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  1. Comment on Why the No side should be looking up in Scotland-by John McTernan #indyref
    on 17 April 2014 at 10:43 am

    Salmond’s shameless pandering to the Ds and Es market is utterly cynical . These groups are being led to believe they have nothing to lose and something to gain from a Yes victory.
    If their votes carry the day, there will be an exodus of talent from Scotland while the dependent classes drink the North Sea dry.

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  2. Comment on #Villiers, re-hashing Larkin and victim typologies
    on 16 April 2014 at 7:04 pm

    ‘Even Villiers’ own assertion about “inherent weaknesses” could be read as an implicit recognition of the failure of Unionist government prior to the introduction of direct rule in 1972′

    Not a failure to make decisions and legislate. I can’t imagine a Unionist government of that era not knowing what to do about welfare reform.

    By the way evidence is a noun, not a verb. Still it’s not such a ludicrous affectation as ‘critiquing’.

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  3. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 14 April 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Poor educational outcomes are just that and should be addressed as such without reference to any social or ethnic category.
    Sadly, the solution will be more elusive. Bad parents are almost certainly the major cause. Are there any attainment statistics for children who have been adopted out of the FSM environment?
    What is indisputable, however, is that if you have never been born you cannot underachieve.

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  4. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 11 April 2014 at 3:22 pm

    A ban on wearing overpriced replica sports shirts of nastiest nylon would not be a bad idea on grounds of taste (and possibly personal hygiene). It might also encourage the wearers to show a bit of imagination in matters of dress. But this being the UU, that’s probably too much to expect.

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  5. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 8 April 2014 at 7:22 pm

    You know very well that the great majority of migrant workers are not begging or selling The Big Issue – those activities are, in my experience, confined to the Roma.
    So if all you have to contribute are red herrings and anti-royalist jibes why don’t you take them elsewhere.

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  6. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 8 April 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Morpheus et alia
    This argument about how much leaves the economy is completely spurious, if only because the amount of money spent on benefits will continue to increase. So the wee shops on the corner should survive, if slightly less comfortably.
    This kind of argument was deployed by NIPSA against public sector pay freezes and it has the same ludicrous implication: that all you need to ensure a thriving economy is to increase public sector pay and social security benefits by large amounts.

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  7. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 8 April 2014 at 3:50 pm

    At least you attempt to answer the question of migrant workers, even though it was predictably facile.
    What is the wage barrier you refer to? Is it the minimum wage?Whatever they earn, it doesn’t prevent them from wanting to work and describing them as slaves is a slur which I assume is intended to justify the reluctance of local benefit slaves to compete with them for employment.

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  8. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 7 April 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Stacking shelves isn’t necessarily a full-time job but a handy source of supplementary income.
    It’s clear you don’t have anything resembling a rational explanation for the presence of thousands of migrant workers in an economy where there are apparently no jobs.
    If someone can travel from the other side of Europe to take a job what’s to prevent someone from travelling down the road to take it. The purpose of welfare reform it to encourage the short journey.
    Thank you for bringing me up to speed with the extent of technological adoption among the deprived. Sky TV and giant screens are just so last year then.

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  9. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 7 April 2014 at 2:43 pm

    You obviously don’t spend much time in HE estates. You’d find most houses have a satellite dish (if you don’t see many on the front, take a look round the back). If all these people were frauds, as you imply, the proportion would be well over 50%. However, very few of them are: they just consider access to satellite TV to be an entitlement.
    By the way, have you come to any conclusion on employment of migrants?

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  10. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 7 April 2014 at 9:58 am

    Hopefully welfare reform will help to correct the sense of entitlement held by significant numbers of recipients.
    That sense of entitlement which sees no irony in having a satellite dish on your house while you can’t afford to buy books for your children, or a large dog with an appetite to match while you can’t afford to pay for your children’s school lunch.

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