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  1. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 10:40 pm

    David I tend not to understand the word “unionist” as its bandied about here so I would be as uncertain as the precise meaning. Nope I don’t believe the will to remain in the UK has lessened yes I believe “Protestant Nationalism” is dying, I’m not sure a Church coffee morning party, a Tax a Holidaymaker party, and people who cannot get on with anybody are an alternative to insular nationalists of any hue. But I think Hermon getting 21,000 votes simply saying she wernt a Tory and she wernt going to lose the keys of the shop proves that there is a market for post nationalism politics

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  2. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 8:34 pm

    David, Unionists have learnt to play just fine they don’t vote, a gesture that is being reciprocated in the post nationalist era.

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  3. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 4:43 pm

    @ Mick. Would it be fair reading back on the “off topic contributions” that post nationalist Ireland should rather be seen rather as post nationalist 26 county Republic of Ireland. Nationalism has become partitionist. Like I keep maintaining it is a RoI conundrum

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  4. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 2:00 pm

    @ Mick. Looks like posters either ignore or don’t read your posts every single thread ends up a Brian Feeney column ie exactly the same for the past and future 25 years

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  5. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 1:26 pm

    “We see this regularly on threads like this one, in which any attempt to seriously address Irish Republicanism is redirected with a generalised and abstract assault on unionism.”

    Mono cognitive nationalism in action I m afraid Mick., The established parties in the Republic made the leap too late to reap the glory it seems that their bias whilst not as virulent was sufficient to delay the inevitable. Now it looks like they are chasing after SF’s lead. I’ve lost count how many battles Nationalism has won on its road to normality that SF has not reaped the glory. Best move FG or FF can do now is go on the front foot and start looking at rejoining the commonwealth.

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  6. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 13 April 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I think the quality of the Republics Irish nationalism was never that hot (Yes I know Protestant nationalism is far from gleaming). I think it had too much of that contrived “Strength through Joy” vibe about it. People seem proud enough to be Irish but various regressive self interest groups were always trying to define how you were to be Irish. I think the author is lamenting the fading ability of press Church and normal political parties to do that.. He is scared that because if SF are the last to be bothered using for political purposes they will define it

    Basically its nationalisms own fault for keeping England the enemy for too many years, now it gone there is a definition gap it seems. Like I said in another thread its a Republic problem not ours. SF have a narrative however warped the Republics parties better invent a new one pretty quickly

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  7. Comment on The 11 new district councils – projecting the 2011 votes
    on 13 April 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Think this is the hardest one to predict basically for two reasons the first is you never know if this crowd will actually vote and secondly you never know who this crowd will actually vote for.

    This problem is compounded by a few things that will have changed since 2011. Alliance whatever people think of them nobody knows what North Down think of them. North Down and Strangford tend to be silent assassins. Secondly, North Down was a very flabby constituency James McKerrow UUP getting elected with 288 FP votes ELEVEN! stages later.

    Add to that NI21 and anything could happen.If I were a bookie North Down would be the one place I would be happy to lay (apart form the SDLP seat in Peninsula, nationalism join in the fun in that part of the world)

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  8. Comment on The route to better government is clear. Why don’t the parties take it?
    on 13 April 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Another Demographics bogeyman based report. There will be a Polish flag over Stormont before there will be a Tricolour. Apart from the atheists of North Down procreating faster than rabbits between 2001 and 2011 and 10,000 squaddies and their families going home my favourite one is the ageing population; as if you should be ashamed to take care of yourself play golf, give up smoking, watch your weight and drink moderately. Any serious report would survey age based on living standard.

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  9. Comment on The 11 new district councils – projecting the 2011 votes
    on 13 April 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Ill disagree about Dundonald, it is always associated with Belfast and is much the same as Ballyhackamore. City bus runs right through it (unlike Holywood). Holywood was always associated with Bangor and North Down but Dundonald is part of Belfast, no geography separates it, like in the case of Glengormly. Dundonald has no association other than the hospital with North Down and little with Ards and absolutely none whatsoever with Lisburn. It is comical that if you are going to your “County Capital” you have to drive through Belfast which is proof enough. Though the “Dundonald Salient” does have a certain ring to it a blind man on a galloping horse can see its part of Belfast.

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  10. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 8:50 am


    Its not creating division or apartheid the choice is there. I prefer to look at it as testing culture and its relevance to education to destruction

    Universities have to now essentially make money I would let the Irish ethos university decide for itself how it wants to present itself.

    I am absolutely sure the British ethos university wont have a problem attracting a broad range of students from both home and abroad judging by the breakdown of the students that attend the supporting Grammar schools.

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