Sisters could do it for themselves?

What’s the silliest thing you heard in the wake of the election results?  My favourite was a comment from an ex-politician. With no trace of irony, she expressed satisfaction that Maggie Ritchie, Arlene Foster and Naomi Long had been elected to Westminster.  “I think they can achieve great things working together!”  was the judgement.  I’m […]

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Sisters could do it for themselves?

What’s the silliest thing you heard in the wake of the election results?  My favourite was a comment from an ex-politician. With no trace of irony, she expressed satisfaction that Maggie Ritchie, Arlene Foster and Naomi Long had been elected to Westminster.  “I think they can achieve great things working together!”  was the judgement.  I’m […]

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Alex steps out

In recent days I’ve been berated by a number of people for the things I say about the SDLP. “You’ve a good word for everybody but never a single good thing to say about the SDLP!” one man told me, and for a heart-stopping moment I thought he was going to hit me, but then […]

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Alex steps out

In recent days I’ve been berated by a number of people for the things I say about the SDLP. “You’ve a good word for everybody but never a single good thing to say about the SDLP!” one man told me, and for a heart-stopping moment I thought he was going to hit me, but then […]

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Protecting the powerful

Are you public-spirited? No, me neither.  When I hear of have-a-go heroes who attack yobs with their umbrella or copy of The Times I ask myself “Why?”  Why is this man risking life and limb and probably other parts as well, to confront these law-breakers?  Isn’t that what we pay the police handsome salaries to […]

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Protecting the powerful

Are you public-spirited? No, me neither.  When I hear of have-a-go heroes who attack yobs with their umbrella or copy of The Times I ask myself “Why?”  Why is this man risking life and limb and probably other parts as well, to confront these law-breakers?  Isn’t that what we pay the police handsome salaries to […]

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Let’s put the past behind us – OK, chaps?

                                                             Seems  a lovely chap, doesn’t he? Fresh-faced, nicely-greying hair, tall, the kind of fellow who inspires confidence and even warmth. But then that’s Owen Paterson’s job. He’s the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and it’s his assigned role to project a pleasant front for the British government in this part of Ireland.  […]

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Let’s put the past behind us – OK, chaps?

                                                             Seems  a lovely chap, doesn’t he? Fresh-faced, nicely-greying hair, tall, the kind of fellow who inspires confidence and even warmth. But then that’s Owen Paterson’s job. He’s the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and it’s his assigned role to project a pleasant front for the British government in this part of Ireland.  […]

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It’s Show Time

The Commander-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment was in Belfast yesterday. (You remember the Parachute Regiment – the ones that shot dead fourteen innocent people in Derry in 1972).  You may have caught a glimpse of him on TV, being welcomed by Mary Peters and Lord Mayor Naomi Long, who did a nice curtesy before the […]

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It’s Show Time

The Commander-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment was in Belfast yesterday. (You remember the Parachute Regiment – the ones that shot dead fourteen innocent people in Derry in 1972).  You may have caught a glimpse of him on TV, being welcomed by Mary Peters and Lord Mayor Naomi Long, who did a nice curtesy before the […]

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