Friday, 24 March 2017

Dialling down the spirit of the Blitz

A friend of mine called me from London today wanting to know if it was just him, or was everybody..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Martin McGuinness: a staunch Republican racked by guilt

I only ever met Martin McGuinness once. It was January 31, 1972, the day after Bloody Sunday, when we had a..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Seconds out, round 1 of Le Grand Débat

Last night’s first of three French presidential debates, if not exactly rivetting television, at least showed that the level of..

By Walter Ellis


Friday, 17 March 2017

George Osborne scoops himself as new editor of Evening Standard

So George Osborne is to be the the new editor of The Evening Standard, taking over from Sarah Sands when..

By Walter Ellis


Monday, 13 March 2017

Take no prisoners: making sense of sovereignty

With the triggering of Article 50 just around the corner, much is being made of the fact that, so far..

By Walter Ellis


Monday, 6 March 2017

Fillon at bay... and look who's waiting in the wings

Conor Cruise O’Brien once famously said of Ireland’s most scandal-hit prime minister Charlie Haughey that he would not believe his..

By Walter Ellis


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

What is going on? Fillon is going on

You have to hand it to him. The man’s got balls. Six weeks ago, François Fillon, the centre-right candidate in..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Is Germany out for itself? Well, who else would it be out for?

There is a lot of guff talked about Germany, mostly in connection with the country’s apparent domination of the euro..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Vanishing Irish: demography as a misery memoir

I returned to France this weekend from a two-week visit to Belfast and was struck, not for the first time,..

By Walter Ellis