PAT +JUDE TALK ABOUT BOJO ‘KNUCKLEHEAD’, MARY LOU & US LAWYERS, AND THE DUP PREPARE FOR MAJOR SWIVEL

Emmanuel Macron is fed up with Johnson – when they meet face to face he’s friendly and reasonable, when he gets out the door he denies  things he’s said. Macron says he’s a ‘knucklehead’. Mary Lou McDonald was in the US addressing a bunch of lawyers, and  told them we are living ‘in the dying days’ of partition.She talks about a border poll within 5-10 years. Is she kicking the can? And lastly, it’s beginning to look as if the DUP is going to settle for that  little old protocol after all – maybe they are fearing the slippage to the  left and the UUP rather than that to the right and the TUV. Time to press that button….

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Sinn Fein – Constitutional Nationalist? Or should a more pertinent question replace that headline, with – Is Sinn Fein still a Republican Party? -By Kieran Mc Carthy

                                         I recently found myself agreeing with much of what Fra Hughes had to say in his blog – (30-11-21), ‘Sinn Fein: From Revolutionary Party to Constitutional Nationalist.’ Like Fra, I once found myself asking, whether I had left Sinn Fein or if Sinn Fein had left me. And like him, I’ve often asked where […]

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Garbhan Downey interviews Pat and Jude

In anticipation of the launch of WHAT SHAPED ME tomorrow evening  (Thursday 2 December)  at 6.30 pm in Derry Central Library, Foyle Street,  Garbhan Downey talks to Pat and me about the people we  interviewed, what they said – basically, about how seriously wonderful a book WHAT SHAPED ME is, and why y’all need to be at  Derry’s Central Library tomorrow evening at 6.30 pm to get your signed copy. Garbhan will be there too, asking some more questions.

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TV REVIEW: THE VIEW

This review first appeared in the Andersonstown News As ever, Mark Carruthers stands (why oh why do they have to stand?) clutching a sheaf of notes. “Could Christmas be cancelled?” he asks, and welcomes us to THE VIEW (BBC ONE). He has as guests Christopher Stalford (DUP) and Owen Tennyson (Alliance). The latter looks young and guileless, the former less young and […]

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LAW, DISORDER, SECRETS AND LIES – by Donal Kennedy

One Friday afternoon in 1911 an almost empty House of Commons passed the Official Secrets Act  with less than an hour’s debate. In 1848 in similar haste the Treason Felony Act was enacted. Both Acts are still in force. How much in force is itself an Official Secret. On the face of it a person […]

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