Trouble in Scotland

It’s fair to say that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, the two people who have done most to bring Scotland to the verge of independence, are not best mates right now. Last week Salmond denounced the massive conspiracy of the SNP and the Scottish civil service and just about everyone else, saying they had conducted […]

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Sammy and the Lyon by Michael Lagan

                      Gordon Lyons was on the radio today claiming he had a responsibility as Agriculture Minister, albeit a stand-in for Edwin Pools,  to “do what is best for the people of Northern Ireland”.  He claimed the reason he halted the building of all permanent Irish Sea border post structures and halted all recruitment was because […]

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Scottish independence: fatally wounded?

It’s fair to say that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, the two people who have done most to bring Scotland to the verge of independence, are not best mates right now. Last week Salmond denounced the massive conspiracy of the SNP and the Scottish civil service and just about everyone else, saying they had conducted […]

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PAT + JUDE TALK ABOUT BANK CLOSURE, THAT RIOT IN DUBLIN, AND MITCH MCCONNELL – MAN OR RAT?

The Bank of Ireland has announced that 103 of its branches across the  island of Ireland will close. Is this simply technology developing and  something we must accept? That riot in Dublin at the weekend – was it a riot? Why did the Garda  Commissioner say there were far Left elements involved – and then  retract his statement. Do people have a right to plan and demonstrate  if they wish? And finally in the US, Mitch McConnell. In the days after the invasion of the Capitol building by Trump demonstrators, McConnell denounced  Trump  – but now he says he’d have no bother supporting him, if he is  the Republican party candidate. Is this Mitch bending to the democratic wish of the Republican party,  or trying to ride two political horses? Turn on, tune in, drop out….

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Sammy and the Good Lord Trimble

This blog first appeared as a column in The Andersonstown News Only a fool would squeeze all unionists into one category. Like nationalists and republicans, unionists come in all shapes and sizes, all temperaments and outlooks. Let’s take an example: Sammy Wilson of the DUP and the good Lord David Trimble. Sammy is red-cheeked and a bit overweight, the good Lord is thin-lipped and somewhat […]

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TWO DERRY MUSICIANS TELL THEIR TALES by John Patton

Interviewed on RTÉ Radio recently, smoky Irish blues singer, Mary Coughlan, revealed that music streaming service Spotify had paid her £39 in royalties for the year 2019. The singer got about £0.01 per play.   The music business has always been hard-nosed and the casualty list of once young and talented enthusiasts is an extended one. […]

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Drew and the buck eejits

I have no idea who the buck eejits were that congregated in Dublin yesterday to express their outrage over people being vaccinated and the idea that people might be asked to maintain social distancing and mask wearing. Maybe these buck eejits have access to information I have not, indicating that Micheál and Leo are drugging […]

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TV Review

This TV review first appeared in the Andersonstown News All sorts of strange stuff happens to your TV viewing habits during lockdown. These days, when house-imprisonment becomes a bit heavy, I head to SKY ONE and watch The Simpsons. SKY ONE offers  a double and sometimes a treble dose of them, one after the other. The Simpsons has been going since the late […]

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PAT + JUDE TALK ABOUT THE DUP + PARAMILITARIES, WHY DERRY +STRABANE ARE POOR, +DRUGS – LEGALISE ‘EM?

Derry-Strabane is one of the most impoverished areas in the UK – yet it has had John Hume, Mark Durkan and Martin McGuinness representing it.  Have they done a good job for their electorate? And finally, drugs. Yummy-yummy. No, seriously – should drugs be legalised and government controlled? The War Against Drugs has been raging […]

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