Author Harry McAvinchey

THE MAGIC MONEY TREE

  Legend has it that when Jack of Giant-Killer fame initially returned from the market after swapping their best cow for a piddling little bag of beans, his mother was not best pleased . I dare say that in those long-ago non- politically correct Norneverland days that she probably clipped him about the ears with […]

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ARLENE AND THE HUGE BEGGING BOWL

I see Arlene Foster , the one-time First Minister and Queen of Norneverland , has popped -up again after awakening from another three -month sleep where she’d lain comatose right through the recent elections , awaiting a prince to come along and kiss her awake. It had been a long wait and it might have […]

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A STEEP LEARNING CURVE FOR THE BRITISH PUBLIC

No …I don’t think that the British Government at Westminster is a neutral player anywhere in Ireland.That is even more to the point with the Tories taking the Democratic Uniionist Party into bed with them.That’s not to say that the Tories/ DUP is not a good fit .They are perfectly suited .Between them they’ll attempt […]

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BEE GOOD

So Theresa May, the Conservative leader has to go cap-in-hand to the Queen to ask permission to set up a much-depleted new government. We live in interesting times and times of great uncertainty ,but life will go on.Elections come and elections go and politicians will live and politicians will die but there are even more […]

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THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

You know that the DUP are worried when Nigel Dodds is dug up to represent Arlene Foster in the leaders’ debate, last night on television. They’re obviously afraid to let the leader of the party ,Arlene , open her mouth so near an election. Every time she appears she easily puts votes into the Sinn […]

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WHATABOUTERY

It’s never a good thing to get into a bout of whataboutery live on television when debating the current state of affairs in Norneverland.Mark Carruthers had set up a panel of party representatives currently about to joust the coming election. All the usual suspects were there ,prepared to have their say .Sinn Fein, the DUP, […]

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THE CURSE OF THE DREADED WAX MOTH

There’s not a whole lot to write about at the moment. You couldn’t scare up a scandal these days for love nor money …..and yet when we had an Executive here in Norneverland , there was hardly a week that went by without some scandalous political nonsense oozing its stink out under the door like […]

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TIT FOR TAT

Nelson McCausland is on the radio , wittering on in the lugubrious ,disingenuous, deliberately measured way he sometimes does , speaking slowly as if to add extra weight to his pontifications, or possibly because he imagines, mistakenly, that his words carry some weight. He appears to be dragged onto the airwaves almost daily to rail […]

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THAT FIRST CUP OF TEA IN THE UNIVERSE

So what good was a principle if she couldn’t get that great job back, she thought.They barely allowed her to speak about anything these days, but this idea that Nigel cobbled together just might do the trick and get those old wheels rolling again.It was worth a punt .This Irish language out-reach scam might just […]

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A PROBLEM SHARED

Apparently unionists worry about certain things. They are unsure whether or not some Irish Nationalists really want local government to succeed. They are dubious that republicans might want this to fail even though Martin MCGuinness attempted everything short of walking -on -water to prove to them that he wanted it to work. Unionists have some […]

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