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Silver haired, silver tongued boulevardier who, despite an outspoken passion for the Gunners, has survived long years living in Tottenham only by dint of his great personal charm. Heroes from history: Robert Emmet; Tom Paine;Crazy Horse;Pancho Villa; Joe Hill; Mother Jones; Stalin;Vo Nguyen Giap Literary favourites:Cervantes; Voltaire; JM Synge; Arthur Miller; Frank Norris;Ambrose Bierce; F Scott Fitzgerald; Philip Roth; Cormac McCarthy: Frank O'Connor; Donald Westlake;Nikos Kazantzakis; James Lee Burke; George Pelicanos; John Sandford etc. etc. Cinema: John Ford; John Ford and John Ford Music: Kristofferson; George Jones; Willie;Sinatra; Ella;Hot Jazz Club; Ry Cooder; Robeson.

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  1. Comment on If you want change, this is not the election to boycott: a response to Alex Kane
    on 21 April 2014 at 12:37 pm

    “If you want to take hold of the reigns (sic) of your community…” I would not bother but this is the third time in a month that contributors have misapplied this word. It should of course be ‘reins’ (as of a horse, which one has occasion to “take hold of “). The advent of the automobile has, it seems, played havoc with the language.

    As to Alex Kane’s advice to voters (unionist voters presumably, they being his constituency) not to vote in forthcoming council and European elections, I should, I suppose, be all for it but, strangely, I find that I am not and instead I am swayed by the argument of Barton Creeth. Continue then, dear voters, to vote early and often as is our hallowed tradition.

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  2. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 30 March 2014 at 12:20 pm

    “…I don’t really think Alliance are any less boring than the SDLP.”

    Quite right, Charles. It is a scientifically proven fact that one is equally as boring as the other.

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  3. Comment on Quote of the Day…
    on 28 March 2014 at 9:18 pm

    In response to Dixie Elliot’s wriggling exercise above that is a lesson in how to avoid answering a difficult question I would draw attention to this article from the Newsletter of 11 November 2013 which reports that a Sunday newspaper had reported that Mrs McConville’s son, Jim had been given the name of his his mother’s killer.

    ‘“I was recently approached by grassroots republicans who were sympathetic to the McConville family,” Jean McConville’s son Jim said yesterday in a Sunday paper.’

    The man named was the late Patrick McGeown. ‘The paper claimed that McGeown was only 17 when he shot Mrs McConville in the back of the head…”‘ (My emphasis.)

    ‘Mr [Gerry] Kelly said McGeown started “barricade duty” at 13 and then joined the local unit of the IRA in the Beechmount area. He added that “at one point he held the most senior rank in the Belfast brigade of the IRA”.’

    ‘He [McGeown] was jailed in the Republic for explosives offences aged 14 and at 16 was interned before being imprisoned for a bombing attack.’ (My emphasis)

    ‘Another Sunday paper yesterday reported that the IRA member, then aged 16, who drove Mrs McConville away from her children has phoned her daughter Helen McKendry to apologise.’

    Now perhaps Dixie Elliot might wish to revise his assertion concerning the sensibilities of the IRA in using young men not yet in adulthood to carry out, not only dangerous, but also quite horrific orders. In that regard I do however accept that they were no different from, for example, the British Army.

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  4. Comment on Quote of the Day…
    on 28 March 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I note that Anthony McIntyre himself, in the course of that interview, admitted that he has also denied his membership of the IRA, denied it indeed in a court of law and this denial was rewarded with his dismissal on the charge of IRA membership. He now freely admits that at the time of that denial that he was, in fact, an active member of the IRA. I do hope that he has not now left himself open to charges of perjury. That would be most unfortunate and somewhat ironical if the PSNI sought to have the transcript of this interview handed over as evidence.

    The question that I should like put to McIntyre is this :

    Given that you have admitted your role as an active member of the IRA, would you tell us, please, what you would have done if you had been ordered by a superior officer to assist in the abduction, detention and transport of Jean McConville to her place of execution ? Would you have refused the order on grounds of conscience or would you have been an obedient soldier and carried out your orders by participating in her murder ?

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  5. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 28 March 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Sam McAughtry – a kind heart indeed. May his soul rest in peace.

    I am delighted to hear of the celebration of the life of Sam Thompson. I was on the team of workers for Sam’s candidacy for NI Labour in the South Down constituency in the General Election of 1964 when he ran third to the successful Unionist candidate, Capt. LPS Orr and the Independent Republican, George Mussen beating the Liberal candidate, Hamilton Gooding into fourth place. (Beating a Liberal was victory enough for me. – I do not like Liberal). I was inspired to work on the team by Downpatrick playwright, Raymond Barry himself a local character and happy to be seen as ‘a bit of a Red’.

    Interestingly our election headquarters, in Downpatrick, was the vacated office of the defunct Co. Down Star newspaper which had a short life and which premises later served as the first office for the accountancy practice of MB McGrady who was later joined in the practice by his brother and future SDLP politician EK McGrady. And so the world turns.

    1964 ! Cripes, I was a slip of a lad of 19 years.

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  6. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 27 March 2014 at 10:53 am

    …ah, but has she completed your questionaire on the desirability of Irish reunification, Fitzjameshorse ?

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  7. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 27 March 2014 at 10:05 am

    A very cleverly constructed missive indeed. It does Ms McIlvenny proud and shows her talent at this sort of thing off to excellent effect.

    But then Paula Bradshaw steps in and makes a hames of the whole show.
    ““Unionists and nationalists have failed to deliver an open society, have failed to further press freedom and have made no in-roads when it comes to gender equality.

    Instead.” says Bradshaw, “ they [Unionists and Nationalists]have created a Northern Ireland that doesn’t allow gay men to donate blood and bone marrow and where some people will be barred from marrying the person they love and want to commit to purely on the basis of their gender.

    She entirely forgets, it seems, that it is the Republican political body in these parts that has been to the fore in championing equal rights for gays in the teeth of fierce opposition from her former political comrades and indeed glosses over the embarrassment of her Alliance Party leader, David Ford and two other Alliance MLA’s refusing to support in the Assembly a Sinn Féin motion, proposed by Bronwyn McGahan calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to legislate to allow for same sex marriage. If Bradshaw felt obliged to walk away from the Ulster Unionist Party because of its lack of commitment to progressive social policy then one might be forgiven for thinking that she surely must feel deeply embarrassed in her present association.

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  8. Comment on McGuinness’s Al Jazeera interview: Terrorism, conflict and a popular peace
    on 25 March 2014 at 10:22 am

    I have to say that I found myself squirming with acute embarrassment the longer McGuinnness went on. Was this the same man who so ably stood up to the likes of Paxman in the run-up to and during the peace negotiations ? Surely not. He seemed more focused on defending and justifying the persona of Martin McGuinness, Man of Peace, than of explaining the roots of the conflict and the tactical limitations placed upon an organisation engaged in guerilla warfare in a small, highly militarised theatre. That he allowed Charlie Wolfe to steal the mantra of ‘unintended collateral damage’ as the excuse for the untold thousands of deaths from US and allied bombings was quite unforgivable.

    When faced with the quietly reasoned yet deadly pointed intervention from Colin Parry, the response of the Deputy First Minister was of the order of, “It wasn’t me, sir, it was them other boys. I’m a good boy, sir. I was doing my homework at the time.”

    I have to say, Martin, bloody cringeworthy. The dissidents will have taken much heart from that performance and may indeed use the recording as a recruitment tool.

    I can imagine the likes of Dixie Elliot saying, “What did I tell ye, Rory ?” and I having no answer for him.

    Thank you, Martin, you have left at least one staunch supporter ‘eyeless in Ghaza’, yet stll shorn.

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  9. Comment on In modest praise of… Bob Crow, RIP
    on 12 March 2014 at 11:48 am

    “Good old fashioned Marxist materialism,” as Mick calls it, can not be reduced to successful wage negotiations by trade union leaders.

    Marx’s materialist philosophy differs from the rather crude materialism of the natural scientists who considered that feelings and ideas are sufficiently explained as results of chemical bodily processes, and “thought is to the brain what urine is to the kidneys.” His materialism rather is rooted in the very real conditions in which mankind strives to exist and develop.

    Marx described his own historical method very succinctly: “The way in which men produce their means of subsistence depends first of all on the nature of the actual means they find in existence and have to reproduce. This mode of production must not be considered simply as being the reproduction of the physical existence of the individuals. Rather, it is a definite form of activity of these individuals, a definite form of expressing their life, a definite mode of life on their part. As individuals express their life, so they are. What they are, therefore, coincides with their production, both with what they produce and with how they produce. The nature of individuals thus depends on the material conditions determining their production.”

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