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  1. Comment on A tale of two wars (well two divergent accounts of the same war)…
    on 18 April 2014 at 1:50 pm

    “The B specials as individuals was nice decent people who feared the wrath of god 2. At the Tipping Point they took out their truncheon and beat peace off the street.”

    Dates and locations please

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  2. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 18 April 2014 at 1:45 pm

    “I used some ignorant, talentless bully they had interviewed whose forceful self-publicising (and ability to threaten “A” grades from his assessors at University”

    Unlikely– there are things called exams which are marked -I doubt the ability to threaten “a” grades FROM University staff- they tend to be earned.

    I imagine the Engineer (or Accountant etc) who -to continue the anology – “jumped fences” in A level, undergraduate and professional examinations in the “steeplechase” of their careers would make some small claim to “qualities of real insight” arising via their progress

    “Few of these “A” grade wasters showed any self-knowlege whatsoever, hence my comments in postings above on the need to develop qualities of real insight in the young rather than gate jumping tests of, usually, just gate jumping.

    I fear I am the bearer of bad news.
    In (particularly) the “commercial” world including employers and society in general are standing on the otherside of the “jump” waiting for those who clear it.

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  3. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 16 April 2014 at 6:02 pm

    “And “equal opportunity” will never be possible in a society that enshrines inequality through a culture of competition whose winners are selected as those who will get the big rewards, socially and financially.”

    There’s the gate– you have all had the same training now go and jump it -what?– Imelda has trained harder than you?
    What do you want me to do -open the gate?

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  4. Comment on Why the No side should be looking up in Scotland-by John McTernan #indyref
    on 16 April 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Tory England (and not just Tory England) would be glad to see the back of NI and Scotland letting them assume a similar position to that of the ROI –A source of cheap labour with no associated cost to England.
    The added advantage being that England would be unlikely to see a Labour government for some time -if ever.

    The jocks should beware Perfidious Albion

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  5. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 16 April 2014 at 11:14 am

    “My other eye-opening experience was to spend an entire lesson frequently simply policing disruption in a classroom. Why does this not happen in schools that practice selection?”

    Becausethey won`t put up with it.

    Teachers should no be policemen/women or social workers
    There is equality of opportunity in the provision of educational opportunity It is futile to blame someone else for lack of application or ambition before we add in cognitive ability.

    Pupil behaviour??
    As an old headmaster used to say “I think your son (and it was always you “son”) would be happier at another school”

    Pupil behaviour is by far the biggest barrier to academic attainment

    http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/26/disruptive-behaviour-management-schools

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  6. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 14 April 2014 at 9:37 pm

    “I addressed many of the themes arising from this issue back in an April 2011 article when I noted the narrow sectarian agenda being peddled by the DUP ahead of the Assembly election, when the party pledged to develop a strategy “to assist Protestant working class boys” with no reference to seeking to assist the greater number of Catholic working class boys who fail to reach the basic 5 ‘good’ GCSE qualification threshold.”

    Both grouping have been provided with access to a free education system( in the case of the Roman catholic community a system of their free choice )

    I am baffled as to why the fact that some children’s parents pay for school dinner and some do not affect a child’s achievement.. They study a common curriculum As an old uncle used to say “have you considered that it might be your fault” Sometimes it is

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  7. Comment on What makes a good local Councillor?
    on 14 April 2014 at 9:25 pm

    “What are the great qualities than Barnshee thinks he or she has?”

    There is no compulsion to be a councillor

    My concern is an absence of “qualities”

    Councillors are invariably part hacks .Their concerns are their party position, allowances and millage rates. Their record is in preserving a plethora of mickey mouse “councils” with “chief executives” and assorted panjandrums who would be lucky to get any job outside the public sector.

    Take trips to

    1 Your local council office
    2 Your local dole/social security/tax office

    Compare and contrast. They are all public offices staffed by public servants-the money spent on “council” buildings is a disgrace on two levels
    1 Frantic spending as the end was in sight
    2 Outrageous overspend on materials etc

    Professionally qualified “councillors” with material business experience are thin on the ground —to put it mildly

    “the focus of our local political environment is on the sectarian merry go round of constitutional and cultural issues.”

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  8. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 3:02 pm

    “But most definitely it also carries a political bent.”

    Can`t get taxpayer funding then

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  9. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “It is confident enough to hold a successful city of culture, to be part of a state visit hosted by the queen, to emphasise education is the future and to make the future better for the next generation.”

    (UN) Fortunately all this is/will be funded by HMG –the arse will fall out of it should the paymaster run out of funds or decide to cut back on the subvention

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  10. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 10:22 am

    “The also have excellent facilities and they are frequently used by “Protestants” who do not play either football or hurling. One example of this is the number of cycling groups who work out of one GAA club or other.”

    Ah–I see –similarly the groups using the OO hall for Irish Dancing classes and bowls are all members of the OO

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