GET OVER YOURSELVES By Randall Stephen Hall

GET OVER YOURSELVES By Randall Stephen Hall © 28.3.17   Ah, will you just Get over yourselves. Get on with it, make a move And just do your jobs. What’s your job description? To serve the people? Who are you serving? Self serving, self service. Self, self, self. Your main agenda. Wrapped up in a […]

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THE ART OF KICKING CANS DOWN A LONG ROAD

I’m not sure….but I’m almost certain that I have never before come across a man such as our current Secretary Of State ,Mr James Brokenshire ,who could talk with such great facility for long minutes…possibly hours on end , like a practised filibuster and actually say very little at all.It is a skill that most […]

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The Civil Rights Movement – A Missed Opportunity

    A MEETING TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND CIVIL RIGHTS ASSOCIATION IN THE LINEN HALL LIBRARY, 17 DONEGALL SQUARE NORTH, BELFAST – SATURDAY 8TH APRIL AT 1.30 p.m. SPEAKERS: ANTHONY COUGHLAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMERITUS TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLINKEVIN MCCORRY FORMER ORGANISER NICRA   NICRA was unique as a political movement in the […]

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On being the meat in a Bertie-Ian sandwich

I was on BBC Radio 4’s The World At One today and I feel like curling into a foetal position and weeping. The other contributors were Bertie Ahern (proof positive that there is life after death) and Ian Paisley. I caught just a bit of what Bertie had to say: it appeared mainly to consist  […]

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The talks break down and that Sunday break

So now. The talks have broken down, parties have walked away and we all hold our breath for the judgement of the small but perfectly formed British Secretary of State. Will he call a second election? Not a chance. Will he introduce direct rule? I very much doubt it. Will he kick the Pope, sorry, […]

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IMAGINATION AND VISIONARY THINKING

“What’s the news, what’s the news, O me bold Shelmalier With your long barrel guns from the sea? Say, what wind from the south brings a messenger here With this hymn of the dawn for the free? Goodly news, goodly news do I bring youth of Forth Goodly news shall I hear Bargy man. For […]

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Martin McGuinness and that troubling early violence

There have been a lot of assessments of Martin McGuinness over the past week. Apart from Jim Allister, virtually all commentators and politicians have praised McGuinness’s commitment to peace and reconciliation over the past 10-20 years. Where real division occurs is in terms of his IRA involvement. Many say that he had a choice – […]

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