people  feel less European.

Being in the UK doesn’t make me feel less
Irish. Leaving the EU won’t make people
feel less European.

The general argument I have come across from opposition is that there is too much uncertainty in leaving the European Union, with many believing it is better to stick with the devil you know than the one you don’t. This to me is akin telling an abused spouse that they […]

by × April 17, 2016 ×

Economic, Liberty

The National Living Wage: Widening the Gap
Between the Richest and Poorest.

It is desirable for us all to live in a society where everybody can be financially comfortable but for a variety of reasons that doesn’t always work out, mainly because we cannot predict the economic activities of people, and how wisely or unwisely they will spend their money. All people […]

by × February 7, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The virtues of capitalism  and libertarianism

The virtues of capitalism
and libertarianism

I often hear people say that their beliefs, opinions, and tastes have been a by-product of their upbringing; being a Beatles fan “because they were always playing in the car”; a Manchester United fan, “just like my dad” or a Christian because “that’s just how I was raised”, and so on. The latter […]

by × November 19, 2015 ×