Bums on benches

It’s a wonder some of our politicians and a fair number of public commentators have any hands left, they’ve been wringing them so hard in recent days. The latest occasion for exasperation has been Sinn Fein’s commitment to abstentionism. The politicians down Fermanagh/South Tyrone way insist that it’s important to oust Michelle Gildernew  because she […]

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Bums on benches

It’s a wonder some of our politicians and a fair number of public commentators have any hands left, they’ve been wringing them so hard in recent days. The latest occasion for exasperation has been Sinn Fein’s commitment to abstentionism. The politicians down Fermanagh/South Tyrone way insist that it’s important to oust Michelle Gildernew  because she […]

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Brown study

If I had a kennel, it would be filled with underdogs.  I’m not sure why, but when I see power being wielded,  I find myself tugged to the side of the person on the receiving end. So while I know it’s none of my business who gets elected in Britain, I can’t help but feel […]

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Brown study

If I had a kennel, it would be filled with underdogs.  I’m not sure why, but when I see power being wielded,  I find myself tugged to the side of the person on the receiving end. So while I know it’s none of my business who gets elected in Britain, I can’t help but feel […]

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Political parties and window-dressing

I remember 1992.  I was in the company of a senior SDLP politician and, as is the way of SDLP politicians, he was ignoring me because there was someone more important in the room. It was a few days before polling day for the Westminster elections and the senior SDLP man was explaining to the […]

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Political parties and window-dressing

I remember 1992.  I was in the company of a senior SDLP politician and, as is the way of SDLP politicians, he was ignoring me because there was someone more important in the room. It was a few days before polling day for the Westminster elections and the senior SDLP man was explaining to the […]

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You mean they don’t head the ball?

Jerome Quinn is mad as hell with the BBC and he’s not taking any more. Well actually, he’s taking a case against them, because he says they discriminated against him on the grounds that he came from a ‘Catholic and irish background’. It’s a tangled tale. Jerome (like myself an Omagh man) claims the BBC, […]

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You mean they don’t head the ball?

Jerome Quinn is mad as hell with the BBC and he’s not taking any more. Well actually, he’s taking a case against them, because he says they discriminated against him on the grounds that he came from a ‘Catholic and irish background’. It’s a tangled tale. Jerome (like myself an Omagh man) claims the BBC, […]

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Same old same old?

How do young(ish) people here vote? I ask because a couple of days ago I was listening to two thirty-somethings talking about the debate between the political leaders in Britain and the debate between the political leaders here. Their conclusion: the debate in Britain was far superior because the debate here dealt with the same […]

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Same old same old?

How do young(ish) people here vote? I ask because a couple of days ago I was listening to two thirty-somethings talking about the debate between the political leaders in Britain and the debate between the political leaders here. Their conclusion: the debate in Britain was far superior because the debate here dealt with the same […]

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