Sauce, geese and ganders

So – deal or no deal? It could go either way, if you read the signs. Both the DUP and Sinn Fein are making noises that they want a deal but it’s the other lot’s fault. The DUP says blame the Shinners, they the DUP were up in Stormont yesterday waiting for republicans and they […]

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Normalise yourself, please

= ?Have you heard them? As the noise of the media storm against Gerry Adams continues, little voices have begun to squeak up, advising anyone who will listen that were Gerry Adams to quit the stage, preferably taking Martin McGuinness with him although that might be asking too much, such a retiring action would move […]

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Normalise yourself, please

= ?Have you heard them? As the noise of the media storm against Gerry Adams continues, little voices have begun to squeak up, advising anyone who will listen that were Gerry Adams to quit the stage, preferably taking Martin McGuinness with him although that might be asking too much, such a retiring action would move […]

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You are strident, I am sweet reason…

Yesterday provided a rare sight on TV: a politician not personally under pressure standing up and saying he thought the media, or some sections of same, were reporting an issue in a reprehensible manner. The politician was Martin McGuinness and he made no bones about his opinion of the coverage around the alleged abuse involving […]

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You are strident, I am sweet reason…

Yesterday provided a rare sight on TV: a politician not personally under pressure standing up and saying he thought the media, or some sections of same, were reporting an issue in a reprehensible manner. The politician was Martin McGuinness and he made no bones about his opinion of the coverage around the alleged abuse involving […]

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Transfer and hollow out

Now that the air is thick with mud being lobbed in Gerry Adams’s direction, it’s easy to forget what the Sinn Fein project is. Long-term, the party has one central objective: a re-united Ireland, governing itself free from British intervention. Since that is in the hands of the majority in the northern state, it might […]

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Transfer and hollow out

Now that the air is thick with mud being lobbed in Gerry Adams’s direction, it’s easy to forget what the Sinn Fein project is. Long-term, the party has one central objective: a re-united Ireland, governing itself free from British intervention. Since that is in the hands of the majority in the northern state, it might […]

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Not grinding axes

Yesterday in the changing room at the UU Sports Centre I eavesdropped on two men. (Actually they were talking so loudly, it was more a case of eaveasassault than eavesdrop.) They were talking about the Robinson affair and their particular contempt was directed at the hypocrisy of those who’d preach about sin while themselves merrily […]

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Not grinding axes

Yesterday in the changing room at the UU Sports Centre I eavesdropped on two men. (Actually they were talking so loudly, it was more a case of eaveasassault than eavesdrop.) They were talking about the Robinson affair and their particular contempt was directed at the hypocrisy of those who’d preach about sin while themselves merrily […]

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Say the word

In today’s Observer newspaper, there’s a reference to Martin O’Neill, the manager of Aston Villa, as ‘the Northern Irishman’. Why is that, I wonder? If I was talking about Arsene Wenger, I don’t think I’d refer to him as the ‘South of France man’ (or whichever region he’s from) or to Rafael Benitez as the […]

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