Saturday essay: Could the US election be settled by armed militia and the Supreme Court?
Given the growing number of Americans losing their lives to Covid-10 and a president threatening not to honour the result of the election, it is hard to imagine a television occasion of more extraordinary implications than this week's debate.
Professional sport is utterly incompatible with Covid-19. What happens next?
The full impact of the crisis on sport is starting to emerge, and it one of empty stadia, dwindling commercial revenue and falling sponsorship. Sadly, the powerbrokers in sport have not accepted this fact, preferring instead to believe the old normal will return.
“John Hume’s monument is about the power of political persuasion and the primacy of democratic institutions”
In death, John Hume is being remembered as the man who made peace. But his achievement is far greater than that. Half a century ago, he stepped out from a community rendered powerless by history and began assembling a political construct that stretched across nations and continents.
“Perhaps getting old is like developing a telescopic vision, you can see the then and the now simultaneously”
America’s 2020 crisis has extraordinary parallels with 1968. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy unleashed a summer of widespread civil disorder resulting in the November election of Nixon as the ‘law and order’ President.
For professional rugby, Covid 19 could not have come at a worse time
Rugby has long been transformed from a sport to a business. Now, that business has been shut down, just as it was set to negotiate a suite of global television deals. Given that many clubs and national unions were already strained, can it adapt to a world of social distancing?
Brexit is signed but not yet delivered. It is a political life raft to escape Europe but was it built to sail into a potential world depression?
The Brexit project was launched in the context of a whole series of economic presumptions and assumptions. Many have now changed, many disappeared. Nobody involved with the original Brexit project could have envisaged an economic scenario anything like this.
Working from issues not ideology, Sinn Fein has retained an anti-establishment cred that has attracted so much support
Sinn Fein is a political offshoot of the Northern troubles, a maverick campaigning force that has made up its socialism as it has gone along. Working from issues not ideology, it retained an anti-establishment cred that has attracted so much youth.
Tom McGurk: As Britain departs, Ireland has discovered burgeoning new levels of self-confidence and self-respect
Today, at 11.00pm, Britain leaves the European Union. And with its departure, the nature of Anglo Irish relations will change once more, with Ireland firmly taking into an independent place in the wider European project.
Boris’s economic time bomb? Why the border down the Irish Sea will pit the single market versus the UK post-Brexit economy
Boris Johnson must be ecstatic at the size of his parliamentary majority, but it also contains economic and constitutional time bombs. And the performance of the economy in the North will be central to both.