Better to stay silent and be thought a fool…

Cheesh – the population of these islands, particularly Britain and the north of Ireland, will be spoilt for choice tonight. There’s the Brown-Cameron-Clegg Dingdong Round 2 (the red and blue corner boys will be throwing everything bar the corner stool at Clegg this time). Then there’s the little local matter of P Robinson, G Adams, […]

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Action not words

Maybe we shouldn’t expect it. I’ve seen Laurence Olivier, a demi-god when he had a Shakespeare script to deliver, reduced to a silly windbag when he delivered his own thoughts and words. And John Lennon was a pretty good lyricist but he talked tripe when he was interviewed about politics. So no, we shouldn’t have […]

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Action not words

Maybe we shouldn’t expect it. I’ve seen Laurence Olivier, a demi-god when he had a Shakespeare script to deliver, reduced to a silly windbag when he delivered his own thoughts and words. And John Lennon was a pretty good lyricist but he talked tripe when he was interviewed about politics. So no, we shouldn’t have […]

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First on stage: little Eamon

My God – is it that time already? The Sunday Tribune has a photograph of Eamon Gilmore, the Labour Party leader in the south along with Maggie Ritchie, the SDLP leader in the north. Eamon is twisting his fingers like a man who finds himself somewhere but can’t think of an excuse to be elsewhere; […]

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First on stage: little Eamon

My God – is it that time already? The Sunday Tribune has a photograph of Eamon Gilmore, the Labour Party leader in the south along with Maggie Ritchie, the SDLP leader in the north. Eamon is twisting his fingers like a man who finds himself somewhere but can’t think of an excuse to be elsewhere; […]

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Standing accused

Here – read this excerpt from an article in today’s Guardian newspaper and tell me what your immediate reaction is: ‘There is something deeply disturbing about the all-too-predictable manner with which one malicious accusation can destroy a priest’s reputation, career and ultimately his way of life…We live in a world where even informal hints of […]

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Standing accused

Here – read this excerpt from an article in today’s Guardian newspaper and tell me what your immediate reaction is: ‘There is something deeply disturbing about the all-too-predictable manner with which one malicious accusation can destroy a priest’s reputation, career and ultimately his way of life…We live in a world where even informal hints of […]

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How to sell a book

Ed Moloney ( or ‘Maloney’, as that venerable organ The Irish News today calls him) is a funny man. Funny-peculiar, that is, not funny ha-ha. Ed’s consuming passion at the moment is to shift copies of his book ‘Voices from the Grave’. That’s understandable. You’ve worked long and hard on a book so of course […]

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How to sell a book

Ed Moloney ( or ‘Maloney’, as that venerable organ The Irish News today calls him) is a funny man. Funny-peculiar, that is, not funny ha-ha. Ed’s consuming passion at the moment is to shift copies of his book ‘Voices from the Grave’. That’s understandable. You’ve worked long and hard on a book so of course […]

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Two big fat lies

Right – let’s nail the first big lie (well the first one I’ve noticed) in this election campaign. Let’s nail it nice and tight and permanent to the barn wall and then let’s throw buckets of cow-dung at it. The lie is that electoral pacts = sectarian head-counting. That was the excuse – or one […]

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