Is the word ‘populist’ an insult?

  The word ‘populism’ seems to appear practically every day in the media. Indeed, the media appears to spend an inordinate amount of time on what they consider is the ‘populist’ rhetoric of Donald Trump. At times they do speak of other populist personalities, especially those in countries like Poland and Hungary, but mainly it’s […]

Allow me to be a little parochial, for a moment

  The Irish banking crisis may be a little parochial, but the Irish government’s reluctance to act immediately on the EU money laundering directive is indicative of the relations between Brussels and the national parliament. Let’s take a recent concrete example of the 2015 anti-money laundering directive, which has lain dormant in the corridors of […]