Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is an Irish freelance journalist writing about politics, society and culture.

He studied History and English at the University of Limerick and American studies in Budapest, Hungary.

The real problem with British democracy: First-past-the-post

It’s a matter of faith among Brexit supporters that failing to obey the consultative referendum on EU membership is an assault on democracy. MPs who actively campaign to stay in the EU are betraying that democracy. Almost every day a Brexiteer or sympathetic news outlet rages against the ‘anti-democratic’ Remain...

Tory Leadership? There’s no such thing

The bloated corpse of Theresa May’s premiership is finally floating down the Thames and the political minnows are circling. It will be a leadership race unprecedented in modern times as the Tories compete to see who’s the most buzz-wordy, who can fake compassion for the poor and whose Brexit plan...

The Caster Semenya decision is a regressive disgrace

Caster Semenya is a woman. She’s not transgender. She hasn’t wilfully altered her hormone levels. She’s just a woman who has elevated levels of testosterone. This biological quirk helps her to be world class athlete. And now she’s being punished for it. The IAAF’S ruling will force Semenya to artificially...

Democrats should not nominate Joe Biden in 2020

Donald Trump has reached his late-Nixon phase: he’s paranoid, unpredictable and a threat to American democracy. The Mueller Report showed a litany of unethical actions, attempts to obstruct justice and old fashioned executive incompetence. Impeachment is probably off the table, but Trump’s numbers are under water in key swing states...

Just let Cersei Lannister sort out Brexit

Brexit is coming…eventually. With the exit date delayed until October and a bevy of deplorables running in May’s European elections, is it any wonder that millions are tuning in to Game of Thrones for a little escapism? Or at least, that’s what many worthy commentators would like us to believe....

When will Britain’s long national nightmare end?

There are some events that traumatise a country. Some countries are unlucky enough to experience dozens of national disasters, making trauma part of their cultural make up. This true of Ireland, Hungary, Germany and Russia to mention just a few. But not Great Britain. The UK has had its fair...

Does Shamima Begum’s baby deserve to be abandoned?

There is a British baby in Syria. His name is Jarah. He’s only a few days old. His two older siblings are dead. He might never see his father. And his mother? She’s an object of hate. Plastered across British newspapers, Shamima Begum is the ‘Jihadi bride’ who’s been told...

What if Jeremy Corbyn had crashed his car?

Picture this. Jeremy Corbyn is driving through Islington on constituency business. He pulls out of a side road too fast and collides with another car, carrying a woman and a nine-month-old baby. The woman suffers a broken wrist, but Corbyn and the baby are unharmed. When Corbyn is pulled from...

Brexit’s radical agenda should horrify conservatives

What exactly is so conservative about Brexit? That’s ‘small c’ conservative. And it’s a question that’s rarely been asked over the last three years. Most people, on both sides of the debate, seem to take for granted that conservatives are and ought to be in favour of leaving the European...

Reversing Brexit will be a dangerous moment for the UK

There is now a realistic possibility that the UK will not leave the European Union. Talks are already under way to extend the Article 50 deadline. An extension can only mean one thing: a second referendum. EU leaders will not extend the deadline to allow for renegotiation of the Withdrawal...

The Brexit Brigade is riding into the Valley of Death

The great survivor has done it again. Theresa May is still prime minister and she’s still leading her troops on the long march towards Brexit. But there are no spoils of victory for May to enjoy. Her deal still won’t pass the House of Commons and the EU has categorically...

If the UK were a person, its friends would be very worried

In 2003, the United Kingdom invaded Iraq as part of the ‘coalition of the willing’ led by the United States. Their justification? Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, it was part of the axis of evil, like Al Qaeda, and its people would welcome western troops as liberators. But there...

Now we know: Brexit means Thatcherism on steroids

The European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit think tank, is trying to hide its real views about the UK’s future. The ERG’s 140-page report on post-Brexit Britain has not been published. It was shelved at the last minute because it contains a clear blueprint for the country Rees-Mogg and...

Why haven’t the Tories dumped Theresa May yet?

The Prime Minister is a dead woman walking. Her political career is stumbling along like a zombie, getting ever slower and more unsteady. Brexit negotiations are going badly and no-one is happy with the current situation. Theresa May is enduring attacks from her left and her right; her own party...

How would Prime Minister Boris Johnson govern Britain?

They're not just whispering it any more. Boris Johnson's supporters are openly talking about him as the next prime minister. Everything is going exactly as Johnson planned. His article in the Daily Telegraph caused precisely the controversy he wanted. Boris' tasteless jokes about Muslim women's attire were carefully chosen to...

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