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Jason O'Mahony

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An Occasional Guide to Modern Politics: The Illiberal Liberal NEW
Jason O'Mahony 19 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
In another time, he would have made a wonderful member of the Spanish Inquisition, or a Witchfinder General. It’s ironic given his loathing of Judeo-Christian beliefs, but he does share the love of the Inquisition for purity. Like his counterpa...
The Death of Ross and Rachel. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 5 Days, 5 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
The American chatshow host Conan O’Brien remarked last year that he had noticed a significant change in audiences who attended the recording of his show on TBS. He pointed out that in the 1990s a guest who was the star of a successful show...
The Pro-Life Amendment of 1983: an alternative history. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
But for Deputy Martin Faraday, it could all have been so different. The Irish government, pressurised by a politically active Pro Life Campaign (PLC), would still have held a referendum in 1983 to insert an anti-abortion clause into Ireland...
Cult TV: Scarecrow and Mrs King. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Week, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Building on a common theme of both “The Man from UNCLE” and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, “Scarecrow and Mrs King” (1983-87) was based on the partnership of an American intelligence agent Lee St...
An Occasional Guide to EU politics: The twitching British Eurosceptic. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
It’s a form of political colour blindness. No matter what the result, there’s a peculiar type of British Eurosceptic view that interprets things in a way completely different from the rest of people on Earth. When 75% of voters vote for p...
Cult TV: Matt Houston NEW
Jason O'Mahony 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
“Matt Houston”, which ran for three seasons from 1982-1986, gets unfairly labelled as a “Magnum PI” knock-off, primarily because it A) featured a moustachioed PI with a penchant for fast cars, faster women and wisecracks, and...
An Occasional Guide to Modern Politics: The Kremlin Patsy. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
He’s a new type on the block, and governed very much by the credo of “My enemy’s enemy is my friend”, and the Kremlin loves him. Not because he’ll sing the praises of the Putin regime, because that would be just too weir...
Israel to move to Wyoming. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Nethanyahu has announced that the country is to move lock, stock and barrel to a new location in the US state of Wyoming. Speaking in an interview with Fox News, the PM said: “We’ve been...
Democracy & human rights are not the norm. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Viktor Orban, prime minister of Hungary, is the latest symptom of a dangerous, poisonous idea that is spreading across the globe.  Democracy, the idea goes, is a weak concept that is more trouble than it’s worth. From the central comm...
Some questions about the situation in Gaza. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The following are questions that I genuinely don’t know the answer to about the Israel/Hamas conflict. And please, if you’re one of those people who reads the first question and decides that “Well, he’s obviously on the side o...
I support Barack Obama because he’s rational. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Last year, an unusual thing happened to me. Ireland held a referendum on abolishing its Senate, and I campaigned in favour of abolition. Most of my political friends were opposed to abolition. For the first time ever, I was actually in fundamental di...
An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The See-Nothing Party Man. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
He’s not personally corrupt. Oh, he’s sat down with developers and followed up their queries with planners, but he does that for ordinary punters too. Nothing wrong with asking a legitimate question for a constituent, as long as you don&r...
Gaza. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
I’ve avoided writing about the Gaza crisis up ’til now for the simple reason that it triggers that irrational style of debate we see in Northern Ireland known as “Whataboutery”. You’ll know it well, where every exam...
Europe elects its first Prime Minister and nobody notices. But they will. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Sometimes it’s the little things. In 1989, after failing to win a majority in the Irish general election, Charles J. Haughey was forced to formally resign as Taoiseach. People forget this now, because Haughey remained as acting Taoiseach until...
Shock as Fox News poll reveals that people who didn’t vote for Obama overwhelmingly disapprove of his presidency. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
In a crushing blow to the administration, a new Fox News poll has revealed that a stunning 94% of people who didn’t vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 disapprove of his administration and its policies. “It’s a shocker,”...
Democrats table motion to impeach President Perry “just on the off chance”. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has announced that congressional Ðemocrats will be tabling a motion to impeach Texas governor Rick Perry on the off chance he’s elected president in 2016. Speaking to reporters, Sen. Reid said: “We feel t...
The Chinese Communist Party Vs. The Decepticons. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Spoiler alert: I recently went to see Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, and wanted to write about a political aspect of it. In order to do that, I need to write about the plot, so if you don’t want to have that spoiled for you, stop reading NO...
Superstate: A Political Fantasy of the European Union. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Note: this is a very long bit of fun I wrote in June 2013. It is obscenely long, so you might want a biscuit and a nice cup of tea. Alternatively, you can download it here as a PDF for enjoyment later. Part One: A woman named Valerie. The image, of a...
The self destructive tendency of Fine Gael and Labour. NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
I’ve written about it before, that moment in 2016 when around 50 Fine Gael and Labour TDs will go through one of the most emotionally devastating moments of their lives as they are ejected by the voters at the count. Many will never hold p...
Humility, President Juncker, Humility! NEW
Jason O'Mahony 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
There’s a rumour floating about that there’s a plan for a imperial-style presidential inauguration ceremony for Jean Claude Juncker, to be held at the European Parliament. Please, in the name of God, don’t let it be true. There woul...