Martin Vander Weyer 10 November 2018 9:00 AM 10 November 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit to proceed without the calamity of ‘no deal’. Word this week was that Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar might offer a compromise ‘review mechanism’ for the ‘backstop’ which might otherwise leave the UK locked in a customs union — but like me, you’re probably none the wiser as to what that actually means. History will judge this episode as a disgraceful example of politicians bluffing in the face of tough choices rather than explaining complexities or acknowledging hard facts — set out, in this case, in a Northern Ireland Affairs select committee report in March 2018 that said, among many other interesting things, ‘we have had no visibility of any technical solutions, anywhere in the world, … [Read more...] about History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop
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In music, The Editors were on at Vicar Street for €34. If theatre was your thing, Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer was in The Gaiety for €29 while cross-town Richard III was in The Abbey for €13. The Battle of the Ax for €5 was there for stand-up comedians in the Ha'Penny Inn as amateurs grabbed a mic and tried their hand. And if you hadn't a penny, The Lost Moment exhibition based on The Troubles at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar and The Beasts from Brazil looking at that nation on canvas in the National Gallery, were free. It may not be an alpha city like London or Hong Kong, but there's no shortage of choice in the capital. And there is always the other option, given it was midweek, of just sitting in. Yet it's against this backdrop that 38,321 allegedly showed to Lansdowne Road knowing what they'd get. And while that figure is bloated beyond belief, there were many in attendance. Too many. The self-professed likeability and lovability of Irish fans … [Read more...] about Ewan MacKenna: The problem for the FAI is that the health of the body doesn’t matter when you slice the head clean off
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of the United Kingdom government. The Prime Minister (informally abbreviated to PM) and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers, most of whom are government department heads) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Monarch, to Parliament, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate. The Office is one of the Great Offices of State. The current holder[update] of the office, Theresa May, leader of the Conservative Party, was appointed by the Queen on 13 July 2016. The office is not established by any statute or constitutional document but exists only by long-established convention, which stipulates that the monarch must appoint as Prime Minister the person most likely to command the confidence of the House of Commons; this individual is typically the leader of the political party or coalition of parties that holds the largest number of seats in that chamber. The position of … [Read more...] about Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
JOHN Harrison was key in helping Britannia rule the waves by creating a revolutionary navigation tool. Here's why the clock-maker is being celebrated with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 325th birthday. Who was John Harrison and why is he honoured with a Google Doodle? John Harrison was a British clock-maker invented the first marine chronometer, crucial to navigation and safer voyages at sea. He was born in April 3 in 1693 in Foulby, Yorkshire. Like his father he was a carpenter. But from an early age he was obsessed with clocks and he became a self-educated horologist - which is the study of the measurement of time. As British word-wide trade blossomed, the Government created the Board of Longitude in 1714, which aimed to curb naval disasters. A reward of £20,000 was offered to anyone who could devise a navigational instrument that could find the longitude within 30 miles of a sea voyage. Taking up the challenge, Harrison set to work on his chronometer in 1728 and … [Read more...] about John Harrison celebrated with Google Doodle – who was the clockmaker and how did he solve the longitude problem?
A £30million 'ring of steel' will surround Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding including barriers, vehicle checks, snipers and airport-style scanners. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit Windsor, Berkshire, for the big day on May 19 – and they should expect to be stopped and searched by police. Thames Valley Police say the operation is likely to be the biggest in its history as they gradually build up the security in the city over the next seven weeks. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit Windsor, Berkshire, for the big day on May 19 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will have a security operation costing £30million All visitors entering the inner area to watch the royal carriage procession through the town will have to pass through airport-style security scanners. A huge security boundary will be mounted around the castle and St George's Chapel, where the wedding ceremony is taking place in front of 600 guests. Bag searches will take … [Read more...] about ‘Ring of steel’ will protect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding