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.

Tory Leadership? There’s no such thing

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

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

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

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....

What if Jeremy Corbyn had crashed his car?

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...

“Flagship” Conservative policy defeated- is the Tory government of Theresa May about to fall?”

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...

Government Memo About Not Leaking the ‘Don’t Leak’ Memo is Leaked

Do you trust the Conservatives to feed your family?

It's happened. People are finally taking the risks of Brexit seriously. In Europe, politicians are talking about giving Britain the chance to stay in the EU. Prominent Irish media have urged their government to help Britain by extending the Article 50 deadline. And the Independent has launched a petition for...

“Confident, Assured And Comfortable” – Commentators’ Early Verdicts On Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Conference Speech

No, Jeremy Corbyn will not destroy the UK

"Keeping Jeremy Corbyn away from No. 10 is an essential national endeavour" the Daily Telegraph thunders. The reliably Conservative newspaper took some time off from trumpeting Brexit to once again attack the Labour leader. These attacks are becoming more hyperbolic by the day. The Telegraph is trying to convince its...

Theresa May calls General Election due to Brexit opposition

Brexit may destroy the Conservative Party

Brexit chaos continues to engulf Westminster. David Davis and Boris Johnson have resigned, along with a number of minor Conservative figures. The long awaited Brexiteer rebellion may finally have begun. And it could be fatal for the Tory Party. It's hard to underestimate the trouble the Conservative Party is in...

Rise Of The Robosexuals

Rise Of The Robosexuals

There's an episode of Futurama called 'Proposition Infinity'. It parodies the debates about gay and lesbian marriage in America by presenting a contentious referendum on the rights of robots to marry humans. Obviously, the idea of walking down the aisle with artificial intelligence isn't on the public agenda. But we...

The Aliens Are Coming But How Will We Cope?

The Aliens Are Coming But How Will We Cope?

When the astronomer Percival Lowell claimed he had found canals on Mars, that might have been the first truly scientific attempt to prove alien life exists. Today, Lowell's Martian canals are an embarrassment to the Arizona observatory that bares his name. But if Lowell was wrong about the specifics, he...

The London Economic

Yes, Virginia, It Is Fascism

When he called Mexicans rapists, the Hitler comparisons were hyperbolic. When he said he'd ban Muslim immigrants, 'bigot' was closer the mark. When the wall got ten feet higher, he was just a nativist. But Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican national convention pushed him beyond typical right-wing populism....

TLE

Goodbye Corbyn, Hello Chaos!

The Labour Party is tearing itself apart. Jeremy Corbyn's lukewarm support of the Remain campaign is just the excuse many Labour MP s have been waiting for. Corbyn's overwhelming surprise victory in Labour's leadership election upset moderate and right-leaning Labour members. Though Corbyn did his best to satisfy his parliamentary...

The case for a new Third Way

Time for a Republic of London?

Still suffering from the EU referendum earthquake, the wheels may be coming off the UK already. Scotland gave a resounding 'No' to the Eurosceptic lobby setting the scene for another independence vote. Northern Ireland chose to remain despite the DUP's self-serving europhobia. Voters in both countries can rightly claim they've...

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