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  1. Comment on Another problem in the meat distribution network?
    on 5 February 2013 at 12:17 am

    In England the halal meat trade has cornered the market in certain areas. It’s not like that in Ireland yet I presume. Although they must be killing in the halal way over there for export. Is this done by muslim slaughtermen?

    Non muslims eat halal meat all the time, usually without knowing, so is is such a big deal if it happens inadvertently the other way?

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  2. Comment on Celtic’s Glaswegian European night to remember…
    on 8 November 2012 at 6:48 pm

    ”… it’s clear that the levels of resentment between supporters of the two clubs is as high (higher perhaps) than it has ever been.”

    Is it really? I haven’t been in recent years, but I would have thought that it would be less than in past years.
    Despite some high profile incidents lately, the violence has to be much less than it was, and the lessening of bitterness over the Troubles would also have mellowed things out I’d have guessed.

    The problem lies perhaps in the modern intolerance of bawdy footbal culture, particularly in Scotland – where a Rangers fan has just been given three months for singing sectarian songs.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13062/

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  3. Comment on Anti-Semite defeated by cartoon character
    on 6 May 2012 at 10:23 am

    Ruarai
    ”Good grief.

    Spun? I quoted the guy”.

    I don’t like Livingstone and am glad he lost, but over analysing every last word that a public person speaks can always throw up things which can be taken and spun. Or maybe they did say someting stupid and not well thought out.

    Radio talk show hosts often fall foul to this occupational hazard because they spend so much time talking live on the radio. What these people like the Harry’s Place website do is take these clumsy quotes and run with them shouting that the guy is anti-Semitic – because he said something dodgy.

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  4. Comment on The red tide returns – Labour win big in Wales.
    on 6 May 2012 at 10:06 am

    Malcolm Redfellow
    ”Funny how commentators so loudly decry low turn-out when their side does badly”

    I didn’t have any side in those elections btw. I don’t vote as there’s nothing worth voting for.

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  5. Comment on Anti-Semite defeated by cartoon character
    on 5 May 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This ”Ken is an anti-semite” argument is just way too crude and spun. It’s what the Harry’s Place website do and it is rather dishonest.
    http://hurryupharry.org/

    What Livingstone has done is allow himself to be presented way by people who see ”anti-semitism” at every turn. I wouldn’t vote for Livingstone because I don’t like his ”identity politics” – but there’s no need to exaggerate either.

    The very vocal supporters of Israel have helped muddy the waters as to what anti-semitism actually is and what is legitimate criticism of Israel.
    I’ve been accused of being ”Jew obsessed” by one of the moderators of that website myself, as if you write more than a couple of posts taking a contrary view to their’s, you get asked why you care so much about a ”small country in the Middle East.”
    And anti-semitism is what they presume the answer is.

    I’m glad Livingstone lost, but I don’t agree that he’s a bigot.

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  6. Comment on The red tide returns – Labour win big in Wales.
    on 5 May 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Let’s not overlook the dismal turnout – which shows how many people are turned off from all this political hocus pocus.

    This is how one Daily Telegraph blogger put it:

    ”A good night for Labour? Are you kidding me? Labour got roughly 39 per cent of the vote on an estimated turnout of 32 per cent. This means around 12 per cent of the eligible electorate voted Labour. To put it another way, 88 per cent of us – the heaving mass of society – did not vote Labour. If that’s a good night for Labour, I’d hate to see a bad one.”

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100156101/the-electorates-silent-withering-rebellion-against-the-political-class/

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  7. Comment on Catholic family in Armagh prepared to give up a bed for Nesbitt…
    on 3 April 2012 at 3:27 pm

    This has to show Nesbitt’s inexperience.
    The whole thing makes him look like a middle class plonker. I can’t imagine any of the Sinn Fein MLAs agreeing to such a stunt – as they would say that they come from those communities already.

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  8. Comment on Mary McArdle to leave post
    on 13 March 2012 at 11:20 pm

    What was the point then? Just to show that they could and will appoint whoever they like?

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  9. Comment on Brief thoughts on the utility of ‘breaking the rules’…
    on 20 January 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’ve seen the Occupy people there this week.
    They are such a tiny grouplet that hardly anyone in Northern Ireland is taking any notice of them I’d say.
    Even if they have some valid points of view, which I’m sure they do. But you can’t be forcing people to listen to your ”enlightened” views any more than I can butt in to private conversations in the pub and insist that people listen to me because what I’ve got to say is very important.
    Being a point of discussion on the (terrible) Stephen Nolan show is about where they belong.

    It’s a pretty ”middle class protest” at the end of the day I think, and the Occupy thing has had its day now.
    In London, the camp there at St Paul’s has more homeless people staying there than original protesters by the sound of it.
    http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2012/01/occupy-movement-london

    It’s never (ever) going to be the kind of movement that working class flute band members could get involved in I would say.

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  10. Comment on Interview with Occupy Belfast and situation on Royal Avenue
    on 17 January 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Sonofstrongbow, there’s nothing wrong with those Occupy people using Starbucks and owning mobile phones. It’s a weak argument.

    Conservative MP Louise Mensch tried to make some jokes about the protesters in London on ”Have I got News for You” – and was roundly thrashed by Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.
    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/10/22/watch-louise-mensch-mp-gets-ridiculed-on-hignfy-over-occupylsx-jokes/

    I’m not a fan of the occupy movement myself though.
    It’s all a bit daft and attention seeking I find.

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