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Profile for Aaron&Brian

This is the joint profile of Aaron Callan and Brian John Spencer, Northern Ireland's finest purveyors of the weekly overview: "The Comment on the Week" Actively Tweeting from @acallan87 and @brianjohnspencr

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The Welfare Mission

Mon 8 April 2013, 2:17am

Tweet When George Osborne became Shadow Chancellor he made Welfare Reform one of his primary issues to focus on when in Government. Along with Iain Duncan-Smith, they worked on what would become Universal Credit which has had a difficult birth as a Government policy. The past week, more so than ever, with Osborne pointing towards […] more »

Obama Reflects on Northern Ireland at a Crossroads

Mon 1 April 2013, 2:37am

Tweet As we approach the 15th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement we’re engaging in what has become an annual tradition: a reflection on how far Northern Ireland has come. This comes with the usual back patting. Then there’s a bit of critical analysis – people talking about how we must do better – from the […] more »

Budget 2013: A missed opportunity

Sun 24 March 2013, 8:02pm

Tweet George Osborne for the first time appeared nervous. No Chancellor in recent memory, apart from perhaps Gordon Brown, in the early years of New Labour appeared so cocksure. For three years Osborne has had to dress up bad news as good news. He cherry picked the statistics that suited him best, of course all […] more »

Cameron’s Dunkirk?

Sun 27 January 2013, 6:45pm

Tweet So at last David Cameron delivered his long awaited speech on Europe. Arguably the most important speech, by a British Prime Minister, since Tony Blair’s speech proposing the case for war in Iraq. British politics, it seems, has entered the era of the referendum arguably started with the referendum on the voting system in […] more »

The end of the High Street as we know it…

Sun 20 January 2013, 6:14pm

Tweet Since the financial crisis of 2008 many firms have closed down or have turned into one of the many so called zombie companies occupying the high street. However, the high street as we know it has been changing since the start of Internet shopping and its popular growth over the last ten years. The […] more »

A troubling relationship

Sun 13 January 2013, 9:53pm

Tweet The ever fractious relationship between the UK and European Union seems to be at breaking point, or so it seems if you listened to the Eurosceptic’s of the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party has come a long way from the days of Sir Winston Churchill, who is held up in Europe as one of […] more »

Fiscal Cliff Averted

Sun 6 January 2013, 11:45pm

Tweet So the fiscal cliff saga between the Republicans and President Obama had all the drama of the West Wing and even ended with resolution like an actual West Wing episode. The only fear is that this drama is set to re-appear in the future with both sides already highlighting the need for more debate […] more »

An English Guinness?

Sun 30 December 2012, 9:37pm
black on black

Tweet This time of year is always interesting for the release of state papers under the thirty year rule. The release of these papers bring fresh light on a period of our past and often reveal tensions we thought were there as well as unearthing stories we didn’t even expect.The one story that struck me […] more »

Review of the Year: Top 5 stories

Sun 23 December 2012, 7:24pm
NI 2012

Tweet   President Obama’s Re-Election This has to be one of the major stories of this year, President Obama was under immense pressure from all quarters and pulled off a great victory. He now faces the long road of securing his legacy as a President, which, could be decided over the issue of the economy. […] more »

Aaron & Brian’s Sunday View: the Census

Sun 16 December 2012, 5:50pm
the third identity

Tweet   The Irish Times led with, ‘There are just 54,000 more people from a Protestant background than from a Catholic one in Northern Ireland’. The headline figure, that most papers and the media noticed, was that the gap between Protestants and Catholics had narrowed to 3 per cent in the recent statistics released from […] more »

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