Definition of the Day

future (verb). Definition: (in politics) to speculate on what might happen, in order to encourage the belief that it already has.

Example: “Well I think if you are convinced, and remember we are “futuring” here, if you make a decision and you believe that it is the right political decision to make, then you have to stand over it.”

  • inuit_goddess

    Well if Sinn Fein are “futuring”, any favorites for describing what the Dups are doing?



    Answers on a postcard please…

  • slug

    Is he preparing his base Sinn Fein voters?

  • seabhac siulach

    “Is he preparing his base Sinn Fein voters?”

    Is that supposed to be a pun?

  • slug

    Not aware of there being a pun.

    My question is simply whether he is preparing base republicans for a change of stand-point on policing?

  • Pete Baker


    I’d suggest that an interview in the Belfast Telegraph would be more likely to be aimed at an external audience.

  • slug


    Good point. Perhaps he is preparing DUP voters 🙂

  • Greenflag

    inuit_ goddess,

    Past ing .

    Demonic Unprecedented Pasting

    So Far

  • Rusty Nail

    Slug, as Pete has pointed out on the other thread(s), what was said in the Rowan interview was not exactly earthshatteringly new. However, as noted, the BT as choice for venue of expression indicates the message is for an external audience, and in the context of the on-going negotiations that are nearing a(nother) deadline, it can be seen, given the time-frame that has been put into the response (weeks rather than months), as an indication of movement. SF are prepared to jump if the DUP are going to move, seems to be the smoke signal.

  • Pete Baker


    As Rusty admits, there’s nothing new in the interview, Kelly’s just repeating what’s been said, with occasional wobbles, since January.

    But Rusty’s reading of the smoke signals misses the rather obvious neon sign – “and because we’re ready, it’ll be their fault if there’s no deal”

  • BogExile

    This is a typo. He clearly meant, ‘we are footering here’ derived from the verb to ‘Footer’ which means to do fuck all but give the appearance of some movement.

  • slug


    Thanks for explaining; that makes perfect sense.

    Its not that there is gonig to be a deal, the point is to show that you are ready to move so as to blame the other side.

    Likewise with the DUP consultation exercise, some might say.

  • slug

    Rusty Nail

    Thanks to you too; although I am not sure whether Pete has “nailed” it better than you 🙂

  • Rusty Nail

    Thanks, Slug. I seem to have rubbed Pete the wrong way, or perhaps I am not upholding Slugger’s standards of tea-leaf reading. 😉
    But yes, it (usually) goes without saying that the blame game is still in play, and any footering about with the future is meant to ensure no blame sticks.

  • joeCanuck

    It’s rather obvious that it’s a done deal. if an Ard Feis is to be called within weeks, the outcome is a foregone conclusion. The Sinn Fein leadership would nver call such a conference otherwise.

  • joeCanuck

    priceless. “You have to stand over it.” The flicker picture beside it was of a urinal.

  • FuturePhysicist

    Don’t we adjust for future costs like interest and inflation?