The look on Nigel’s face and the leaking boat

So now it’s settled. Nationalists and republicans in different constituencies are nursing their wounds or pogo-dancing and  yelling  “Gwan ya boy ya!”. There was a time when Fermanagh/South Tyrone got all the focus.  Remember when Michelle Gildernew held up four fingers – or was it five? – to indicate the size of her majority, and […]

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PROFILES IN COURAGE AND COWARDICE, PLAGIARISM AND GORDON BROWN by Donal Kennedy

P The Pulitzer Prize in 1956 was awarded to “PROFILES IN COURAGE” attributed to the Junior Senator from Massachusetts whose record in that House was not impressive. It featured eight persons, some coldly calculated to influence states where the Senator’s professed religion might have disqualified himfrom Presidential hopes. Other books had been shortlisted by the […]

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Don’t just sit there – VOTE!

Actions have consequences. If I kick a rock, my big toe will feel sore.  If I leave the house at 8.15 am for the 8.16 am train, I’ll miss it. If  I betray my best friend, I’ll in all likelihood lose my best friend. Why state the obvious on election day? Because quite a few […]

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For post-election studios: a modest proposal

One thing we can all agree on is that in this NE stateen we are bitterly divided.  The same applies at present to the United Kingdom  (now there’s a misnomer) and the United States (ditto).  The difference is that bitter division has been at the heart of our stateen from the get-go, whereas division has […]

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IPSO upholds Labour activist’s accuracy complaint by Donal Kennedy

www.thejc.com/ipso-upholds-labour-activist-s-accuracy-complaint-against-jc-1.493698 http://www.thejc.com/ipso-upholds-labour-activist-s-accuracy-complaint-against-jc-1.493698 ‘The Jewish Chronicle’ has itself reported the IPSO finding against it.  Jewish Voice for Labour has commented:  When claims of Labour antisemitism are properly scrutinised they fall apart time after time. Attacks on Jeremy Corbyn often highlight a claim that Louise Ellman ‘was driven out of the Party by antisemites’ . Such claims often […]

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That Ulster Hall rally

For some time now, with the media barred from entry, people have been wondering what happened when hundreds of loyalists and key unionist figures such as Nigel Dodds and Rev Mervyn Gibson met in the Ulster Hall. Fortunately, one of my friends is a master of disguise and managed to penetrate the gathering, dressed as […]

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Peeing and the state we’re in

My father was fond of saying “This country has gone to the dogs”. That was about fifty years ago, and we hadn’t at that point entered the Moral Age. That’s where we’re living now: in an age when moral sensibilities are highly tuned.  What would have slipped past in my father’s time now gets seized […]

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TWO TURDS OF A FEATHER – GUYS NAMED POLLARD 

In 1920 Pathe News, co-operating with  HUGH POLLARD of Britain’s black propaganda Unit in Dublin Castle, staged a mock encounter on the Vico Road by Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin. It was widely circulated at the time, purporting to be an actual engagement between the Crown Forces and the IRA in Tralee, County Kerry, approximately 200 […]

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Last night’s leaders debate: five things worth noting

When we pass judgements, we may reveal more about ourselves than the subject of our judgement, if for no other reason than that we select certain matters to comment on and don’t deal with others. With that wagging finger of caution in mind, here are five things that struck me about the Corbyn-Johnson debate on […]

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