Toys for the boys

Yesterday on  BBC Radio Ulster’s (sic) ‘Sunday Sequence’  they were talking about the number of legally-held firearms in the north, and today Tom Kelly in the Venerable Organ was on about the same thing. The Sunday Sequence discussion put the figure at 150,000; Kelly in the VO puts it at 200,000. The point is,  this […]

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Toys for the boys

Yesterday on  BBC Radio Ulster’s (sic) ‘Sunday Sequence’  they were talking about the number of legally-held firearms in the north, and today Tom Kelly in the Venerable Organ was on about the same thing. The Sunday Sequence discussion put the figure at 150,000; Kelly in the VO puts it at 200,000. The point is,  this […]

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Guess who came to lunch?

A sizeable portion of the south’s population love royalty. Which is why a sizeable portion of the south’s population must have been pleased to hear that Ian Paisley and his wife were yesterday given a conducted tour of both houses of the Seanad in action. Apparently there was heated debate in both chambers during the […]

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Guess who came to lunch?

A sizeable portion of the south’s population love royalty. Which is why a sizeable portion of the south’s population must have been pleased to hear that Ian Paisley and his wife were yesterday given a conducted tour of both houses of the Seanad in action. Apparently there was heated debate in both chambers during the […]

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Three ways to save £3 million

The cost of policing parades last year was nearly £3 million. At the best of times that’s a hefty sum; in the present stormy waters of recession it’s a criminal waste.  There are two ways this waste could be avoided. The Orange Order could accept that it’s their activities that are causing this drain on […]

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Three ways to save £3 million

The cost of policing parades last year was nearly £3 million. At the best of times that’s a hefty sum; in the present stormy waters of recession it’s a criminal waste.  There are two ways this waste could be avoided. The Orange Order could accept that it’s their activities that are causing this drain on […]

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If they’d stayed at home nothing would have happened to them

There’s only one thing more sickening than the Israeli attack on the supply ships bringing relief to Gaza, and that’s the response of some respectable journalists and commentators in the West.  I was listening to  Radio 4’s  Thought for the Day (hugely better than Radio Ulster’s [sic]  effort, as a rule) the other day and […]

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If they’d stayed at home nothing would have happened to them

There’s only one thing more sickening than the Israeli attack on the supply ships bringing relief to Gaza, and that’s the response of some respectable journalists and commentators in the West.  I was listening to  Radio 4’s  Thought for the Day (hugely better than Radio Ulster’s [sic]  effort, as a rule) the other day and […]

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Horrible or not so horrible? It all depends.

Picture this.  A man is walking along the Falls Road. It’s lunchtime and the place is busy with people shopping, chatting,  working. Suddenly  there’s mayhem  – shots ring out and passsers-by see two men firing point-blank at a man already lying on the ground. The man is rushed to hospital where he dies a short […]

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Horrible or not so horrible? It all depends.

Picture this.  A man is walking along the Falls Road. It’s lunchtime and the place is busy with people shopping, chatting,  working. Suddenly  there’s mayhem  – shots ring out and passsers-by see two men firing point-blank at a man already lying on the ground. The man is rushed to hospital where he dies a short […]

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