The media excitement over this contest is more than slightly fraudulent.
Ireland’s post-revolutionary bourgeoisie let itself off the hook.
One of the curses of age, it seems, is respectability.
The supposedly decadent arts were co-opted into New Labour’s post-socialist agenda.
Organic fanatics are condemning millions of people to, at best, lives of penury and squalor – and, at worst, to death.
I have yet to hear of any terrorist quite stupid enough to announce his or her plans days in advance in an open forum such as Twitter.
China, like Russia under Putin, is a bogeyman figure for liberal Westerners.
Today, Northern Irish politics most closely resembles a twelve thousand-step group therapy session.
The fact is, Northern Ireland is a failed political entity.
The Irish media continues to take the soft option of blaming the Catholic Church, an act which lets the state off the hook.