“Leave my polenta alone!”

Proclaiming old left-right divisions as out of date, progressive thinkers posit a raft of new fault lines – liberty versus authority, secularism versus religion, free speech versus censorship, universalism versus multiculturalism, feminism versus the family – all of which are cast in forms that put the progressive middle class on one side and significant sections … More “Leave my polenta alone!”

Bertie’s people

On Bertie Ahern’s appearance at the Mahon Tribunal on Planning and Payments, what is it with the mass media’s obsession with hearing the ‘voice of the people’ at Dublin Castle? Almost every report on the radio that I’ve heard in the last 24 hours has been about talking to Joe and Jo Soap to find … More Bertie’s people