Author Harry McAvinchey

IS JONATHAN BELL A DECENT MAN?

Is there room for decency in politics or does that concept have to be abandoned completely? Is a “decent politician” in reality , an oxymoron? It’s a while since I heard the expression.”He was a decent man”.The word “decent ” or even the word “decency” seem like very old -fashioned words these days.They’re the kind […]

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VOTE ARLENE WHILE SHE MAKES HAY

My eyes glazed over as she spoke the words .”I’ve got “man-flu””. That is how the female leader of the Democratic Unionist Party started off. Well there goes any pretence at femininity , I thought to myself. Freeze that image! What a start indeed? Did she deliberately say the word “man” to strip herself of […]

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POLITICS AND GEORGE ORWELL’S SAUSAGE

The evening before , I watched the latest version of Alex Haley’s “ROOTS” about the the black Mandika warrior Kunta Kinte who had been enslaved in Africa and brought to the Colony of Virginia in America to work and breed , as good as any horse ,on a tobacco plantation. A version of the story […]

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PLUS CA CHANGE , LIAM

Liam Neeson , the Irish actor will collect his Old Age Pension in June this year for the first time .I know this because Liam and myself are exactly the same age .Well actually he’s about two weeks older than me so he will score his those few days sooner. We both grew up in […]

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THE END OF THE LINE

The DUP(Democratic Unionist Party) has just aired another Party Political Broadcast. This time they want to present themselves as an impossibly more cuddly bunch.For such a deluded gathering of political grotesques that is a big ask.They’ve decided that the image needs some buffing up for the less-astute pilgrims ,in wake of their long list of […]

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TICK TOCK SAID THE CROCODILE

At last Arlene Foster has surfaced like some multi -toothed …erm….crocodile .Aye “crocodile” is the current buzzword for “bogeyman” or possibly for Nationalism itself, as the DUP prepares for battle in the coming election …Maybe she’d been watching Walt Disney’s version of “Peter Pan” and heard that old ticking clock that Mr Crocodile had swallowed […]

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LET US COMPARE MYTHOLOGIES

“Let us compare mythologies”, as the bard ,Leonard Cohen ,would title his rare 1956 book.At this moment the election machines are cranking up for another tilt at the windmills of power .We’re experts on elections in Norneverland so there is now no novelty left in the process. How many times have I voted in this […]

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TRUMP’S DREAM COMES TRUE

What fun it is going to be in these coming years …… As the new Fascist Dictator of the World In Chains sat down like some bloated cartoon pig ,straight out of Looney Tunes ,as voiced by Mel Blanc, his tiny deep set eyes and tight arse-hole of a moue, peeking rat-like from amid the […]

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THE ELEGANT FISHER

An old friend returned. It was the wife who saw him first .We were walking alongside the river bank just as the snows had begun to clear. The fallen leaves were an umber and sienna mulch underfoot. Of course, I was negotiating a particularly squidgy muddy track ,assessing the glour and the glit, all the […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I don’t really read “the Irish News” regularly.I might pick it up in the barber’s once- a -month and scan through it while awaiting my turn in the chair. I’ll peruse through it and “the Newsletter” , flicking pages ,just to compare through which particular, specific prism the same world we all share , is […]

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