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Slugger Awards (Media) Pitch: Challenge your own community Award?

Thu 30 September 2010, 1:15pm

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  1. Comment on Bishop John McAreavey: “Political representatives must answer for their own position on abortion…”
    on 18 April 2014 at 12:43 am

    FJH nails it. Arrogance. I defend SF on this site because of my own impression that they are often treated unfairly and subjected to scrutiny above and beyond that given to others. Most of the people I associate with in WB won’t vote for them now, for various reasons. Between the revelations (to me at least, and for my scepticism Mick I apologise) regarding the Irish language, and now this. Pretty disgusted over the space of a week at their double speak, and the feeling starts to take hold that they must view their own voters with utter contempt. It’s often the case that the people who think they are smart enough to lie, are too stupid to realise that everyone sees through it.

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  2. Comment on Why the No side should be looking up in Scotland-by John McTernan #indyref
    on 16 April 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Bit unusual for the blog to appear under the wrong name. Is it written by Mr. McCann or is that a deliberate attempt to disguise the fact that the author has a dog in the fight?

    Also no space on the left of Labour? ROFLMAO. Labour is Tory lite. Better than full on Tory IMO but still. C’mon. Also David tweeting “big” response on Slugger to this article. May want to redefine Slugger’s definition of big for that. 13 responses in 7 hours. Wow. :)

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  3. Comment on “Post-nationalist Ireland has arrived.”
    on 13 April 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Socaire, yep morally repugnant people make decisions because they believe they are right. To reach a higher moral plane one should make decisions you believe are morally wrong for political expedience.

    Nevin, the intricacies of the Ireland vs ROI nomenclature are lost on any English audience, and are at any rate a Unionist preoccupation. No one is modifying their speeches for that reason. Unionism is fast becoming a minority within a minority, why worry about the sensitivities of less than a million people when talking to an audience of 65 million Brits and 7 million Irish.

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  4. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 13 April 2014 at 1:23 am

    I think the point is that Unionist intolerance of Nationalist cultural expression may in future engender Nationalist intolerance of Unionist cultural expression, regardless of the rights and wrongs.

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  5. Comment on Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (except for opening stuff and jobs announcements)
    on 11 April 2014 at 1:53 pm

    There’s a protocol for funding decision Nevin, but I don’t have the energy to dig into it. I’d like to think that whatever systems are in place are applied equally, but if they’re not I think you’re the man to discover that.

    http://www.deni.gov.uk/schools_enhancement_programme_protocol_for_selection

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  6. Comment on NI21 announce their Euro Candidate @NI21Chair Tina McKenzie
    on 11 April 2014 at 1:19 pm

    What sort of success rate in elections does anyone need to be allowed to make a prediction?
    I predict that there will be lots of election predictions on Slugger over the next month, almost all of them from people who have never even stood for election themselves.

    No sort of success rate at all, but to describe someone as naive for throwing 5 grand at an election (which she’ll get back if she reaches the dizzy heights of half of IJP’s total) when you have yourself thrown 5 grand at an election campaign which is almost certain to have been as successful as Tina’s, assuming she does hit the 2.5% mark and gets her money back.

    I just think it’s a bit rich to describe her as ‘naive’ for throwing her hat in the ring when Ian did the same, with the same results and with an established party behind him. The worst she can do is match his success.

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  7. Comment on Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (except for opening stuff and jobs announcements)
    on 11 April 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Third attempt posting. Something to do with my IP I suspect, maybe someone else in work has been naughty in the past but often when I hit submit my responses disappear into the ether. I generally give up after a while. I just say that as I don’t mean to be rude and not respond but sometimes I can’t.

    Are you saying there’s something wrong with pointing out (though I agree, not explicitly) that having reduced the housing provision on Girdwood from 200, to 50 in an area of high housing need, that the SF spokesman has in fact no case to answer?

    Political naivety in entering some kind of side deal over Girdwood and then getting stiffed I suspect. However I have no proof so that’s just my cynical suspicion.

    So tell us all, what policy did the Minister introduce that saw that improvement in school performance? Don’t get me wrong, it is good to see, but it strikes me that it’s simply a matter of having someone watchdogging the system to clean out the blockages. That is good. But isn’t that what the Assembly committee is doing?

    An argument that can easily be turned around. If the minister is not responsible for the improvements then he’s not responsible for the failings. Half true in both cases. Also because of the unique situation we’re in, it’s much easier for SF to make changes to the Catholic side of our education system, I can imagine the outcry if a SF minister insisted that RBAI become mixed ability. So state pupils either get branded an underachiever at age 11 and get sent off to a poor/mediocre state school or get sent to an elite grammar. Anyway, as a response to SF’s failures on the education brief, steadily improving results is a strong argument in response.

    As for the blocking of public scrutiny on the basis that Ministers might lose their jobs, I put that firmly in the category of collusion between the DUP and SF at OFMdFM level.

    What Zep said. I hold them all in contempt and cringe when they open their mouths, because of what they say and how they say it. Still, better than people being killed regularly so overall we’re moving in the right direction.

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  8. Comment on Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (except for opening stuff and jobs announcements)
    on 11 April 2014 at 10:33 am

    A thread about Peter Robinson’s inherent weakness morphed into a tour of SF’s failings as seen by Mick. Except the link doesn’t mention Girdwood, there is no link re: Irish Language and somehow we once again missed the fact that 20% more pupils are getting 5 GCSEs or more than when SF took the post having increased year on year for a decade. Keep up the good work.

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