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  1. Comment on Before Haass reveals his recommendations, the practical issues of dealing with the past
    on 19 December 2013 at 10:05 pm

    BarneyT, I actually find Bangladesh a more interesting comparison to NI. Several decades after independence they are finally getting around to putting pro-Pakistani soldiers and politicians on trial. Nationalists already believe there is an unspoken amnesty for soldiers and police in NI. If a united Ireland appears on the horizon in our lifetime I imagine HMG will be very keen to deal with this officially before it becomes the responsibility of the Irish Govt.

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  2. Comment on Kevin Conway murder: “Local Sinn Fein Councillor John O’Dowd was under no illusions…”
    on 19 December 2013 at 9:52 pm

    “Always good to see the flaunting of sub-judice.”

    Seamus, Slugger is a good barometer of how flimsy a case is against any republican who finds himself arrested.

    The weaker it is the quicker Slugger gets a post out. This one would seem to be very weak, surprised Slugger didn’t react quicker.

    Colin Duffy was injured in the attack when Sam Marshall was murdered, apparently the army was also in the area but scarpered beforehand.

    Gary Marshall, like Duffy is a favourite target for arrest by the RUC/PSNI.

    Both have been represented by Rosemary Nelson.

    At Nelsons inquest an intelligence document was produced suggesting that Nelson knew that Duffy had murdered Conway and helped to construct an alibi.

    I’m guessing the local trevors have used up their annual quota of arrests for Colin Duffy so lifted Marshall instead.

    As for the soil samples….now where have I heard that one before……………..

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  3. Comment on BBC Spotlight on how the peace process continues to cover for the ‘bad’ UVF
    on 1 November 2013 at 3:33 pm

    “education is the duty of the state”

    Well Charles there is every possibility that Sinn Fein will be in Government in IReland sometime over the next decade or two and also be the largest party in Stormont during the same time.

    Can you just confirm that you are happy for them to name every school after an IRA volunteer, only have Gaelic games and teach through the medium of Irish, possibly start the day with a chorus of the “Broad Black Brimmer”

    With everyone North and South been educated in that manner there would be no division then.

    Personally, I’m a fan of faith schools, church schools, free schools etc all with an amount of freedom in teaching as long as they reach the end result of churning out well educated, well adjusted young adults.

    PS
    If you think my little fantasy vignette for a Sinn Fein ‘State’ education is far-fetched what do you think people like Nesbit and Robinson have in mind for nationalist kids when they talk about integrated education, me, I’m fairly sure it doesn’t involve calling historical Irish people anything but terrorists and criminals for opposing mother England, doesn’t include the Irish language or gaelic games.

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  4. Comment on BBC Spotlight on how the peace process continues to cover for the ‘bad’ UVF
    on 1 November 2013 at 1:05 pm

    “The Catholic state needs to be whittled now so it is gone (education north and south).”

    Indeed Charles, now read the comment posted above your one and tell us exactly what needs to be whittled away, sounds like you Cynic and Nesbitt actually mean that’s high time nationalists (Catholics) began learning the unionist version of history, stop playing Gaelic games and stop learning their leprechaun language.

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  5. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “If we are going have integrity in Irish republicanism it has to be an organic thing…”
    on 16 October 2013 at 11:40 am

    I think Seamus is at least consistant, for the SDLP it’s all about agreeing for the sake of agreeing and getting on each other but not actually getting what your voters wanted.

    For me, the SDLP lost the nationalist vote when they jumped way too early on policing, their decision then fits with what Mallon is saying today,

    It may be insulting to call them the ‘Stoops’ and say they are happy with a box of chocolates, but there is more than a hint of truth in the cat-calling.

    Who took Ian Og seriously a few years ago when he claimed the DUP feared the SDLP more than SF.

    I think there is a percentage of the SF support who don’t necessarily agree with SF actions or policy but see a party that …er…sticks to its guns, so to speak and is therefore a safer pair of hands for nationalist aspirations. afterall why would nationalists vote for a party who appears more concerned about the happiness of unionists and not them

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  6. Comment on Partitionism is alive and well in All Ireland
    on 19 September 2013 at 10:43 am

    BTW a certain phone company (comes after 2 and before 4) will cure your ills on making calls anywhere on the island.

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  7. Comment on Partitionism is alive and well in All Ireland
    on 19 September 2013 at 10:40 am

    It seems a bit weird to demand that people who oppose partition should fix the problems being caused by partition, is that not the role of those who support partition.

    Furthermore, this problem will get much worse should the Conservative Party (largely based in England) succeed in winning a vote to leave the EU (which will be determined by English voters)

    But as all the polls in NI show (apparently) people don’t want a UI and more recently (again apparently) they want direct rule and not local rule.

    Another recent poll on Scottish independence gives 47% (I think) in favour IF Scots were £300 per year better off.

    Pro-Partitionists (Slugger is one) refuse to have any conversation, and instead point to unqualified polls or (as Slugger does) demand fully costed complete pictures of what a UI would be like.

    THis post proves that it is high time that a proper conversation on the possible pros and cons of a UI V UK

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  8. Comment on Zero Sum and Differential Gain in Northern Ireland
    on 18 September 2013 at 10:53 am

    “if you’re going to lie, make it a big fucking lie” That was Britain’s wartime ally Stalin responsible for about 20,000,000 deaths, including 3,000,000 Cusacks and White Russians rounded up by the British after WW2 and handed over as a thank-you (obviously not the many who decided to commit suicide instead) they themselves had been Britain’s ally before the war, but heyhoo things change,

    So, it’s not Godwins Law, and the IRA aren’t the only baddies.

    How about (given the topic) we build a 2nd peace centre near the site of Girdwood barracks, the Mess\Bar there was where the UVF and UDR mingled (with an estimated 25% joint membership). Perhaps two statues a UDR and a UVF volunteer holding an Ulster Resistance Beret between them, it could be stylized to resemble a poppy wreath, I think that would cover everything for unionism and the DUP

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  9. Comment on SDLP yet to choose its candidate, but the clock is ticking…
    on 18 September 2013 at 8:30 am

    Dana – Catholic, from Derry, has done the job,

    Ann Travers – Catholic, victim, high profile, would get unionist votes to annoy SF

    Or …the party leader himself

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  10. Comment on Voting intentions survey – 44.1% wouldn’t vote (3:2 women:men) + the party split of those who would vote
    on 17 September 2013 at 9:13 pm

    ayeYerMa, the question NILT use is:

    “If there were a general election tomorrow, which political party do you think you would be most likely to support?”

    http://www.ark.ac.uk/nilt/2012/main12.pdf

    So just explain it to me one more time cos I don’t understand why they mention a “General Election” at the start of the question if it’s not about voting intentions,

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