2020 has put everyone into difficult scenarios that they could never have expected. With that in mind, I’ve decided to share my own story from 2017. I’m not doing this because I think it’s relevant or to impart some world wisdom, I don’t really know what I learnt from it. How do you learn from a near death experience if you didn’t really experience it? I know I’m not the same if that means anything — and that phantom pains are not pleasant.

All I know is that this is an unusual story and people like unusual stories. …


On Thursday, voters in Scotland, Wales and London will vote in elections for their devolved legislatures. Londoners will re-elect Sadiq Khan as Mayor.

All of these elections were supposed to have happened in May 2020 but, y’know, Covid.

The election in Scotland could determine the future of the United Kingdom.


Northern Ireland witnessed its most violent rioting in years this week but instead of focusing on the problems most of the UK media invented a narrative that suited their own agenda, and had little to do with events on the ground.

As a young person prepares to throw a petrol bomb over the interface, the words ‘there was never a good war or a bad peace’ stand out in bold

Seven days of rioting on the streets of Belfast resulted in 0 mentions on the front pages of any major British newspaper except the Metro — who had a very lazy take and had to change their original heading — and the Financial Times. …


The Conservative government will today vote to ban any protest that:

  1. Causes serious disruption to anyone in the vicinity.
  2. Is loud enough to disrupt anyone in the vicinity.
  3. Has the potential to cause either 1 or 2.

The definitions of ‘serious’ and ‘vicinity’ are at the discretion of the police, as is the level of permitted volume.

The author participating in an event causing ‘serious disruption’

Why now?

It was drawn up in response to the Extinction Rebellion protests last year and has been lumped together in a huge change to a wide range sentencing guidelines. The explicit mention of Extinction Rebellion and statue damage during BLM protests in the reasoning for the bill is telling.


Back in the days of being able to travel I went to the world’s most famous disaster zone, here’s what happened.

The ferris wheel, best not to touch it.

Welcome to the second installment of my self-published stories of dangerous experiences.

Part 1 involves less radiation and more guns.

Background

I was bored one evening so amused myself in the usual pre-pandemic fashion — clicking onto Google Flights ‘anywhere’ option to look for cheap flights to new places. Ryanair flights to Kiev popped up for next to nothing, I told my roommates, and soon 9 of us had our tickets.

It was a few days later when my roommate first mentioned going to Chernobyl. The Netflix show wasn’t released until a few weeks after our trip so it wasn’t on my mind; I’d expected a weekend in a new city for sightseeing…


Northern Ireland’s Education Minister has confirmed that primary school transfer tests (AQE Tests) will go ahead next week. This is a poor decision.

There will be three papers respectively on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of January. Students need to sit two papers but if they take all three, their best two scores will count. If they decide to sit one paper, students will be awarded a ‘Score’ not a ‘Result’ which grammar schools can decide to count or not.

I’m not going to get into the debate over whether these tests are needed any other year.

No, I’m only writing about whether they’re necessary this year.

The exams serve one purpose and one purpose alone, to determine who can go to grammar…


Reading coverage of the last week of Brexit negotiations one would be forgiven thinking that the EU was jeopardising Europe and Britain’s economies by holding out against unfortunate British patriots who just want to fish in their own waters.

Fish Fights are a distraction.

Fishing makes up just 1% of the British economy and less than that for most of the EU. Some countries — like Czechia & Austria — don’t even have coast lines. Why would they risk so much just to for the French to catch more mackerel?

The short answer is: they wouldn’t and they aren’t.

A Herring, in red.

So what actually matters?

The EU cares about the single market, mutual recognition of rules and state aid rules — as well as adherence to the Withdrawal Agreement that has already been signed by the UK. …


Trump lost and Republicans are putting democracy at risk to humour an impeached President who lost the popular vote twice.

It’s been 12 days since the US election. It’s been at least 9 since it was clear that Biden won. 9 days from the last election Trump and Pence had started their transition and had met with Obama and Biden to organise a peaceful hand over of power.

This time Trump and Pence are leading a campaign of lies to avoid reality and undermine trust in the very institutions that put them where they are.

If only there was a way to see this coming?

Trump-fearing Republicans have started a new campaign to ‘Count the Legal Votes’. Which appears to mean only counting votes for Trump. They’ve made a slew…


The US Presidential Election is dominating the headlines, not least because one of the protagonists is Donald Trump. Covid-19, including Trump’s own scare, and arguments around voting by mail make Nov. 3rd a very unusual election.

Biden is well ahead in the polls but, as well know, they aren’t infallible.

Expect the first results to come in soon after 11pm (GMT) on Nov. 3th. Every major news network will cover it live so choose whichever you prefer.

Each state is counted seperately so results will trickle in long into the night, close states will take longer to announce than states…


The UK just has to make a decision, and stick to it.

There are three Brexit outcomes, the UK must pick one and negotiate the details afterwards. Each has repercussions. No one else can make this decision.

They are:

Option 1. Stay in the EU’s Customs Union.

Option 2. A sea border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Option 3. A border between the UK and Ireland.

Pros and Cons of each are listed below.

So, which has the UK they selected so far?

All of them.

Theresa May picked Option 1 (‘The Backstop’), Boris Johnson won an election on choosing Option 2 (The Withdrawal Agreement), but the new Internal Market Bill undoes this in favour of Option 3 (No Deal).

Eoghan Kelly

Elections geek and opinionated rambler.

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