Author Jude Collins

Position and pain in politics

A politician’s lot is not a happy one. Whether they’re going up or down, they are the target of attack and scorn, and if it wasn’t that the money is so good, few would answer the call. Take Karen Bradley.  She had her script written out and everything, this’ll please the DUP, yes, yes, I […]

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Press Release: BREXITEERS IN CROWN COVER UP IN N. I.; PLEA FOR US RESPONSE

AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE P. O. BOX 27296 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19118 The latest outrage from Northern  Ireland  Secretary Karen Bradley came this week in the House of Commons.   In an exchange with   her coalition partner, a  Democratic Unionist MP  from N. I.  she stated that  soldiers accused of killing civilians in NI “…did not commit crimes.”  Minister of Defense Gavin Williamson is to put the […]

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Journalists, the PSNI and being grateful

I recently watched a short video clip. As they stood on either side of lawyer Niall  Murphy ,  Stephen McCaffrey and Trevor Birney cut a sorry, even tragic sight. Barry looked like a middle-aged school-boy who’d been subjected to months of bullying; Trevor resembled a boiler that was at a temperature where explosion could occur […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (31) by Perkin Warbeck

                                                                                                                           Perkin   Warbeck  Like many a memorable sporting occasion before it the sport-themed party at The Great FOTsby’s  went into extra-time. None of us white-knuckled time-serving extras  gawking in  through  the railings  of West Egg had leaving on our minds, glued as we were to the goings on inside, the preferred stock talking, the  […]

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40 Minutes of Untamed Music by Randall Stephen Hall

RANDALL STEPHEN HALL 2019. . Live at the Venetian Concert Room at 5.00 pm. The Clayton Hotel, Belfast (just across from the BBC.) Part of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2019.  http://www.belfastnashville.com/index.php/19-festival-2019/204-tickets-for-2019-festival First discovered on The Gerry Anderson Radio Show and in recent years a regular contributor to the  Michael Bradley edition of the Friday […]

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TORIES AND TEAGUES AND DRIVERS OF NEGROES by Donal Kennedy

 “I happened indeed by a perfect accident to be born here, my mother being left here from returning to her house in Leicester……and thus I am a Teague ,or an Irishman, or what people please” declared Jonathan Swift, born in Dublin in 1657. In politics Swift rejoiced in the description “Tory” or Toraidhe, an insult […]

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On bad taste and TV

Yesterday, I posted a blog about the accuracy of points on Brexit made on TV by Naomi Long yesterday morning.  A multitude of people have hurried to tell me how obnoxious my (passing) comments on the Alliance Party leader were. I’ve gone back and looked at what I said and I can see that what […]

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“THE BBC DOESN’T DO PROPAGANDA” by Donal Kennedy

A few weeks ago a British TV programme focussed on Venezuela, a country of which I knew little. It showed the late President Hugo Chavez at various stage of his time in power. It showed him with supporters, civilian and military . He had been a paratrooper, not a detail  I’d instinctively warm to. But […]

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