The Irish Abortion Referendum, 2018

Abortion is legal in Ireland where the life of the mother is at risk, including cases of suicide. Around 26 are carried out each year, according to official figures. Since 1967, it has been legal in Great Britain (which doesn’t include Northern Ireland) where there is a risk to life or the physical and mental health of the woman or where the child will have a severe mental or physical handicap. There were 185,596 abortions in England and Wales in 2016, 97% of which were on mental health grounds. Of these, 99.8% were classified as “mental disorder, not otherwise specified”. It is a common misconception that abortion is freely available in Britain up to a 24-week limit. Legally this is not the case, but in practice the thin end of the wedge has made abortion on demand a reality. Continue reading

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On Psychopaths

Do you know what a psychopath is? It’s worth knowing because they do exist and can be very skilled at pretending to be the opposite of what they are. Callous, selfish, insincere, lacking in empathy and acting without remorse, psychopaths can be very charismatic and put on a great show of caring for others. I don’t know how common they are but I’ve definitely met at least two. Continue reading

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“I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Irish Marriage Referendum, 2015)

As if there hasn’t been enough written about this already… but here goes. The campaign for the Marriage Referendum should now be over as the broadcast moratorium kicked in at 14:00 today (the 21st of May, 2015). Not too early to comment on how the debate played out in the media, then! For those who don’t know, the referendum is ostensibly on whether to allow same-sex marriage. It’s something that should be a straightforward question that most people should be able to decide on with a minimum expenditure of brain power. It turned out to be much more complicated, however… Continue reading