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  1. Comment on Ivor Bell charged in connection with Jean McConville abduction and murder
    on 22 March 2014 at 12:19 pm


    You now how this works in warfare, if you kill tens of thousands and more, you become a statesman or national hero, but if you only manage to knock off a dozen or so you spend your life looking over your soldier.

    As Tommy Atkins the world over know only too well, the further down the food chain they are the more likely it is they will be nominated to take the fall.

    Rule of law my arse!

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  2. Comment on After Liam Adams: “the very warped sense of loyalty that people had to different causes”
    on 5 December 2013 at 6:05 pm

    “We are going to have to confront our past ”


    Why? If you or any politicians come to that were serious about confronting the past, would you not first demand the British government confronts its own past, not only about their despicable and murderous behaviour within Ireland, but also throughout much of the world.

    You do not demand this because you now it would be ridiculous as the British government is incapable of telling the truth about the sculduggery they got up to last year, let alone down the ages.

    Yet you demand of republicans [and loyalist para-militarys] something you do not demand of those who govern over us,
    which ever part of the UK we might live in. Tell me who has the greater responsibility, people you nice middle class folk regarded as little more than Belfast corner boys, or the British government?

    When I believed there was a slight chance of an international commission of inquiry and reconciliation being set up I supported it, but not any more, today any thought of justice, learning from the past, the causes of the conflict, the bitter hurt, are no longer on the agenda. It all echoes of strange fruit.

    If Gerry Adams were to admit he was in the IRA and he ordered certain acts, will the former British army chief of staffs and their political masters do the same. After all the likes of the FRU did not establish itself did it. Perhaps they should toss a coin to see who goes first.

    Of course not, to even suggest it would be….well…ridiculous.

    “Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
    For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
    Here is a strange and bitter crop.”

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  3. Comment on SF’s YouTube #fail: The audience also own the frames which surround your ‘social data’…
    on 3 July 2013 at 11:22 am


    As Mick F said good find, it raises a whole host of questions about the importance of using video as a weapon in the war for democratic accountability and equality. Not least filming beyond the apex of the events, if that makes sense. This is where citizen journos (for want of a better word) come into their own.



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  4. Comment on SF’s YouTube #fail: The audience also own the frames which surround your ‘social data’…
    on 28 June 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Come on, this is not about Kelly telling the police whom to arrest now is it? He attempted, in a situation which was becoming heated, to suggest to the police there behaviour is part of the problem and not helping at all. The officer in the land-rover took offence and drove dangerously. If the youth was in police custody his parents had every right to know where he was being taken. Kelly was trying to establish that as far as I can judge.

    As to the DUP, it is a sad fact of life in the north that the main Unionist parties have all but abandoned much of the loyalist working classes, so few, if any DUP politicos are likely to emulate Kelly on this, but if they did in a similar situation where the police were behaving foolishly I would welcome it.

    The real question is why years after the GFA was first signed are these sectarian marches still causing such hurt.

    To be honest the way the state, the police and security services are behaving these days I think the more elected representatives who challenge them the better. For far to long they have been given a free ride. The more power they get the more power they want.

    best regards

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  5. Comment on SF’s YouTube #fail: The audience also own the frames which surround your ‘social data’…
    on 28 June 2013 at 1:44 pm

    “If a Police Officer thought that a 16 year needed to be arrested then let them get on with it – that is what we pay them to do.”

    No its not, unless you want to live in a Fascist state, there duties are far more complex that that. Kelly acted admirably, he placed himself in the same trench as his constituents, tell me what is wrong with that? There was absolutely no need for the land-rover to be driven off recklessly. it was a clear attempt to intimidate an elected official. I think it was the police officer driving it who lost the run of himself not Kelly.

    What these events could show is that SF may well be loosing faith in the police committees, and what it certainly does show is in these areas the PSNI name is mud.

    Arresting a 16 year old boy was a provocative act, and bound to light the blue touch paper, if anything Kelly’s action helped calm the situation, whether that is right or wrong it is not for me to say.

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  6. Comment on Are the Sunday Mirror (and the Met) latest ‘target’ of Bangor con man, Mark Townley?
    on 4 June 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This fellow should enter politics, he would be amongst his own kind, I hear UKip are on the look out for new members who have a national profile

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  7. Comment on Derry proposals for Colombian peace
    on 28 May 2013 at 11:49 am

    Land, Land Land

    As far as the insurgency in Colombia is concerned without large tracts of land being handed to the landless any peace process will be a sham, will the Colombian government truly go down that road, we will see, but it was the government who gave the nod to the present owners of such land, to steal much of it, and their military who backed these thieves up, or turned a blind eye to the right wing death squads when the peasants tried to argue back. Thus one cannot be over optimistic about the outcome.

    The one lesson I would learn from all of these peace processes and which most academics seem to ignore, Oslo, NI, SA, Sri Lanka, look beyond the media and political powder puffs and try not to be taken for a mug.

    Not easy for sure, but they all have one thing in common, the societal status quo remains in place, there is a lesson there surely?

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  8. Comment on Bad news for Sweden as the social model slowly unravels…
    on 23 May 2013 at 11:26 pm

    “rebalancing of the social system”


    So it was out of kilter was it? the most successful western nation needed ‘rebalancing’ like the average man needs a hole in their head.

    By the way Mick, the UK has never ‘embraced diversity…’ Most of such talk was hot air from ruling elites as cover for their own racism and class prejudice, Tell me which of the British institutions have a leadership which are ‘diverse” Parliament, police, British military, monarchy, City of London, BBC, MSM, Even the bloody fire service is not!

    As to the British government it is about as diverse as…, let me see, the pupils at Eton school, upper middle class to the core.

    The very essence of the UK makes a mockery of the word diversity.

    Still we cant complain as like paying tax, diversity is only for us little people.

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  9. Comment on Adams’s extended RTE interview on political murder turns the southern clock right back for Sinn Fein…
    on 16 May 2013 at 11:10 am

    “however this was not typical of the British army as a whole”


    The above simply highlights what a muddle we get into when we debate who and who is not a terrorist, the best analysis imo is still one man’s terrorist is anothers freedom fighter.

    Whilst it is certainly true that not all units of the British army engaged in terrorism, the same could be said of the Wehrmacht and indeed the IRA.

    However what can be said about all three, they all used terror as a military tactic and in soe cases a strategy. Especially in the British case during the dog days of the British Empire. Recent revelations which came out in a court case about its conduct in Kenya proves that amongst other abominations a mau mau suspect was murdered by being by being roasted on a spit as if they were a piece of meat.

    Where ever the British army gets its boots on the ground of some poor sods country brutality and torture accompanies it
    In recent years it has been the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered, forgive me for saying so, but the whole point of war is to inflict terror on the enemy and that includes the civilian population

    By the way I would recommend the book Cruel Britannia to get an understanding of how ‘our boys’ really behave.

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