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Unionist violence after flag vote…

Mon 3 December 2012, 9:29pm

Tweet AS predictably as night follows day, unionist protesters have turned to violence after tonight’s City Hall vote to restrict the flying of the Union Flag to designated days. Trouble erupted in and around the City Hall itself, but is right now spreading to other areas, noteably East Belfast. A number of police have been […] more »

Who really leads the DUP..?

Mon 3 December 2012, 2:15pm

Tweet “THERE is new political space developing in Northern Ireland,” Peter Robinson told the South Antrim DUP at the weekend. “It is the DUP’s aim that unionism will own it and lead it.” But it can’t. Tonight, “the new political space” will be seen at the front of the City Hall, where I doubt those […] more »

Abortion clinic opens in Belfast…

Thu 11 October 2012, 3:49am

Tweet NORTHERN Ireland is to get its first abortion clinic next week. In one of the biggest stories of our generation – and one which will unite hardline Protestants and Catholics - it’s reported that Marie Stopes will open for business in Belfast next Thursday, with the help of former PUP leader Dawn Purvis. The […] more »

Bored with the blather…

Thu 2 August 2012, 12:57am

Tweet IF you’ve ever sighed with exasperation or clenched your teeth with frustration every time you heard someone say “we are all to blame” for the Troubles, you may find Malachi O’Doherty’s latest column somewhat cathartic. The peace process patter that has evolved in our political discourse may be natural and second nature to those […] more »

A new take on pride and prejudice…

Wed 1 August 2012, 10:26am

Tweet SO fair play to Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson for being the first from the DUP to take a seat on the panel of Belfast Pride Talks Back debate. I’m sure he doesn’t feel any less straight the morning after the night before, and the move certainly upstaged the rest of the panel. Whether […] more »

The legacy of Hutcheson, an Ulster Scots great…

Tue 31 July 2012, 3:05am

Tweet ULSTER-SCOTS seems to me to have a tendency to cling on to the pathetic, irrational US Tea Party politics these days. But the real radicalism of Presbyterianism – with its strong anti-authoritarianism streak for fairness and equality - influenced the world. It is explored in this fascinating documentary of Saintfield’s Forgotten Revolutionary: Francis Hutcheson. In […] more »

McGuinness’ hero on royal visits…

Tue 26 June 2012, 3:04am

Tweet JAMES Connolly is an undoubted hero of Martin McGuinness’ – the deputy First Minister even invoked him in a speech as as recently as last month. But I wonder if this icon of republicanism’s ‘patriot dead’ would have approved of McGuinness meeting the Queen? Here’s some of Connolly’s thoughts on a previous royal visitor […] more »

Adams damning McGuinness with faint praise..?

Wed 2 November 2011, 9:30am

Tweet IT would have been easy for Gerry Adams to be fulsome in his praise of Martin McGuinness’ presidential campaign. Instead, the intro to Gerry Adams’ latest blog entry seems both ambiguous and odd – although the former may be politically ingrained and the latter blamed on his a faux folksy writing style. And – […] more »

Every little helps…

Wed 26 October 2011, 2:35am

Tweet I DOUBT if our Sammy has been down at Writer’s Square lately, or whether he’s been flicking through the pages of Tescopoly - but there’s little doubt he has managed to piss off one multi-national more than our tent-dwelling comrades have. And after reading Tesco director David North’s threats the other day about cutting […] more »

Fees gap to be paid by GB students…?

Sat 10 September 2011, 5:03pm

Tweet THE decision to freeze student fees here seems to be going down well, but it won’t come without cost. And that cost – half of it – will be borne by the Department of Employment and Learning. It would be difficult to argue that learning should come at the expense of employment services in […] more »

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  1. Comment on After losing its Shakespearean plot Newtownabbey returns to the 21st Century…
    on 29 January 2014 at 10:58 pm

    If the DUP are arguing that there is a right not to be offended, surely they can’t complain when Orange marches are banned?!?

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  2. Comment on He’s back! Haass is returning to NI
    on 27 December 2013 at 12:10 am

    Cameron could threaten to carry out what he has already said would happen if the parties don’t make progress – cut the block grant. And then do it. Simples.

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  3. Comment on Strabane District Council consider restricting public and press from committee meetings
    on 21 January 2013 at 3:13 am

    To plat devil’s advocate, the problem – as suggested above – is that some councillors use open meetings for their own purposes.

    Playing up for the Press, grandstanding, being insulting or carrying out a stunt get discussions nowhere, it is argued, while private conversations get results faster. A good example is the ‘hot house’ peace process negotiations in some stately home or castle which allowed participants space to discuss stuff they couldn’t do in full public glare.

    Agin that, secret deals tend to unravel, and when they do, public confidence takes a bashing…

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  4. Comment on On the lack of unionist leadership – what would Paisley in his prime made of it?
    on 8 January 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Gavin is both mayor and an East Belfast councillor. It would be incredible if he hasn’t been doing something.

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  5. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 8 January 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Pete, it was really your use of “bullshit artist” I was referring to. A description I wholeheartedly agree with, but something to remember next time you’re lecturing others for doing the same.

    Have a nice day.

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  6. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 8 January 2013 at 12:00 am

    While I agree with Pete 100% in some respects, it’s also nice to see some people hoist on their own petard. Nolan ripped the pish clean out of him in a way that makes Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time look like a PR masterclass. And presumably it means no more “play the man” and “stick to the arguments” posts in future. Everyone’s a winner. Except Bwyson.

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  7. Comment on Loyalist Flag Protests: Meet the Leadership
    on 4 January 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Here’s the opening from Four Men Had a Dream. Could literature finally have found the Prod version of Irvine Welsh? Um, no. And stop laughing at the back.

    Whoah what a night that was. Head is banging and can remember none. Makes you wonder is it all worth it, getting pissed that is, but what the hell it was some night.
    Fuck me, or Lol as my comment will say. Our James, I dont even know why I call him our James, he is in no way related to me. I guess its just one of those sayings made up over the years here in Belfast.
    Our wee James blasting out the biggest load of shite on facebook, have to call him up give him a lashing. ‘Yo’ says Jamesy as he picks up the phone, ‘feeling rough as a badgers arse’ he factually states before I could even open my mouth. ‘You’ll be feeling worse once you check out facebook’ I equally factually informed him. Immediately he snapped back ‘yeh why’. Where do I begin.
    ‘ well mate your on the stage in the Shankill Rangers Club giving a speech, dunno how the fuck you got the microphone, but you are telling everyone you had a dream that God was sending a hero from Ulster to bring the wee teddy bears back from the brink.’ Silence.
    ‘Right gotta go, and here mate that may look daft, but I did have that dream yano. And I was sober. Catch you later.’
    By fuck will you be catching me later I thought, the gravy running clean out of me and I am shitting through the eye of a needle ever since I opened my eyes. Saying that our James in that facebook video has brightened my day. Take something, it’s pishing down outside.
    Milk Cup just finished last week there, I once played in that no so long ago. Some player I was, the next Gazza some said. Shite your thinking, but I can tell you that if i’d stuck at it I would be playing for the Rangers. That was my boyhood dream as I dozed back to sleep….
    ‘BILLY BILLY’ , ‘Hello Hello’, ‘I have chosen you boy. You will bring the Rangers back. You are the man I have chosen. Take you boots and board the ferry. Your dream is a reality.’
    Fuck me. That was some dream, it was so vivid. Get my boots and board the ferry? Maybe this is the chance I have been waiting on.
    ‘Ma’ I bellowed down the stairs. ‘Yes Billy’ she bellowed back. ‘What do you call that auld great uncle or whatever he is, yano the one who lives in Glassgow.’
    ‘That would be John son, fucking lunatic. Still follows that Rangers team everywhere, hasn’t missed since he came back from the war. 86 years old.’ Fuck me I thought, must be some character.
    I decided to look auld John up on facebook, then I caught my fucking self on. Hold on a minute, thats…fuck me auld John is on facebook. 86 years of age and on facebook. Lol and check out that profile picture, its him and Andy Goram in the 9 in a row season. They look pissed. Yep, they are definately pissed. Uncle John is anyway.
    Oh and he even has a mobile, think I will give him a bell. Hope he is pissed, then the idea of me coming over on the basis of a dream to offer my services to my boyhood heroes wont seem so fucking absurd. I must ring the Jamesy fella aswell, fuck maybe his dream wasn’t far off. Well at least he knows he wasn’t the player in the dream, he is shite.

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  8. Comment on We need fresher thinking than this
    on 4 January 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Brian, to call for fresh thinking and then dismiss Nevin’s suggestion as unrealistic is more than a tad unfair. It wasn’t so unrealistic that was the Plan B in the minds of the two governments had there been no progress a few years ago. In fact, it was this very prospect that shifted Paisley’s thinking on one or two key matters.

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  9. Comment on The ‘Ambivalenters’: Who exactly are the Northern Irish people now?
    on 11 December 2012 at 10:58 pm

    It’s ironic that as unionists take to the streets to protest that their British identity is under threat, this census comes out and shows that there is a huge disparity between the proportion of Catholic and the proportion of population that calls itself Irish.

    In other words, those rioters have precious little to worry about.

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  10. Comment on Who really leads the DUP..?
    on 3 December 2012 at 3:52 pm

    An assumption by Robinson, perhaps. By me, definitely not.

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