Being Ordered

I see where a principal of a Catholic secondary school in West Belfast has been awarded an OBE in the recent round of baubles from Buck House. This principal, like most OBE-ed Catholic principals in this tormented little corner of ours, is a woman. They usually are: if you visit Derry, you could hardly throw […]

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Ruling the airwaves and fluffing the geography

There’s always a temptation to duck a truth about oneself, so when I sat waiting for The Stephen Nolan Show to ring me this morning (they said they would and didn’t) and yesterday morning (they said they would and didn’t), I didn’t want and still don’t want to admit that my vanity is a little […]

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Ruling the airwaves and fluffing the geography

There’s always a temptation to duck a truth about oneself, so when I sat waiting for The Stephen Nolan Show to ring me this morning (they said they would and didn’t) and yesterday morning (they said they would and didn’t), I didn’t want and still don’t want to admit that my vanity is a little […]

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Whatever you say…

I’ve been asked to contribute…No, that’s a stupid word for it…asked to talk on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow morning. They’re discussing the question of journalists protecting (another loaded word) their sources. The two people in the spotlight at the moment are Suzanne Breen the journalist and Ian Óg Paisley, the, […]

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Whatever you say…

I’ve been asked to contribute…No, that’s a stupid word for it…asked to talk on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow morning. They’re discussing the question of journalists protecting (another loaded word) their sources. The two people in the spotlight at the moment are Suzanne Breen the journalist and Ian Óg Paisley, the, […]

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Watch out for unionist shrapnel

Cheesh – it’s almost like old times. A right-wing demagogue doing a Mussolini act before adoring disciples, people refusing to shake hands with other people, people turning their backs and booing their political opponents, lusty delivery of ‘God Save The Queen’…It all makes me feel about twenty years younger. And don’t tell me the press […]

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Watch out for unionist shrapnel

Cheesh – it’s almost like old times. A right-wing demagogue doing a Mussolini act before adoring disciples, people refusing to shake hands with other people, people turning their backs and booing their political opponents, lusty delivery of ‘God Save The Queen’…It all makes me feel about twenty years younger. And don’t tell me the press […]

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A tale of three ferrets

Two – no, three political dramas unfolding this weekend. In Britain, Gordon Brown is being savaged by his own party, who are shit-scared that they’re going to go down with him at the next election and are hoping against hope that maybe, somehow, someone else will mean there’ll be less Labour blood on the walls […]

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A tale of three ferrets

Two – no, three political dramas unfolding this weekend. In Britain, Gordon Brown is being savaged by his own party, who are shit-scared that they’re going to go down with him at the next election and are hoping against hope that maybe, somehow, someone else will mean there’ll be less Labour blood on the walls […]

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Europe calling…

I’ve just realised the European election results won’t come in until Sunday night/Monday, which is a pain in the EU BUM, as I’d been looking forward to Friday and watching a series of politicians squirming as they try explain away d-e-f-e-a-t. Grotesque, but no more grotesque than some of the things being said in the […]

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