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  1. Comment on “Merely reflecting this majority view is the easiest form of leadership….”
    on 14 April 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Reader, you mix up Catholic upbringing with Nationalist upbringing – for whatever reason Northern Irish Nats do seem as a collective more liberal than Unionists (which is surprising, as Classical Liberalism was very much a Protestant thing…) My own favoured theory is that the Nationalist population is young, while Unionist is top heavy with the over 50′s, who are naturally more conservative.

    Anyway I doubt Nationalist MLAs only voted for gay marriage as token because they knew it wouldn’t pass – more likely they were representing the genuine views of their younger constituents.

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  2. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 11:51 am

    I thought I had a handle on the points in the OP, but the every-which-way divergence of the comments has thrown me.

    Some Nationalists seem to be taking exception to the suggestion that Irish-Nationalism is dying. I’m from a Nationalist background, but I’m not nationalist… a problem seems to be that we haven’t got a good term to describe Nats, who are neither (practising) Catholic nor particularly inward looking collectivist lovers of their own country – is it possible to be an individualist, Libertarian Internationalist Nationalist – who doesn’t much care for the ‘it’s our tribe vs other tribes’ rhetoric? Nationalism is intellectually dying in almost every nation – in England in polite company the done thing to do is deride any suggestion that one’s own country is superior to another…

    In other posts, it seems that people are indicating it’s still us vs England (or English corporations), that we’ve made peace with our masters, the English are winning – and that it’s a zero sum game over a fixed piece of a shared pie. As the Economist Milton Friedman put it “Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another” – isn’t it perfectly possible that the reason that Ireland may be heading in a post-Nationalist direction is because we realise that we are engaged in a positive-sum game with our closest neighbours, that Irish companies like Ryanair are becoming world players by tapping into the markets of our neighbours – and it’s not all one way give or take?

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  3. Comment on “Merely reflecting this majority view is the easiest form of leadership….”
    on 13 April 2014 at 12:36 pm

    ayeYerMa you made that one up all by yourself didn’t you?

    On current evidence that damage in the limbic system seems to benefit Nationalist children in terms of education and social mobility. If your definition of Marxism is an innate sense of fairness and putting fairness pragmatically over dogma (as in the case of every single Nationalist MLA supporting gay marriage, which went against Catholic dogma) then you might be on to something.

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  4. Comment on #ShinnersList: Government had to trust Sinn Fein not to use this private arrangement to their own narrow advantage
    on 6 March 2014 at 12:31 pm

    @Morpheus, excuse my ignorance (not sarcastic, I really am ignorant on the matter) – the DPP and Attorney General couldn’t move forward for prosecutions based on the letters negotiated by politicians? Which would mean there was political interference in judicial matters?

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  5. Comment on #ShinnersList: Government had to trust Sinn Fein not to use this private arrangement to their own narrow advantage
    on 6 March 2014 at 10:56 am

    The thing that genuinely surprised me about all this is I had believed that the British judiciary was independent of politics – in that a politician should not have the power to interfere in the conviction/sentencing process.

    Michael Howard famously had his (populist) intervention in the James Bulger case overturned by the Lords for exactly this reason.

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  6. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 27 February 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Greenflag I’ve no idea what you are getting at – when I did make out that Northern Ireland was an offensive term?

    We’re going off on some mad tangent here because I was trying to refer to mainland British, as opposed to offshore British (which surely the British not living on the island of Britain are? I’m trying to think of a different term to refer to people who live on the British mainland, as opposed to British people who don’t, and I’m struggling…).

    Anyway I did it innocently without any sort of agenda and without wanting to get into a world of pathetic pedantry.

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  7. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 10:39 pm

    socaire, Greenflag – I used the term mainland in reference to the British mainland because if I had of said ‘I live among British people’ without the mainland reference then it could be interpreted as meaning Northern Ireland (where there are plenty of British people, who presumably see Britain as being their mainland).

    BTW at this current moment I’m doing some work on the Isle of Man and I also lived for several years in the Channel Islands, so the term mainland is probably more (innocently) embedded in my head than yours.

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  8. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I’m only ‘viscerally’ nationalist and not ‘intellectually’ because nationalism is for inward looking idiots who get annoyed over small differences with other groups (such as the use of the term ‘mainland’).

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  9. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This would be highly worrying… if the Stormont executive actually had any sort of record of achieving anything…

    As a visceral Irish Nationalist (who lives among and quite likes British people on the mainland) I can only see these developments as a good thing for Irish Republicanism – the state of Northern Ireland will once more be ungovernable, and it will be the people who want to keep the state (Unionists) actually making it so this time…

    Sinn Fein are not going away at the next election (I doubt they even care that much if some former IRA members get an official slap on the wrist sentence) and some Unionist party will have to share power with them if they don’t want to create a constitutional crisis, so surely none of this can be said to be doing anything to strengthen the Union?

    Oh – and would this be as big an issue if it wasn’t an IRA bomb in London (rather than say Belfast) which was being forgiven?

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  10. Comment on SF quietly axe northern political director as stance public stance on Stormont hardens
    on 11 February 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Ok, stalling progress (on the likes of benefit reform) in Northern Ireland so that double standards are not exposed to the south is a little bit different to the jist I was getting.

    I thought the suggestion was that Sinn Fein have took an actual decision at a high level to try to push Unionists into collapsing the Assembly (and as such have been removing people with “friendly relations with ‘de udder side’”).

    Parking Assembly business which conflicts with electioneering in the south is a less exciting scenario than the later :-)

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