Arlene, Man Flu and the questions that weren’t

I’m baffled. Confused. At a loss. I’ve just done a word-count of Arlene Foster’s manifesto speech. It comes to a mite short of 3,000 words. In it she mentions a lot of things –  Gerry Adams twelve times – but she doesn’t mention the leader of the party which is the DUP’s main rival, Sinn Féin’s […]

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‘Alliance Party: the “centrist” soft Unionist deception’ by Ruaidri Ua Conchobair

Today’s Alliance Party vehemently deny that it continues to be a small ‘u’ Unionist party, fully supportive of Northern Ireland’s constitutional status remaining that of a region within the United Kingdom. However, I would venture, Alliance are no-more than a relatively liberal pro-UK party committed to simply advancing modernity in this region of the UK. […]

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The Guardian eyes us up

It’s always instructive to see ourselves as others see us, providing of course that we don’t get obsessed with  what the neighbours must think of us. So when I noted this morning that The Guardian website has an editorial on our little NE nest. The editoris contained a number of valid points. “Only a fraction of the […]

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Jonathan vs The Machine

Jonathan Bell – remember him? For a while back there, you couldn’t turn on the telly without seeing his sad little face and worried forehead and – momentarily – tear-filled eyes. He did a lot of calling on the support of God at the time, even kneeling with his spiritual adviser before facing Nolan (a […]

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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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The Media by Joe McVeigh

When the anti Brexit campaign began along the border, I spent a good deal of time talking to a journalist from the Financial Times. He came along to the Rally we organised on the Fermanagh/Cavan border and as well as giving him an interview, I introduced him to others from the area. Yet in his […]

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Mike and Colum and their Number Twos

Sometimes my heart goes out to Mike Nesbitt and Colum Eastwood. Both come trailing clouds of glory from yesteryear: don’t forget, they were the two parties that launched Stormont power-sharing. But, as the song says, that was yesterday, now yesterday’s gone. Both parties know, deep in their boots, that it’ll never be glad confident morning […]

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‘A Word To Arlene: reset the DUP’s moral compass’ by  Ruaidri Ua Conchobair

We must return to the promise of our 1998 Belfast Agreement peace deal by fully implementing that Agreement… or we condemn ourselves to perpetual strife and division. Ireland was the British crown’s first colony, and the Northern Ireland state is an undemocratic gerrymandered remnant of that once larger colony. British conquest of Ireland was immoral, […]

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