Why leaders who bullshit are more dangerous than those who lie

Bullshit seems to be the new currency in politics. Around the world, a new breed of politicians is flourishing, for whom lying and bullshitting is part of their everyday routine. This is earning them both popular [...]

2019-11-13T11:01:14+00:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

DUP may be overestimating opposition to Irish Sea border in Northern Ireland – new survey

Arlene Foster: does she speak for unionists anymore? Brian Lawless/PA The roots of the UK’s forthcoming election lie in Brexit – and Westminster’s inability to agree on what to do about the border between [...]

2019-11-08T15:47:40+00:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

How the language we use entrenches inequalities

The rhetoric surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU has become increasingly inflammatory. Some feel that Boris Johnson’s use of military metaphors such as “surrender act” to describe a piece of legislation has made debates even more polarised. [...]

2019-10-10T11:46:11+00:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Boris Johnson’s flirtation with populism will have lasting consequences for the Conservative Party

UK politics is getting more dramatic, divisive and nastier. Nowhere is this more evident than in the populist turn taken by the Conservative Party. Problematically for them, however, populism is incompatible with some of the central principles [...]

2019-10-02T11:07:08+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Pathological power: the danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths

After spending his early life suffering under the Nazis and then Stalin, the Polish psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski devoted his career to studying the relationship between psychological disorders and politics. He wanted to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are [...]

2019-09-27T13:38:18+00:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

TD claims Irish people who are ‘hungry in the streets’ should be prioritised over immigrants

Independent TD Michael Collins IRISH people are “hungry in the street” and should be prioritised over immigrants, an Independent TD has claimed. Michael Collins made the remark and argued Ireland is “losing our culture” [...]

2019-09-18T08:28:46+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: In The News|Tags: , |

Suspending parliament could be the act of a credible madman or master bluffer – top game theorist on Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, says he wants to leave the EU on October 31 2019 with a deal, but has repeatedly made a vocal “do or die” pledge to Brexit without one if necessary. [...]

2019-09-10T17:48:56+00:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Our political parties should welcome and encourage difference of opinion, not punish it

Over the past number of days a controversy has been brewing within Young Fine Gael over the attendance of its current president, Killian Foley-Walsh, at the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) conference in Washington DC last week. [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:00+00:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Diversity: the same old faces are deciding the world’s future and it affects us all

Just 160,000 Tory party members chose Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson. It’s the first time in history that the UK prime minister has been determined by voters from only one party. Research by Queen Mary University London and the University [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:01+00:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |