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I used to write and get paid, now I read and don't. Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday

Latest posts from Michael Shilliday (see all)

Michael Shilliday has posted 310 times (0 in the last month).

Turning the UUP around. Maybe.

Thu 14 June 2012, 4:13pm

Tweet Lord Maginnis was wrong. I’ve no intention of condemning the man, he’s a personal friend and doesn’t deserve it. But he was just downright wrong. The substance of his comments was not good. There is a logic to the argument that homosexuality is on the ladder to bestiality, but only if your starting point […] more »

UUP leadership election – the final triumph of civic Unionism?

Mon 12 March 2012, 11:09am

Tweet UPDATE 2 So, I royally called this wrong with magical timing. However I stand by the analysis as reasons why Kennedy isn’t the front runner he is touted as, and why McCallister might now be tempted to cut a deal with Nesbitt. Why is Kennedy weakened? What HAS changed in the last 18 months […] more »

New Tories, old Tories, what’s the difference?

Tue 31 January 2012, 5:41pm

Tweet Everyone seems to be talking about the headline of Lord Feldman’s press release today, and no one is talking about what he actually said. Let’s be clear, there is to be no “new party” in Northern Ireland. They are not farming off their existing branch, they are attempting to tart it up a bit. […] more »

Can we get some things straight?

Sat 3 December 2011, 6:31pm

Tweet I’m getting a bit sick of reading nonsense about Loughgall. Firstly, all that is new in the Belfast Telegraph is that the HET report is due out soon. If that report states that the IRA fired the first shot, that will simply be a regurgitation of the facts as detailed in the European Court […] more »

Opposition or bust

Mon 7 November 2011, 5:49pm

Tweet A couple of weeks ago a few of us put on a fringe event at the Ulster Unionist Party conference, where the prospect of going into opposition was discussed. On the same day, the coverage of Tom Elliot’s speech mostly focused on the same issue. Since then the matter has gained traction and comment, […] more »

The rubber stamp gets smaller?

Sat 14 May 2011, 2:53pm

Tweet Mark McGregor is of course right. At the very least the disclosure of the d’Hondt private run by the Executive Twitter account was a violation of the Assembly’s right to be first to know. It was like that in 2007, and is now. However there probably is some justification for it, given that such […] more »

At least now, the UUP’s blinkers will probably come off

Mon 9 May 2011, 10:07am

Tweet The last time a major Unionist party was lead by anyone from west of Portadown it was Harry West in in 1970′s. That was not a happy period of the UUP’s history. The sense of ‘otherness’ that exists amongst border Unionists is well known, researched and documented. It is not a fictional notion dreamed […] more »

Should unionists be entitled to vote?

Tue 26 April 2011, 5:47pm

Tweet That is the logical question arising from what the UUP candidate claims SF have said in their literature in West Belfast. Mr Manwaring said; “Gerry Adams says that moves to secure a Unionist Assembly seat “represents the old unionist agenda of resisting equality and denying nationalists’ representation.” The message in this is that “old […] more »

Is David Ford safe this time?

Mon 25 April 2011, 1:43pm

Tweet I don’t think we’ve had an open thread on South Antrim yet, but here’s a thought.  A lot of the talk in 2003 and 2007 in South Antrim was over David Ford’s safety, at both elections he was the most vulnerable Alliance sitting MLA.  Indeed a couple of weeks out from 2007 when asked […] more »

A thought on the Alliance Party Manifesto

Sun 24 April 2011, 1:25pm

Tweet The Alliance Manifesto is certainly the longest of any produced.  In the summary on page five they commit to: Introduce transparency around political donations What interests me is, has anyone gotten around to asking Alliance if any part of their manifesto is brought to us courtesy of money changing hands? Seems a fair question […] more »

Latest comments from Michael Shilliday (see all)

Michael Shilliday has commented 410 times (0 in the last month).

  1. Comment on And, Slugger is back…
    on 11 February 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Kipper O’Malley? Lost opportunity? I’m off to found it.

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  2. Comment on “unsatisfactory….ripe for challenge…borders on the absurd”
    on 4 August 2012 at 3:43 pm

    We can’t actually make the judgment that Chris appeals for us to do, because Sinn Fein have only leaked the documents, not published them. As a result we can’t take the quotes in context. For example the Larkin opinion doesn’t appear to be an opinion within the standard definition (taken from the partial photograph on the BBC news website). He calls it a “general expression of opinion”, and seems to take his views from the judgement alone, did he have access to the papers?

    In a way it’s a shame that a higher tribunal wont have the opportunity to hear an appeal, but in the absence of that we might as well see the entirety of what we’re talking about, not just bits of it.

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  3. Comment on Are Unionists as strategically unthinking as ever?
    on 25 June 2012 at 11:09 pm

    You assume that the Queen had a say in the meeting, but also MUST meet McGuinness. Mutually exclusive propositions make for smart analysis.

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  4. Comment on Turning the UUP around. Maybe.
    on 14 June 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love the irony that a plastic Tory doesn’t think I should have an opinion because I’m in London.

    The rest of that comment didn’t make any logical sense either.

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  5. Comment on New Mayor seeks to return Belfast to Unionist Past
    on 5 June 2012 at 11:19 am

    Removing portrait of the Queen = good. Removing proclamation = bad.
    Quitting early to avoid meeting the head of state = good. Showing some respect for the head of state by having the odd picture on display = bad.

    It truly is pathetic Chris.

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  6. Comment on Ian Junior claimed £10,000 in postage in his six last months in office…
    on 14 May 2012 at 10:16 am

    That, by the way, is not one per household per year, it’s one per voter per year. Every year. And he is only replying to half of them. Apparently.

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  7. Comment on Ian Junior claimed £10,000 in postage in his six last months in office…
    on 14 May 2012 at 10:11 am

    There are roughly 250 working days in a year. If he gets 220 letters per day that is 55 thousand per year.

    That would mean Ian paisley Jnr is getting one letter from three quarters of the North Antrim electorate each year. Which seems unlikely.

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  8. Comment on For Unionists Only: What would you relish in a United Ireland?
    on 18 April 2012 at 11:15 pm

    British Government interference in internal unified Irish affairs would indeed be an interesting development. One would imagine that the British Government would be expected to become a persuader for repartition in the same was as the Government of the Republic is a persuader for Irish unity.

    And I wouldn’t expect Government funding for Unionist statues in Dublin, as there has been no rebalancing of the Stormont estate as yet.

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  9. Comment on For Unionists Only: What would you relish in a United Ireland?
    on 18 April 2012 at 9:27 am

    The anthem played at the rugby wouldn’t be so gratuitously offensive. It might also be nice to have Unionists and FG permanently in coalition together.

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  10. Comment on 16 Nationalist MLAs in the top 20 of free ink claimants…
    on 5 April 2012 at 6:38 pm

    As far as I’m aware there is a list of stationary items that was drawn up in 1999 that MLAs would be able to take without charge including such essentials as floppy discs. Toner will be on there. In some ways its fair enough, they need stationary to function, but perhaps some are taking it a little far……

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