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  1. Comment on Bishop John McAreavey: “Political representatives must answer for their own position on abortion…”
    on 18 April 2014 at 10:34 am

    Big Boss

    I see this as basically the arrogance of Sinn Fein to put out a leaflet like this in order to lie their way out of a difficult issue. I donbt think for one second that SF believe someone in west belfast would research or indeed complain about this leaflet.

    I have been talking to many people who have all said that they will not be voting for SF again becauseof their pro-choice policy and I think this letter proves just how seriosuly SF are taking the issue, I think they are starting to detect all is not well. I think the SDLP should maike a bigger issue of this, though I doubt that would sit well with their labour wing.

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  2. Comment on The 11 new district councils – projecting the 2011 votes
    on 15 April 2014 at 11:29 am

    Im late to the party here but id like to offer a though on the Mid-ulster figures,

    Espeically Dungannon and Torrent area… Iv looked at my figures as well as the candidates and i have a few observations to make

    Dungannon, with the new wards from Moy being added would surely give the SDLP an advantage, given that thier candidates personal/family history in that area. I think its more likely the SDLP will take a seat in that ward than say 2 SF. I think the independent republican will be safe.

    Torrent area is also unlikely to give up an independent nationalist. The area hasa history ofit, but the independent vote in 2011 was achieved by 2 candidates both on either end of the nationalist political spectrium. I think itsmorelikely that SF will take 4, or the SDLP 2 in this area than an independent. Of course it all depends on what independent(s) will be running.We also have to figurein here alot of big name candidates (at least on local council) are leaving the scene for both SF and SDLP. Just be interesting if the people will still follow the party line.

    In a boring Mid-Ulster council election i would look tro these areasfor a bit of excitiment.

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  3. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 1 April 2014 at 10:23 am


    Artifical high or getting deserved credit for thier role in bringing peace? Seamus never took credit but credit was due tyo the SDLP and at the time they got it. Youve admitted that he was a good DFM, MP so in that regarde was he not a good leader if the majority of nationalist/republican people kept voting for him untill his retirement? Why place the blame on Mallon for the party shrinking? he retired the same time as John Hume, surely they then both equally share the blame for the party vote going down?

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  4. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 31 March 2014 at 10:35 pm


    Forgive me im at a loss…. was the air of entitlement you sensed to do with his role as DFM (When the SDLP where voted the largest party in the north) or as SDLP leader…which he never had?

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  5. Comment on Is integrated education even possible in Northern Ireland?
    on 4 February 2014 at 10:34 am

    Yet another piece on education that follows the theory that if you put all children into a playpen and give them toys they will get along. Load of rubbish.

    As someone who has been educated in and taught in state and catholic schools I can tell you that there is nothing taught in either that makes the children sectarian. Catholic schools exist all over the world and in 99% of those country’s they are not accused of spreading sectarianism.

    The whole debate around a “politician” teacher in schools is also the biggest load of rubbish and shows the complete lack of understanding of how schools teach children. History and politics like all other subjects are taught by curriculum, lessons of which usually have to be approved by head of department who then talks to the principle of the school if there are any issues. This is was just fear that was whipped up by local “leaders” who are themselves looking votes by playing to the lowest common denominator.

    If you want to see the route problem of sectarianism, look to our homes and parents, perhaps you can blame education for it 30 years ago, but not today. When we have politicians talking about us v them, one side and the other, our people and those people….that’s where society is being divided. We have a chance every election to vote out sectarian politics, but we refuse to.

    To blame the CCMS, which delivers one of the best education systems in the UK/Ireland is quite frankly lazy and ignorant of what is really our problem here.

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  6. Comment on Mandela billboard poster vandalised within days of its launch
    on 10 December 2013 at 11:07 am

    This Billboard was produced within hours of Mandela passiung away. Quite distrubing and sick to think that Sinn Fein have went out of thier way to have this prepared for his death in order to try and get votes out of it.

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  7. Comment on Judge Smithwick finds there was indirect evidence of collusion between Garda(i) and the IRA
    on 4 December 2013 at 11:14 am

    These comments are quite frankly idiotic from Gerry. Is he now blaming the RUC officers for thier own death? Oris be boasting that the IRA got them despite them “thinking” they were “immune”

    Im not quite sure what is actually going on in Gerrys head, or indeed in SFs head regarding this. Add this to Ian Milnes statment about the conviction for Proctor (which went unreported by tv media)

    and it is very worrying what SF are doing regarding past actions. They are taking a very hardline repsonse to these issues, and of the SDLP and/or parties down south had any wit they would be exploting this, as it is, it seems very minimal interest from either, while SF moveforward with this type of language unchalleneged.

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  8. Comment on When Manley met McDonnell-we now have some criteria for success or failure.
    on 4 November 2013 at 1:39 pm

    The interview can be sumed up very nicely by simply stating that McDonnell is saying standing our ground is no longer good enough.

    In recent elections the SDLP has been losing votes, but not by the grand scale everyone trys ot make it out to be and as is the case in recent electiosn they have held thier own ground. I think this interview shows for the first time in a generation and SDLP Leader who is finally stating that they are going out fighting, showing at least the ambition of getting more seats.

    Perhaps this is the last throw of the dice for the party as this will be a make or break election for them, but at least he is aiming for something. Getting a good fired up speech on Saturday wouldbe a good start….. Over to McDonnell.

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  9. Comment on Planning Bill: Or how OFMdFM dropped the ball on their end of the Downing Street economic pact?
    on 23 October 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I was told at the time of this vote back in June that there were many in SF that felt very uneasy with the the admenments to this bill and that those who purposed the motion were ordered to do so from the top. I think the muted repsonse yesterday show quite clearly that they didnt want this bill to pass. This raises the question just who is giving orders in Sinn Fein and is there any democratic process within the party?

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