May, 2016

Not enough information, would you say?

I’m writing this a few hours before heading out to JFK airport to get the flight back home, so I’ll keep it brief. It’s a point I sometimes struggle with: how much information do my readers need? I was talking to an intelligent young Englishwoman (OK, she’s my daughter-in-law) and she said she frequently found […]

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‘Brexit: A Nation Once Again?’ by Dónal Lavery

There has been surprisingly little debate within the nationalist community about the possibility and implications of a Brexit next month. I declare my hand – I intend to vote Leave. My reasons? Economic, constitutional, democratic and philosophical. Make no mistake about it, I believe that Ireland should be a reunified, sovereign, federal Republic – with […]

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‘Elections, to vote or not to vote’ by Jessica McGrann

According to statistics in the north, the electorate among traditionally Irish population has increased and the traditionally unionist / British population has decreased.  At the same time, the passion for a united Ireland has decreased dramatically throughout the whole of this island and is lower in 2016 than I can recall at any point in […]

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THE BIGGEST RADIO SHOW IN THE COUNTRY

I’ve had it up to here! “It’s the BIGGEST SHOW IN THE COUNTRY!” the radio fairly bellows out, propagandising, as it does ,the lunacy that either Belfast or possibly Norneverland is a real country. Okay , it’s Radio Ulster banging its chest while promoting the Nolan Show in its jingling trailer..Maybe they want to hit […]

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Justin and Colum: decent people?

Well, who would have thunk it? Imagine a politician elbowing one person in the chest and telling another to “get the fuck out of the way” in the chamber of the legislative building. No, Virginia, I’m not talking about Colum Eastwood. I could never imagine Colum using language like that. Although who, before it happened, […]

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On being a winner

As that bundle of fun T S Eliot put it, “…human kind/Cannot bear very much reality”. I found those words tumbling about in my skull last week, during a chat with a man who knows a thing or two about sport. The subject of Leicester City FC came up, and I told him how comforting […]

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ULSTERISATION OF SCOTLAND by John Patton

‘There was an IRA march in the middle of Glasgow’,  I was casually informed by a woman the other evening.  When I pointed out that it was most unlikely that this would be permitted, she told me that the Police were there stewarding it. In the end, she said that it may not have been the […]

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JUST DESSERTS

At least it has made Norneverland ‘s politics momentarily interesting. This business about the Ulster Unionist Party going into opposition with the latent hanging notion that their leader, TV Mike ‘s seemingly desperate act to stay relevant , might actually force both the SDLP and Alliance to break the logjam and join an Opposition with […]

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