The Irish Times view on growing anti LGBTI sentiment in Poland: Pogrom mood spins out of control For electoral ends, Jaroslaw Kaczynski has stoked a pogrom mood in Poland. Like Goethe’s sorcerer’s apprentice, he is no longer in control of the forces he has summoned … [Read more...] about The Irish Times view on US death penalty
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The Irish Times view on biodiversity collapse: we’re running out of time A radical cultural shift is required, starting with an end to the model of infinite growth in consumption … [Read more...] about The Irish Times view on court reform: a creaking system
By Sam Edwards and John Stonestreet The leaders of all of Spain’s main political parties invited their supporters on Friday night to prepare for power, as campaigning for one of the tightest national elections in decades drew to a close. No single party will get an overall majority in Sunday’s ballot, and opinion polls suggest all five leading contenders have a realistic chance of playing a role in government. Divisive and often ill-tempered, the election has been fought mainly on emotive topics – notably issues of national identity linked to Catalonia’s drive for independence – with the economy taking a rare back seat. With campaigning having ended at midnight, party leaders remained mostly non-committal about potential alliances after the vote – though Spain’s political landscape has effectively coalesced around two distinct electoral blocs, one on the left and the other on the right. Outgoing Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez – … [Read more...] about Prepare for power, Spain’s party leaders tell supporters as vote campaign ends
You could say that West Bromwich’s pursuit of Preston North End boss Alex Neil was all a bit ‘2009’. We’ve been here before with the Baggies haven’t we?Part of June 2009 was spent by North End fighting off their advances for Alan Irvine.The drawbridge went up then too, Irvine staying at Deepdale – only to be sacked six months later.There followed three managers in as many years before the stability of the last six years or so – four in charge for Simon Grayson and Neil not too far off his second anniversary.Last weekend was a fraught one for Lilywhites supporters, with them not really knowing if they were coming or going – rather they didn’t know if their manager was coming or going.Some had convinced themselves that Neil would be Albion’s next manager on the basis of rumours which were doing the rounds.The Scotsman going off down the tunnel at the final whistle of the 4-1 defeat to WBA and a post-match press conference which … [Read more...] about Dave Seddon’s Preston North End Press View: What’s next on the ‘to do’ list for Alex Neil?
Gentry Day might not have fallen at the best time this year but we must look beyond the football on this special occasion. The speculation over Alex Neil’s future at Preston North End amid interest from West Bromwich, has dominated the agenda in recent days.PNE’s form dip just at the wrong time of the season may also have dampened some fans’ enthusiasm for a day wearing a bowler hat at The Hawthorns.Forget the covetous stares being cast in Neil’s direction from the Sandwell area and put to one side too recent results.Gentry Day goes beyond that, it is more an occasion to remember those North End faithful no longer with us and to do so in a unique way.No other fans dress up to the nines and don a bowler in the way PNE supporters do.It is a nod back to the 1970s and that glorious Third Division title-winning season of 1970/71 under Alan Ball Snr.Ball christened Preston fans as the ‘Gentry’ after a midweek away game against Shrewsbury in … [Read more...] about Dave Seddon’s Preston North End Press View: Celebrate Gentry Day…and forget the rest!