Dominic Grieve thinks that it would be “extraordinary” for the Prime Minister not to step down in the event he loses a no-confidence motion. By extraordinary Grieve means unprecedented. But we all know Grieve’s relationship with “precedent” is, of course, a sort of Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor thing, a bit, as it were, “off and on”, says Sean Walsh.
Sean Walsh believes the legacy of the troubles is being weaponised to undermine a “no deal” Brexit. Even if a “no deal” break with the EU stirring sectarian violence, it may still be the right thing to do. The morality of a decision is not exhausted by its consequences.
Michael Gove’s endorsement of Theresa May’s Brexit Deal and his consistent support for her leadership undermines his credibility as a candidate to successfully lead the country out of the European Union, says Sean Walsh.
May’s offer of a second referendum is impossible because to call for it is to announce the death of those versions of trust that made the first referendum possible in the first place. You can’t ask for ref2 without invalidating it in the mere act of insisting on it, warns Sean Walsh.
The present Brexit situation is too absurd to satirise. Unfortunately, that absurdity is a real feature of the situation and one that threatens the legitimacy of any way out of the impasse. In particular, the possibility of a meaningful second vote.
Yesterday’s Parliamentary fiasco was the consequence of a failure to see that from June 2016 the political/commentator class has deceived both us and them. The Commons chaos is the disorder that follows when the talent to emote trumps the ability to think, says Sean Walsh.
Sean Walsh argues we live in a post-modern context where words and truth do not necessarily correlate. Theresa May’s “off the peg” approach to language makes her an exemplary postmodern Prime Minister.
Sean Walsh believes Shamima Begum might be better off not returning to a country in which her own case has confirmed that even the occupiers of the highest offices of the land prefer to “virtue” signal rather than deal with her awfulness.
Wednesday’s Tory defections have shown that Monday’s launch had little to do with anti-Semitism and more to do with stopping Brexit. Chuka Umunna, in particular, does not come out of it well. But where all this ends is beyond reasonable speculation.
Sean Walsh discusses Donald Tusk’s recent comments regarding a ‘special place in hell’ reserved for Brexiteers without a plan, explaining that not only are they gratuitously insulting but that they are theologically inept.
Sean Walsh discusses the case of Harry Miller who was contacted by Humberside Police after he “liked” a limerick said to be offensive to the LGBT community and explores the broader implications the incident raises for the emergence of ‘intolerant liberalism'.
The Christmas break is unlikely to have seen Dickensian interventions in the lives of the Continuity Remainers so expect them to go all out for a “second referendum”. Despite the fact that in throwing out the result of the first vote they are also ditching their own mandates.
Sean Walsh discusses Sir Cliff Richard's recent appearance on ITV's Loose Women and the singer's controversial support for the Blackstone ratio: the idea it is better ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.
Sean Walsh explores the mind of philosopher and thinker Sir Roger Scruton, believing the Government’s decision to appoint him head of its new housing commission, ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ is prudent.
May’s attempted political assassination has come to look a bit like that final scene in Reservoir Dogs in which the heist has gone wrong and everybody has a gun being trained on them. And that scene does not end well.
The common law basis of our political system means disputes are mostly local and can be resolved at that level, Sean Walsh argues. The EU’s structures were always in conflict with that intuition. The vote to leave those structures was an expression of that intuition. The Prime Minister is blind to it, hence her negotiating strategy has failed to incorporate it.
The claims against Justice Kavanaugh struggle to meet a formal ‘accusation’. An accusation makes truth claims and serves as an obligation to assess those claims. But if the intention is not to serve due process but to dismantle it then no such claim is being made. What has been claimed about Justice Kavanaugh does not rise above the level of slur, says Sean Walsh.
Sean Walsh considers the Labour leader’s recent comments regarding Zionism and his ironic use of irony. He argues that at the very least the Labour leader accommodates - and quite possibly encourages, a culture of intolerance and that he sits atop a movement of activists that are ever vigilant and always anxious to find something to be offended by.
Even considering the panorama of nonsense the liberal consensus offers us it has truly excelled itself with this latest Boris debacle, says Sean Walsh. Indeed, has this piece of well-crafted rubbish been bettered, he asks?
Despite his numerable failings, Donald Trump has two virtues, says Sean Walsh: first, his ability to offend those who really ought to be offended, and, second, his ability to consistently differentiate himself from Hillary Clinton at every turn.
The European Union’s stated aim of an ever-closer union is based upon an intellectual confusion. It is the character of the EU itself that should determine our perception of it rather than the hum-drum trivial distractions we see daily, says Sean Walsh.
The particular history and situation of Northern Ireland is instructive in terms of the Brexit discussion. Not because departure from the customs union would endanger peace, but because language matters. The “Remainers” are winning the linguistic battle. Time to push back.
It is not the responsibility of government to solve the problem of homelessness, argues Dr Sean Walsh. It is the responsibility of us all. The homeless person does not present a set of problems to be solved but a unique centre of absolute worth who can help us reconfigure our own moral landscape.
To say that addiction is a type of illness need not be to say that addicts are not responsible for what they do, says Sean Walsh. The active alcoholic is constrained by their illness. But freedom and responsibility are consistent with constraint. And acceptance of responsibility is a necessary condition of recovery.
Stephen Hawking’s reputation as a scientific great is well deserved. But even great scientists can get it wrong when they abandon philosophy. Science and religion, faith and reason, are not in tension but are complementary; faith is not the same as superstition.
Anna Soubry’s vapid attacks on Jacob Rees-Mogg are deranged, argues Sean Walsh. How his having never changed a nappy has a bearing on his eligibility as a political leader is unclear. Churchill never wiped a baby’s bottom, but that doesn’t mean we should have settled for Lord Halifax instead!
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