Garden flowers from  Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms, by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai. Photograph: Michèle M. Waite

If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you will know that I have more than a “bit of a thing” about cut-flowers. By this, I mean the seasonal(...)

‘The majority report is poorly written and disappointing in that it leaves us with more questions than answers.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As an undergraduate student in University College Cork in the early 1990s I loved my public administration lectures delivered by Richard Haslam and Ed(...)