LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (45) by Perkin Warbeck

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                                                                                                                 Mutt comes especially alive, blossoms, indeed,  on Bloomsday (June 16) that day of days for all true, blue DUPliners. And this year more than most, for it afforded him a chance to point out to an ineffable Jeff from their unmatched vantage point on top of Liberty Hall, […]

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YET MORE OLD ROPE by Donal Kennedy

From THE IRISH TIMES  OCT 2 2014 ( Though Jude and I were the unacquainted with each other, he cited this letter of mine, with approvaI, in his BLOG  “Electorai Personation and Intimidation” on the day of its appearance in The Irish Times) “Professor John P McCarthy (Sept 30th) would have us believe that the […]

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Last night on Channel Four

 The Twitter comments on last night’s Tory leadership debate on Channel Four were more interesting (if less respectful) than the debate itself. But there were a few things we can scrape from it. If there is a more irritating man in the world than Michael Gove,  he should maybe go into a dark room with […]

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Jeremy Hunt: ‘I’m a believer!’

S Sometimes the powers-that-be overstep the mark. Most of the time they get away with it. You’ll recall, I’m sure, when Tony Blair was trying to sell his weapons-of-mass-destruction snake-oil, millions of people, particularly in the UK, took to the streets to tell him they didn’t believe him and they were opposed to the invasion […]

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What happened

I was  talking to a man recently  and the topic of the recent election came up. “Young people want to move on” he said. “They want something more than just the old extremes of orange and green. They’re more interested in real change  with parties like Alliance – parties of the centre.” I bit my […]

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SQUEAKY CLEAN? NOT YOU, GOVE! by Donal Kennedy

I’m told cocaine is an expensive habit and that some newspapers pay their columnists as much for a single opinion piece  as many nurses, ambulance men, teachers or firemen earn in a single year. THE TIMES is  a prime example. In an attempt, coordinated with the Government led by Lord Salisbury, to destroy the Irish leader […]

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Sweet and reasonable Jeffrey

Jeffrey Donaldson is the sweet ( as distinct from the sour) face of the DUP.  He says things like “Tony Connolly of RTÉ is a good guy and I like him.” But as a good Christian, Jeffrey has to tell the truth. And the truth according to Jeffrey is that this whole Brexit balls-up is […]

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NOT GIVING A MONKEY’S by Donal Kennedy

“In a series of questions Lavery, who was representing the majority of the victims’ families, suggested that Heath’s lack of interest in events in Northern Ireland stemmed from his knowledge that the public on the mainland cared little for the province.” THE quotation is from the Obituary of Michael Lavery,  QC  in THE TIMES of […]

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Life in a job by John Patton

Examinations for final year students in Scottish schools ended at the beginning of this month. Some may now be in temporary, summer jobs as they await the results in mid-August that will influence future choices and careers.  That vacation employment will also impact significantly on their future development. For many, they will be in some […]

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