Raised in the shadow of Celtic Park in Glasgow, he is a practising Catholic who rarely swears, never drinks, and for whom Mass on Sunday is as much part of the routine of life as football on Saturday. In the coming months, there could be clashes between the old religion and the new religion that is football. Because, thanks in large part to Coyle, Burnley are in the Premier League for the first time in the club's history. Sky TV may not want them playing on Sunday as often as the Big Four, but Burnley and Coyle will have their moments in the global spotlight. That his faith is so important to him was probably not known to the Burnley fan who first raised the banner that read: "Owen Coyle is God." In one of the most bizarre TV moments of this year, the same message then appeared in the crowd at a televised US Wrestlemania event. The cult of Coyle was under way. As this season develops, might there be a little jealousy among richer, better-known managers when Coyle's name is sung more … [Read more...] about Owen Coyle does God
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The Conservative Party's complaints process is "robust", the party chairman has said, after a campaign group wrote to him about claims of Islamophobia.Hope Not Hate's Nick Lowles asked for Brandon Lewis to clarify his claim that all complaints of Islamophobia by party members had been dealt with.The party has not said how many investigations there are but 14 members have been suspended for Facebook posts.Mr Lewis said "swift action" had been taken when complaints were made.He said there was "absolutely no place" for anti-Muslim discrimination in the party.Mr Lowles wrote asking for clarification after Mr Lewis said in November 2018: "We deal with complaints, none outstanding."He said he took that statement to mean there were "no complaints of Islamophobia outstanding", but said: "We now know that this is not true."He said: "Were you trying to mislead us, and via the statement, members of the public?"Or are your systems and processes so broken that you did not know your statement was … [Read more...] about Islamophobia: ‘No place’ for it in Conservative Party says chairman
One Home Alone super fan has come up with a bizarre theory about the Macaulay Culkin classic that might just ruin you Christmas. While there's obviously much to love about the seasonal flick, the family favourite has now been watched so many times since it's 1990 release that fans have started to pick it apart. And the most recent bugbear is that it's never explained what Kevin McCallister's dad does for a living. We know the patriarch must have earned a tidy packet to afford that spacious family mansion and the luxury holidays abroad. But one fan claims to have finally cracked it. Posting his theory to Reddit , one film buff has come to the conclusion that Peter McCallister is a hardened mob criminal. He writes: "‘Home Alone is one of my favorite movies of all time and as such, I’ve seen it about a million times. Watching it over the years you start to realize things that didn’t pop out as a kid. One of the things I noticed was that Kevin’s dad, Peter, has … [Read more...] about Bizarre Home Alone fan theory claims to have uncovered what Kevin McCallister’s dad does for work
The art of politics is an Italian invention - politics as a self-conscious way of acting and thinking. A modern awareness that human affairs are not transparent, but devious, complex and unpredictable, dates from the Italian Renaissance with its mixture of ruthlessness, ambition, fantasy, failure and self-knowledge given voice by the first modern political thinker, Niccolò Machiavelli. In his 1513 work, Il Principe (The Prince), Machiavelli created a monster that has haunted politics ever since. For centuries the author and his Prince were seen as antichrists and early editions of The Prince in English come with notes piously refuting his cynicism. Even today, the description Machiavellian is routinely used to denote any form of political action that challenges our quaint notions of good faith and moral authenticity. Machiavelli's Prince is not a practical advice manual aimed at any specific individual - rather it creates a fantastic creature, a kind of armoured colossus … [Read more...] about A place in the sun
As the Brexit war cabinet meets this evening, it may ruefully regard its £1bn bribe to the DUP as money badly spent. As the DUP breaks its promise to back Theresa May’s precarious government, does it really mean to bring her down, or is this its usual braggadocio? In cahoots, the Rees-Mogg-Johnson European Research Group (ERG) is stiffening the DUP’s backbone to resist the Chequers backstop deal. But other Tory factions predict over-confidently that the DUP would never risk putting a Labour leader who they perceive to be sympathetic to Irish republicans into No 10. However, those listening closely in Northern Ireland tell me the DUP means it this time. On Wednesday night it rattled May’s cage with a display of protest by abstaining on a Labour amendment to the agriculture bill, to show it could and would. The DUP has its “blood-red line”, like the red hand of Ulster, which Arlene Foster more or less threw down at the feet of EU negotiator Michel … [Read more...] about The DUP has its ‘blood-red’ line. Does Theresa May dare cross it?