Perpetrators of violent crimes are too often given lenient sentences by judges who are gifted with the power of discretion. Victims are left forgotten in this process. Justice must not just be done, it must be seen to be done. Minimum sentencing must be introduced, and judges’ discretion taken away, to better serve victims and ensure those who commit violent crimes are appropriately punished.Read more "Mandatory Minimums"
There is a very real chance that Scotland will vote for independence on the 18th of September this year. An independent Scotland would change many things, not least the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.Read more "Scotland the Brave"
Hillary Clinton is in the running to be Barack Obama’s successor in the Oval Office, so naturally we should be thinking about who she will run as her Vice Presidential nominee – it could help her secure the presidency after all.Read more "Clinton-? 2016"
The Sinn Féin of old has never actually gone away. They like to regale the public with tales of how they are changed, and how they’re learning from their past to move into the future, but when times get tough their true side comes through again. Their recent political gains have finally established the party […]Read more "The Danger of Sinn Féin"
This September will see the people of Scotland voting in a referendum which, if passed, would result in the country declaring independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I’m not going to take a side in the debate leading up to this; it’s not my country, it’s not my decision. It […]Read more "The Scottish Question"
Being gay is not easy. Homosexuality has existed for thousands of years, in virtually every species, and yet it still is not easy being a homosexual man on Earth in the 21st Century. It seems so strange that it should be difficult to be who you are at this stage of human development and yet […]Read more "A Patronising Call For Calm"
The past two years have seen immense progress in LGBT rights worldwide, particularly in the amount of jurisdictions that permit same-sex marriage. At the end of 2011 there were only 20 places worldwide, both nationally and sub-nationally, that same-sex marriages were performed; that number has more than doubled in the succeeding two years, with 23 […]Read more "Voting on Marriage"