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carl marks: It is a reasonable question,
Asking questions is reasonable. Stalking people and demanding answers isn’t.
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tacapall:Theres the thanks you get, your race is called thick.
I don’t think the Irish are a race. But, supposing that we are, he is only saying that very few (those who truly believe Gerry Adams) are thick. That may not be 100% correct, but it’s surely not very far off.
Republic of Connaught: No, actually it’s bailing out European banks who recklessly lent the reckless Irish banks easy money to lend to greedy developers. Many of whom blew it on property gambles in England not Ireland – up to £16 billion in the UK alone; hence why NAMA owns so much property in London. What had Irish developers spending borrowed european money in London got to do with the Irish taxpayer? Nothing, of course. But the Irish taxpayer is paying for it.
The Irish Government had a choice – support the Irish banks or watch them fold. Note the word ‘choice’. The consequence of watching them fold would have been pain for European banks, but utter disaster for Irish savers, wiping out the very people who will need to pull Ireland out of its mess.
I don’t think that the fact that Irish speculators borrowed money from Irish banks to engage in property speculation in London is going to get anyone off the hook – NAMA holds the property in lieu of debt on a rather higher sum of money which it wishes it had instead, and are hoping the price rises again. The ‘M’ stands for Management, which is better than a Fire Sale.
As for the stupidity of banks in other European countries lending to Irish banks – they possibly thought these were well regulated honestly run financial institutions operating within the regulatory framework of a developed nation. But they know about PIIGS now.
And the “Irish taxpayer” is paying for decisions made by the Irish Government elected by the Irish voter; just as they profited from those decisions when times were easy. Similar arrangements exist around the world.
Charles_Gould: Snag: SF always reply to this by saying that attacks on SF are attacks on republicans, and claim that as a resul SDLP is anti-republican and that such attacks send voters to SF.
I think that, these days, most of the voters should be able to shrug off that sort of response by SF. Instead it’s the SDLP that goes to pieces when SF plays that game.
Republic of Connaught: Ireland has paid 42% of the total cost of the European banking crisis. Repeat: EUROPEAN banking crisis. So we’re easily in credit when it comes to moneys received and given to the EU project.
Firstly; Ireland hasn’t “paid” any such amount – it’s mostly glaring at the bill and waving it at Merkel. If Ireland actually does manage to pay off the debt it still won’t be “easily in credit”, because it’s just bailing out the debts of its own banks and not giving money away to other EU members. Apparently that’s Germany’s job.
And since the money borrowed by Irish banks was lent to Irish citizens and residents, under regulation by the elected Irish government, to fund an Irish property bubble facilitated by the Irish tax structure, making the Irish population very smug about their Irish tiger; it seems a bit unfair to try to get Germany to pay for it.
Nicholas Whyte: I’m baffled by the idea that becoming more left wing and nationalist will help the SDLP to differentiate itself from Sinn Fein.
The opportunity should be plain. With the nationalist project settling down for the long haul, the SDLP should be the party of the ‘warm house’, rather than the endless bickering served up by everyone else.
No mention of sporting clubs in the original proposal. Sporting clubs with flag rules or traditions might be hit by the restrictions in #3.
mjh: These figures are very small, but might be enough to make the difference between winning or losing a seat in a very tight race.
Nice work. But that sort of analysis (was this just transfers that actually occurred? Or scaled up to over the quota?) make me wonder what riches there are to be derived from the entire ballot paper – the first transfers that never happened because the first preference stayed with the intended target until they were elected; or stayed with a candidate who was eliminated in the final count.
I suppose party wonks might know some of this detail through long nights at counting centres, but it would be nice if this depth of data was available in a database.
jagmeister; The Eiffel Tower is architecture, Gareth Bale is economics, the Empire State building is architecture and economics. It definitely looks like the Narrow Water bridge is not economic, and if is is architecture then it is architecture in the back side of nowhere. Maybe if they had built it across the Foyle in time for the City of Culture business it could have made sense.
Charles_Gould: I think the Catholic Church will have to go with its principles and convert all its schools to all ability. If some parents go elsewhere so be it. The Catholic Church has made it clear it thinks selection is totally immoral so it cannot continue with academic selection even in areas like Belfast etc.
Somewhere in your comment above is a gap between word and deed. Either the CC doesn’t have the control over the School Governors that you imagine, or they aren’t pushing very hard to implement their stated policy. I suspect a little bit of both. What’s your theory, and what’s your solution?