BoM December 2019

Our December book of the month is Burned by Sam McBride. The book is a forensic investigation into the scandal of the Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI). It becomes a devastating exposé of the political dynamics and moral culture of the regime at Stormont. His verdict? “Rank dysfunctionality”, and “feckless profligacy – or worse”. Foster as… Read more

Backstops and Broomsticks

Introduction Coming up to the Halloween deadline has Boris Johnson (BJ) managed to sweep all before him, pull a fast one on the EU and pull a unicorn out of a pumpkin? Has he finally understood that the Irish border was the wicked problem in the Withdrawal Agreement? The one that couldn’t be finessed or… Read more

NI Politics comes to England but is it a Trick or a Treat?

Introduction Growing up in Dublin, Halloween (Oíche Shamhna – the night before Samhain 1st Nov.) was a significant event, particularly for children. Dressing up in ghoulish costumes, making turnip lanterns, playing particular games, going around neighbour’s houses asking “help the Halloween party” was all part of the fun. Fireworks, in particular, “bangers” were set off…. Read more