John Hyland – ‘British Empire brought great benefit to Ireland’ (August 17) – in his eulogy to the British Empire, and the hubris in which he defended the virtues of it, I’m sure raised a few chuckles and frowns across the country.
When one reflects on the widespread focus on the understandable concerns around the threat to the security of PSNI officers arising out of the data leaks, one is left wondering why we are not angrier about what seems to be an acceptance of an “acceptable level of threat” to them and their families.
I recently attended an Ireland’s Future gathering at St Mary’s College about the road map to a border poll which turned out, to no surprise, to be an evangelical lecture about the virtues of Irish unification. As a ‘persuadable’ I am up for a thoughtful, social, political, and economically progressive-driven road map, but this was not it.
There is an untapped potential to move humanity from its narrow national boundaries and self-interests to an enlightened future in which reality and empathy will help prevent the extinction of civilisation from the destructive impact of global warming, war mongering and the exploitation of peoples and limited resources.
Being born poor anywhere in the world places a child at a huge disadvantage but there are countries where the education system mitigates against the worst effects of poverty. Countries like Canada, Finland, South Korea and Japan, where the education system supports disadvantaged children.