“It was like Belfast in the 1970s out there”

So far I’ve only found one mention of Belfast (or Northern Ireland) in this morning’s Daily Mail. [free at the airport - don't judge!] On page 13 a neighbout was describing a Facebook party that had got out of control next door to his house in Essex:

It was like Belfast in the 1970s out there. It was terrifying. There were hundreds of people out to cause trouble.

1970s? How out of touch …

Maybe GB aren’t paying attention to the scenes from NI that are playing out on the network news each evening?

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  • keano10

    Once again we need to spotlight the proportionality of the media response to all this. Of course they are obliged to cover the violence, but both BBC and UTV have failed to accurately reflect the paltry numbers who are attending these protests.

    Yesterday’s latest figures :

    Ballyclare 140 (Strongly Unionist town)
    Finaghy 80
    Limavady 60
    Dundonald 450
    Lisburn 80
    Cookstown 100
    Shaws Bridge 50
    Broadway Roundabout 100

    Once again at (at maximum) maybe just 1200-1300 people in the whole of the North who felt the issue was worth sticking on a coat and attending a protest for.

    Somebody in both BBC & UTV need to have a serious look at how attendances at these protests are being reported (or rather not reported…).

  • Brian Walker

    keano10
    Where do you get these interesting figures?

  • Mick Fealty

    Keano, can you put your figures on Johns flegs thread so we can keep them together?

  • keano10

    Okay Mick. Sorry.

    Brian most of them are obtained from local papers in those towns. Some are available from Police updates and the only two figures to date which are not fully verified are those for Broadway Roundabout yesterday evening and also for the protest in Limavady.

    To be fair many twitter updates and a few journalists updates put the Broadway figure at only 50-60 but I rounded it up to 100 for fairness. With regard to Limavady this is pretty accurate according to all available updates, but wont have full confirmation on that until Thurs am when the weekly local paper is published. They dont appear to do ongoing daily updates on their website.

    The Dundonald turnout was the highest with 400 being reported in two places and 500 on the BBC website so I settled on 450 as a reasonably accurate figure.

  • Granni Trixie

    Yes,there may only be relatively small numbers on the streets but look at the ripple effect:transport disrupted and people staying at home at the expense of social and commercial life. A return to feelings of fear and intimidation is a return to the past and so much for ‘our time our place’ and pretence at having
    good relations on the agenda.
    And brand Ni as tourist destination will have to built up from scratch ….again.

    I think that the media coverage in NI is quite responsible. Not to do so would indicate tolerance of standards we will have to live with in future.

  • Trapattoni

    Yes,there may only be relatively small numbers on the streets but look at the ripple effect:transport disrupted and people staying at home at the expense of social and commercial life.

    That’s due to a failure to police these protests.

  • Granni Trixie

    Right. Blame the police. Tell that to the policewoman who was lucky not to lose her life last night.

    No, I place the blame rightfully on politicians who once again wind people up and the
    protesting followers who don’t seem to have learnt anything since the days of Paisley.

  • Trapattoni

    I certainly will Granni, the policing response has been shambolic, will it take one of their number to be killed before they step up to the mark. That said Unionist politicians and gangsters have to shoulder their share of the blame. Their targeting of Alliance personnel and property has been nothing short of a disgrace.