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  1. Comment on Update-Mr Allister-you don’t realise when you’ve got a good thing.
    on 1 November 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Given that Dr Haass has yet to meet with Jim Allister / TUV (and doesn’t appear to have made much attempt to) I think it is a fair comment.

    I would have thought that Dr Haass may have realised that although Allister is a lone voice, he is a voice that is increasingly being listened to and should be treated as such.

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  2. Comment on [Updated] Another summer storm in a teacup over an MLA’s expenses…
    on 7 August 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Has Conall ever turned down an interview before? That is probably a bigger story!

    But yes, when an MLA pays a company as opposed to actually hiring a secretary or PA then it is difficult to account for who benefits and what needs to be declared. At least if someone is hired by an MLA there is a name and contract that can be checked.

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  3. Comment on Trimble on Trimble: “Adams and McGuinness were deciding that they would prefer to have Paisley and Robinson as their interlocutors…”
    on 6 August 2013 at 12:15 pm

    DT demonstrated a bit of humility which is in stark contrast to his time at the head of the UUP.

    If you looking a more substantial and contextual look at DT Dean Godson’s biography and Frank Millar’s interview-style book are must reads.

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  4. Comment on Housing Executive: there was “a considerable degree of challenge” by management to the findings of inquiries
    on 5 July 2013 at 11:37 pm


    The DUP have already confirmed they will be using a petition of concern, nothing to do with other parties forcing it. Makes Monday’s recall even more of a talking shop than usual.

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  5. Comment on Housing Executive: there was “a considerable degree of challenge” by management to the findings of inquiries
    on 5 July 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Follow the money…..

    There is no doubt in my mind that NIHE are ultimately responsible for not having the right checks in place that would have identified what we now know was widespread abuse. The difficulty for the Minister is his dealings with the former Red Sky folks while they were in administration after the overcharging had become public knowledge.

    Then that ties in with the disputed phone call between Cllr Palmer and the Special Advisor.

    From what I heard in the Spotlight programme I think the double glazing contract is actually the more serious issue.

    Just heard the DUP have issued a Petition of Concern for Mondays debate and that is an absolute disgrace. In no way when a Minister is under pressure should a party abuse the PoC in that way.

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  6. Comment on SpAd Bill passes final reading at the Assembly…
    on 4 June 2013 at 11:12 am


    I’m wondering how it’ll turn out for Jim Allister.

    He can’t simultaneously say that the Assembly is a broken institution where you can get nothing done, while taking the credit for piloting this SpAD bill through that same institution.

    Surely the point is that the Executive is incapable of making such legislation as it acts as a black hole that proposals go in but never come out. When it gets to the executive table items such as the libel law changes and the National Crime Agency do not re-surface.

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  7. Comment on SDLP: “Absolutely none of our MLAs will be putting their name to a petition of concern.”
    on 31 May 2013 at 4:43 pm

    All the hypothetical situations being put forward are laughable. No party, other than Sinn Fein, have appointed or want to appoint such inappropriate individuals to this highly paid civil service equivalent position.

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  8. Comment on AG tells Allister his bill is NOT in breach of the ECHR…
    on 28 May 2013 at 9:44 am


    Maybe Seamus Mallon is indicating that the SDLP thought they could get away with it because it was a bill being proposed by Jim Allister?

    i.e. trying to portray him as the barrier to agreement.

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  9. Comment on Ann Travers: “If had joined the IRA or a loyalist paramilitary and killed someone, I would be being listened to…”
    on 23 May 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Just watched the Alex Attwood incident, really poor show from him. Considering it showed him before the meeting telling the beeb he would speak to them later! Obviously under immense pressure.

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  10. Comment on Ann Travers: “If had joined the IRA or a loyalist paramilitary and killed someone, I would be being listened to…”
    on 23 May 2013 at 2:55 pm


    I suppose when an individual barrister, who has risen to the pinnacle of their profession and they specialise in criminal law it should come as no surprise that they can be involved in the highest profile criminal cases in the land.

    You are essentially attempting to imply that every barrister defending a person condones their action in some shape or form.

    It is often said that the NI Assembly lacks MLAs with real expertise but instead have career politicians. Whether you like Jim Allister’s politics or not you cannot deny the expertise he brings to the Assembly. The manner in which he has drafted, presented, and engaged in debate on the floor of the assembly is something that has been lacking.

    Jim Allister has set the bar high and all the parties are struggling to get there.

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