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  1. Comment on The demise of the shrine
    on 16 August 2013 at 12:40 pm

    ‘Trying to compare it [the Maze] to the Holocaust Museum is ludicrous MOPEry, comparing it to the Famine Museum little better. The simple fact is that it was a gaol.’

    I made no such comparison. I merely pointed out that children can take something from visiting grim places that have nothing to do with ‘entertainment.’ You see, there are these things called ‘school trips’.

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  2. Comment on The demise of the shrine
    on 16 August 2013 at 12:23 pm

    At the heart of Turgon’s post is a basic misunderstanding of what this Peace Centre, or indeed any Peace Centre, is meant to be. For example, ‘The idea of harassed Ulster Prod parents (I am one) thinking of ways to entertain their children for a day out…’
    Well, children are sophiscated enough creatures to be taken to places like The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. or, nearer home, the Famine Museum in Strokestown. It’s not about entertainment. It’s not about propoganda either. If you don’t believe me just watch the reactions of tourists doing the tour of Kilmainham jail in Dublin. Their reactions are almost always of regret at so much suffering. I’ve brought visitors there many times and I’ve yet to see anyone leave in a vengeful anti-British frame of mind.

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  3. Comment on One more domino for Labour: Nessa Childers’ ‘resignation’…
    on 5 April 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Cynics might suggest that the time to walk was the last budget (not that she had a vote, but she could have supported Keaveny’s anti-budget stance). It’s hard to accept that she only now realises that this Government is ‘hurting people’. Maybe Meath East opened her eyes to at least one future job loss.

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  4. Comment on Basil and John need a name for their New Party: Can you help?
    on 28 February 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Think of the comic potential if Ian Parsley and Basil were in the one party. I suggested ‘Unity’ as a joke, but who knows?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if they include ‘Northern Ireland’ in the moniker, rather than ‘Ulster’. Reaching out to the Catholics who are ‘Northern Irish’ don’t you know.

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  5. Comment on Do all Nationalists believe in “what’s bad for you is good for us…”
    on 27 February 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I detest the Orange Order. They’ve been on the wrong side of every cultural, political and societal debate from Catholic Emancipation to Gay Marriage. But I remember that forlorn fly on the wall documentary the BBC did in Ballysally in Coleraine last year, and how a newly formed flute band gave young unemployed men something to get out of bed for. It’s a pity that there isn’t a nonsectarian equivalent but let’s face it, there isn’t.

    Re. a name for Basil’s party, I suggest ‘Unity’ – that way even SF supporters could vote for it.

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  6. Comment on The shrinking heart of the UUP: A lucky 13?
    on 20 February 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I can’t really agree that Nesbitt put in a good performance on Spotlight. Positioning himself against gay marriage, saying that all the deaths of the Troubles were down to Nationalists being unhappy about the recognition given to their cultural identity – if that’s one of his better outings I’d hate to see his disasters.

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  7. Comment on #Gay Marriage: Who says you can’t have religious symbols? The Law
    on 20 February 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Far be it from me to defend Arlene Foster, but I thought that Stephen’s point was a strange one. He said something like ‘an atheist hetrosexual couple can have a religious ceremony but a Christian gay couple can’t.’
    But why would an atheist couple want such a thing? I think the implications for adoption are a much more serious issue, but they were hardly mentioned.

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  8. Comment on Time for Unionism to find a place for the Irish National flag in Northern Ireland
    on 19 February 2013 at 11:16 am

    “Hard to get past that 17% figure though.”

    Not so very hard – the 2011 Census showed 25% of the population opting for an ‘Irish only’ identity. That’s plus 8% without even venturing into what ‘Northern Irish’ means.

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  9. Comment on Nesbitt: “change happens and if you don’t roll with it then you’ll be left behind”
    on 18 February 2013 at 4:47 pm

    My hope is that Will Farrell will reprise his Newsreader role to play Mike in the biop. I wonder who will play Lynda?

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