Jim O’Callaghan: The real enemy is the polarising of our politics and the cutting out of the vital middle ground
All of this country’s best achievements have come from the centre, and it should not be abandoned for short-term populist gains
In her latest book, Twilight of Democracy, the author Anne Applebaum chronicles the rise of extremism in global politics and the diminution of the centre ground in political discourse. Her thesis is that, given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy.
If history is anything to go by, she contends, then all societies eventually will. Unfortunately, there is significant evidence supporting her thesis.
In recent years democratic institutions have been undermined in Poland,...
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Emer McLysaght: What if Greg Davies was your boyfriend?
The Taskmaster presenter isn’t just great at his job – he would also make a decidedly spiffing other half
Deirdre Heenan: Has the British establishment already jettisoned the North?
Unusually frank statements by the former chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne reveal how many senior British public figures see the North as irrelevant and reunification as inevitable
Colin Murphy: Ireland was abusing its unwed mothers even before there was Church and state collusion
Twentieth-century Ireland was one of the most repressive sexual cultures in the world. Much of that is on the Catholic Church, but not all of it