JFK Speechwriter Sorensen Dies
Ted Sorensen, famous as a speechwriter and adviser to the late John F. Kennedy has died. Click here
One of my favourite little shorthand sayings – often recycled by me – is former US defence secretary Robert McNamara’s ‘fog of war’. He said the fog of war explained the phenonenon whena largescale military action began. It was so complicated that it was beyond the scope of human comprehension. (more…)
So now we know: Eur 15bn over four years. Hold onto your hat: it’s gonna be quite a rollercoaster ride. It seems to me that if, somehow or other, the Government can avoid abrogating the Croke Park Agreement, then we won’t become France Mark II. But is that possible under current policies and whilst maintaining the 2014 deadline?
Herewith the full version of a piece I wrote for today’s print edition on the background to
the Government’s initiative on all-party consensus. Due to pressure on space and the fact that the talks process appeared to collapse, the piece that got into print was considerably shorter than what you have here, but I think it might still be of some interest:- (more…)
Why don’t we come to our senses?
That’s what Fianna Fáil are saying
‘Cos down on their knees they are praying.
But for what?
The future of every tiny tot
Or just their own place in the top spot?
Here’s an interesting contribution to the debate on third-level fees from former BBC director-general Greg Dyke who was quoted as follows in yesterday’s Guardian: “I would make people who went to private schools pay for university.”
There must be countries where political leaders are selected after they have undertaken a rigorous study-course on democratic institutions and how they should be run, followed by a series of interviews with an independent panel, testing their suitability for the job. Maybe it’s like that in Scandinavia, the model democracies of our time. (more…)
“I met with John Curran and asked him to write to all Government Ministers to ascertain what foreign trips were taking place this session. I told him that anything to do with a trade mission will be looked at on an individual basis and if they are important enough, a pair will be granted.”