All posts by James Bradshaw

Today, Something Changed in Ireland

Today, something changed in Ireland. For the first time in history, abortion is now readily available and practiced throughout 26 of our 32 counties. From this day forth, a new service will be offered in local medical centres. As patients...

/ 01/01/2019

On Creed II, Rocky and Fatherhood

This articles contains spoilers.  Creed II hit Irish cinemas last week, and the eighth installment in the Rocky saga has received rave reviews. Spoiler alerts seem redundant; with Rocky movies, there are no real surprises. The protagonist in this chapter of...

/ 09/12/2018

Does Peadar Tóibín’s New Movement Stand a Chance?

New parties have not fared well in Ireland historically. All of the leading parties were established by 1933, and the impact of newcomers has tended to be slight and short-lasting. Contrast this with France, where the En Marche movement captured...

/ 01/12/2018

Burke’s Right Minds: James Bradshaw – Conservative Libertarian

Burke’s Right Minds is a project exploring and promoting viewpoints within the conservative intellectual sphere, jointly run by The Burkean and the Edmund Burke Institute.  Political self-descriptions are hard, and the road which one must travel before arriving at a...

/ 09/11/2018

The 2018 US Midterms: What We Learned

As the dust settles on a rollercoaster midterm election in the middle of a rollercoaster presidential term, it’s worth taking stock of what just happened. Things aren’t nearly as bad for President Trump as his political and media foes would...

/ 08/11/2018

Is the Peter Casey Surge a Sign of Things to Come?

In 1964, something remarkable happened in American politics. Faced with no real prospect of dislodging the incumbent President Lyndon Johnson, the Republican Party faithful threw caution to the wind. Instead of nominating a moderate such as New York Governor Nelson...

/ 29/10/2018

The Burkean’s Presidential Election Recap

Tomorrow, we go to the polls to elect a president, and the incumbent is virtually certain to be re-elected in a landslide. But let nobody tell you that this exercise in democracy has not been useful. At this point, let...

/ 25/10/2018

Michael D Has Lived Well Off the Taxpayer – He Won’t Change in the Next Seven Years

The presidential election of 2018 has drilled home one point repeatedly: President Higgins has lived very well for the last seven years. The next seven years are not going to change him in the slightest. Given the futility of the...

/ 16/10/2018

Book Review: The Benedict Option

Released early last year, Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a post-Christian Nation has been heralded as one of the most important books about religion in recent times. Its author has acquired a large following on...

/ 14/10/2018

Brett Kavanaugh Is Not On Trial – the Presumption of Innocence Is

Brett Kavanaugh Is Not On Trial - the Presumption of Innocence Is By James Bradshaw Observers of American politics have been glued to the cataclysmic battle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United State Supreme Court. It...

/ 03/10/2018