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.

Bridging the growing inequality divide in London

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

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....

Britain’s Brexiversary woes in 10 “I told you so’s”

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?

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?

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...

Theresa May under pressure over blocking security services probe into Arron Banks Brexit campaign millions

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

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...

Theresa May: “We can deport first and hear appeals later”

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...

“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...

The Irish border: Take out a map and look at it

The Irish border: Take out a map and look at it

It's funny that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is called the 'Irish' border. Yes, it's on the island of Ireland, but it certainly wasn't an Irish idea. At least, the vast majority of the island's citizens didn't want the country to be cut in two...

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...

Scotland greets Donald Trump as he plays golf at his Turnberry resort

How much national humiliation is Britain willing to accept?

In a classic episode of Yes, Minister the hapless minister Jim Hacker and adroit civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby desperately try to stop a visiting African president from making a controversial speech in front of the Queen. The fictional country's leader successfully extorts money from the British government in exchange...

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...

Tech jobs: What has the Trump effect really been?

We’re watching the slow death of American democracy

The United States of America is at a critical moment in its history. The president is a demagogue with a contempt for democratic norms and the rule of law. The party that elected him is filled with his lackeys, extremists who want to use him to push their regressive ideas...

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump agree to meet in historic first

How would Trump handle Brexit? Just ask North Korea

In Boris Johnson's recent leaked remarks, for which he has still not been sacked, the Foreign Secretary said “Imagine Trump doing Brexit. I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness.” Most people laughed off this comment as yet another example of Johnson's toadying up...

May finds magic money tree to stay in power after campaigning against Labour’s money tree

Theresa May’s cowardice leaves Northern Ireland in the dark ages

On 7 June, the UK Supreme Court will issue a ruling on Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has argued that the law criminalises 'exceptionally vulnerable women.' Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland except where the woman's life is at risk or there is...

In Trump’s World, Liberals Need A Bastard Of Their Own

In Trump’s World, Liberals Need A Bastard Of Their Own

What did Trump do right? That's the only question that matters for progressives and liberals now. Donald Trump doesn't care what any of his opponents think. He doesn't use sanitised politispeak to discuss simple issues that affect real people. If he thinks someone is an idiot or an idea is...

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...

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