The British Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng had had to eat some of that nasty dish – humble pie – and reinstate the 45% tax on the top earners. Is he doomed? Was Jim Allister right when he said that the 3 Arena rally on Saturday was a wash-out? Steve Baker, former ERG chairman, has apologised for […]

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Is Steve Baker eating his pie alone? – by Michael Lagan

Is Steve Baker Eating his pie Alone?   Sticks and stones may break my bones…but sometimes words just aren’t enough.  Steve Baker, NI Minister has apologised to Ireland and the EU for “Not always behaving in a way that would mean they would trust us in the Brexit negotiations.”  The problem with that is the […]

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Ex-Unionist, the New Norm – by Michael Lagan

    Under the iron fist of a Protestant Ulster for a Protestant people, Catholics and most certainly Irish Nationalists were treated like second-class humans, at worst animals.  The recent census statistics and Catholic reactions to them have been largely misinterpreted by Unionists, and while Protestants aren’t an issue, with Protestants and Catholics by and […]

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The End of Partition: Planning for Ireland’s Future by Declan Kearney

    Sometimes decades of political change can happen within periods of months. That’s one way to characterise developments in Ireland over recent times. One hundred years after the one party ‘orange state’ was politically and socially engineered in the north of Ireland to maintain an in-built unionist majority, all the evidence confirms that partition has entered its […]

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Can Jim fix it?

    There is  an article in today’s Irish Times, where the speech Jim O’Callaghan will give in the 3 Arena tomorrow  is laid out as  seven essentials for a united Ireland. (Jim, by the way, is tipped for the leadership of Fianna Fáil when Micheál runs out of road.)   Mr O’Callaghan will say […]

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Messrs Making a Mess – by Michael Lagan

  Messrs Kyle and Woodward set the cat among the pigeons, or indeed the chickens this week, when they individually stated in one way or another that a border poll was closer than many might think.  Peter Kyle, the Labour Party Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to give him his full title, stated […]

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Alliance: the raven is in their living-room

  As indicated by several guest-bloggers on this site recently, the Alliance Party is getting more and more concerned as the core issue of a border poll is discussed more and more frequently. They always knew that one day, this dark-winged raven would fly in and roost in their living room; now that it has, […]

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