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A Belfastman with a few acres in Annalong.

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Could it be a UFO?

Sun 4 April 2010, 4:46am

Tweet Between 11.40 and 11.44 tonight what looked like a fiery disc or sphere pursued what looked like a slow curvilinear course across the sky over South Belfast. Did anyone else notice it, and can someone explain it in unspectacular terms? more »

Cleaning up the Augean stables with a feather-duster

Sat 20 March 2010, 2:49pm

Tweet In responding to the crimes of its clergy, the Vatican has chosen to operate at an almost unimaginable level of triviality. First of all the Irish bishops fly over to Rome and MEET THE POPE. Then the Pope announces that is going to WRITE A LETTER.I’m reminded of a passage from Sir Walter Scott’s […] more »

What happens to UCUNF now?

Tue 9 March 2010, 11:41pm

Tweet The NI tail of the UCUNF dog has gone against the Conservative party’s policy on P&J for NI. Sir Reg Empey has seriously embarrassed Mr Cameron, who is now seen both by Democrats and by Republicans in the USA as a dog who can’t control his own tiny tail. How long can UCUNF survive […] more »

TUV councillor apologizes for comparing police officers to the Gestapo

Fri 26 February 2010, 6:21am

Tweet According to the BBC, a statement recently released by the TUV includes the following passage. “Considering some of the extreme comments made in the past about the police by DUP leadership figures, we take no lectures from the DUP, but commend Alderman Calvert for acknowledging that his remarks were inappropriate.” More than a few […] more »

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  1. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 18 April 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Many thanks, Seaan. I hear from friends who work there that the recent border-delay business in Gibraltar, so far from representing old-fashioned Brit-harassing by the Spanish authorities, was actually directed at a protracted problem which involves crime and corruption

    Small places aren’t immune from corruption! At the moment NI is to some degree a gravy-jug with two spouts and two handles

    Corruption is so much part of our lives that recently a Presbyterian moderator was able to say without embarrassment that more Protestants might back the Agreement if money was shovelled into the accounts of anguished members of his own denomination.

    Don’t rock the boat. Don’t rock the farmers. Don’t rock the paramilitaries. And if speculators lose their money,, get the taxpayer to bail them out.

    Did you ever see DER BESUCH DER ALTEN DAME? Sometimes I think I’m living in it. Never mind the lack of industries, as long as we can have overheated houses and oversized vehicles.

    An adversarial Stormont with a must-have-power-sharing safety-net will not be adversarial enough to decommission the all-important gravy-jug.

    Is any party devoted to the pursuit of rectitude? (Think of the TUV and the flegs business.) I fear that the future will be a mixture of great material expectations and a morally bleak house, with most of us wanting some more.

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  2. Comment on Villiers: What Stormont needs is the revitalising influence of an opposition…
    on 18 April 2014 at 10:42 am

    Consider in the same connection the fact that when a local farmer is found guilty of dumping slurry into a river,, he receives some ludicrously trivial punishment.

    If a well-researched article was written under the title NORTHEN IRELAND, FARMERS, AND CORRUPTION, would any local paper publish it?

    Stormont, the courts, and the local media are unwilling to take on felonious farmers.

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  3. Comment on Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism by Tony Novosel — Book Review
    on 17 April 2014 at 9:25 am

    “While much more work needs to be done on THIS, the EVIDENCE presented in THIS chapter SUGGEST that rogue elements within MI5 attempted to do THIS…..”

    If the quotation is indeed verbatim, I shan’t read the book. Someone who uses a plural verb with a singular subject, and someone who uses three demonstratives in a group of seventeen words, should be going to basic English classes.

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  4. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks, Mick. The answer is: by a small group which nearly everyone on the CNR side sees as helplessly aberrant.

    Gopher, I’m grateful for your comment, but may we interpret the apathy of a supposedly unionist electorate as a sign that the very doctrine of unionism is dying?

    Of course many people who see themselves as utterly British may choose not to vote for unionist parties which are joined at the hip to boneheaded loyalism,

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  5. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks, Greenflag.

    Unionism is in danger of becoming a minority in its own statelet. What would you expect to be happening? All the different unionist parties coming together to increase the overall strength of their cause. Ordinary unionist citizens on the ground behaving themselves in such a manner as will excite the respect, sympathy, and affection of their fellow-citizens in GB.

    What are we actually getting? None of the above. If unionism dies soon it will do so partly because of its own inveterate nastiness and stupidity.

    We are certainly living in a post-violent-nationalism world. New rules apply, but only nationalists have learned to play by them. 1690 is no less relevant today than 1603. Forget about Irish chieftains being elevated to the House of Lords. Expect to see a number of small-u unionists being elevated to the Seanad. Soon.

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  6. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 11:36 am

    Now must be the time for someone to adduce ‘De Heredum Substitutionibus’ by Heinricus Krappius.

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

    Many thanks, Nevin. Your personal interventions represent a brave fight against what we might call creeping disengagement.

    Tacapall (10.03 am), thanks for the link. Is it true that one-man-one-vote still hasn’t reached the City of London?

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  8. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 10:08 am

    Politico68′s phrase ‘post-unionist Ireland’ represents a concentrated distillation of facts. If the phrase gets taken up and used, it will become powerful in its own right.

    Political unionism is an intellectual dead end. Having no brain, it allows itself to be governed by its Orange rump, which apart from being completely witless is in a state of terminal decay.

    For what it matters in the modern world, GB would prefer a friendly unified Ireland to a provisional dilution of partition. The notion of a post-nationalist Ireland is a fantasy. MMcG has appeared in Windsor Castle because he knows that a friendly unified Ireland is exactly what GB wants. He knows that when the President of the RoI said certain things (which Nevin has acutely dissected), he was reading from an agreed text. He also knows that flegs and Twaddell are the death-throes of a creed which has lost its meaning. The old union was fatally wounded by Thatcher in 1985. What remains of that union is being hacked to death by the people who profess to be its most fervent advocates.

    Post-unionist Ireland is a fact.

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  9. Comment on NI21 issue open call for council candidates: fresh politics or desperate measures?
    on 1 April 2014 at 5:16 pm

    “Ladies and gentleman, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused. This is due to periodic air pockets we encountered. There’s no reason to become alarmed and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”

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