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  1. Comment on Some thoughts on the Economics of Unity.
    on 24 April 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Politico68: 24 flippin hours before I am due to hand in a ten page paper at Uni.
    So just finish off the final page and print the whole thing off.
    Or did you not get the memo? “Tiocfaidh ár lá – be ready”

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  2. Comment on Some thoughts on the Economics of Unity.
    on 24 April 2014 at 6:52 pm

    David McCann: The Irish Republic successfully lures the wealth creating jobs that will stand them in good stead for years and let their people get ahead. While we languish in Northern Ireland, waiting for the next call centre announcement, with wages that barely allow people to get by.
    Do you actually believe that a larger Ireland will attract more FDI? The Republic has a high rate of unemployment, so why is that additional FDI not already there? The reality is that the RoI is a corporate tax haven and may soon be competing in a race to the bottom with an independent Scotland.
    So, what you are offering is a slice of the existing pie. So long as the Scots don’t get some of it.
    Even if the economies eventually merge upwards, as you hope, there is still the crippling impact of trying to balance the books while we are waiting.

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  3. Comment on Election Posters Everywhere, but very few seem to be staying up in some areas
    on 24 April 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Charles_Gould: Next was Alliance – very very “yellow” posters of Anna Lo but if you mention that colour then Alliance people will call you racist.
    If you won’t stop going on about it, it won’t just be Alliance #1 folk either.

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  4. Comment on About ‘that’ crossroads: Moderate Unionism at Twaddell, April 2014
    on 24 April 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Chris Donnelly: Again, this one warrants further probing by the mainstream media as it very clearly involves a senior Ulster Unionist Party politician alleging that the police, courts and indeed government are anti-PUL ‘tribe’. Furthermore, McGimpsey invokes a sense of being oppressed (‘suffering’) and facing defeat (‘losing everything.’)
    But Mopery is surely ‘protected speech’ now, as the Americans would say? The new social contract (post GFA) involves the moper not going to court to lodge his complaints; and the rest of us not paying any attention to them.

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  5. Comment on “Poll: Scotland on the brink of independence” Time to panic?
    on 24 April 2014 at 10:40 am

    Politico68: Barnshee, genuine question here for you. I am studying the demographic breakdowns in the small ward areas of NI. in your postcode scenario where would u put an area that say was split 55/45 in favour of Unionists but where the under thirty age group was split 55/45 in favour of Nationalists? with a dying Unionist population but a growing Nationalist one?
    Are you suggesting that there should be extra votes for 18-30 year olds?
    Anyway, once you draw a new line on a map, people will cross it, both ways. Anyone who thought that the unionists would up-sticks to Scotland or England would have no problem expecting them to cross a new border across the 6 counties.
    So your hypothetical problem will probably solve itself.
    The alternative, which doesn’t depend on assumptions or predictions, is a rolling re-partition. So long as you accept it could roll either way.

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  6. Comment on A tale of two wars (well two divergent accounts of the same war)…
    on 23 April 2014 at 11:00 am

    Mainland Ulsterman: ” He (Thomas Aquinas) was no stranger to assertions utterly unsupported by rational principles.”
    Mc Slaggart: He is taken to be the one of greatest theologian and philosopher in the catholic church.
    Well, that’s religion for you. Devout theologians: the best of them can handle internal logic. Rationality is too much to expect.

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  7. Comment on NI21′s ‘tús maith’ !
    on 23 April 2014 at 10:33 am

    Comrade Stalin: …but such tokenism is little more than a poor substitute for policies and ideas to take the country forward.
    And yet Slugger has been buzzing for the last month over a dinner party. Sometimes gestures and tokenism count as real politics in a sense; whereas wrangling over town centre car parks isn’t actually getting anyone anywhere.
    However, to be a little bit cynical for a moment: the notion that an Irish Language Act could actually be on the table after all these years *is* real politics.

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  8. Comment on NI21′s ‘tús maith’ !
    on 22 April 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Barnshee: How to lose any prospect of votes in one easy lesson
    I didn’t have you pegged as a prospective NI21 voter anyway.
    SeaanUiNeill’s scepticism is better targeted but irrelevant. NI21 may never present an Irish language activist or offer up anything more than cúpla focal themselves. The important point is that here is a pro-union party that is not hostile to this aspect of Irish culture. It’s a healthy position, and for every potential supporter who thinks it is ‘too much’ there are probably a few who think it is either ‘sensible enough’ or at least ‘a start’.

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  9. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 22 April 2014 at 8:50 am

    …Irish Rupert Brooke type…
    Handing out a rifle as a school poetry prize seems to fit the bill.
    SeaanUiNeill: Pearse’s work for the full education of an entire person…
    Handing out a rifle as a school poetry prize seems to fit the bill.
    Pearse for education minister!

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  10. Comment on Scotland Essay: Why the No side should be looking up in Scotland…
    on 20 April 2014 at 12:24 pm

    tuatha: Why is he even fed, let alone allowed to handle sharp implements like pens?
    Well, judging from your potted biography, I expect he is kept because he is so effective.
    Maybe the ‘Yes’ campaign ought to buy him off?

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