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  1. Comment on Why the No side should be looking up in Scotland-by John McTernan #indyref
    on 16 April 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I hope Dabid will also post a piece by someone on the pro-independence side.

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  2. Comment on Hunger Strike: Margaret Thatcher’s Battle With the IRA (1980-1981)
    on 5 April 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Although I read on the book review of the book that was on Newshound’s book review section someone commented that several of Bik McFarlane’s cell neighbors heard him commenting on the offer. So maybe with the ear pressed to the wall it was possible to hear through it.

    The prisoners used the heating pipes running through the cells, and the holes in the wall used for them, as a means of communicating with each other, which was really only good for the cell directly adjacent. The other means was to scream out the door and try to be heard by the entire wing. That’s how they held political discussions, Irish language classes, storytelling sessions, etc.

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  3. Comment on The prevailing wisdom of A Love Divided
    on 5 April 2014 at 10:11 pm

    The film scene that showed the burning of a barn with much livestock trapped inside…

    I’m pretty sure that scene was invented for the film, as were a number of scenes of physical violence portrayed in the film.

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  4. Comment on Green Party conference: Euro candidate Ross Brown sets out his stall and his journey #GPNI #GPNI14
    on 31 March 2014 at 2:33 pm

    for there to be an increase in the number of Green councillors (currently two)

    Who’s the councillor beside Barry (I think it’s interesting that he’s a co-optee, it could be a weakness), is Ciaran Mussen still sitting?

    whether DUP-style letters of resignation should be lodged by elected representatives with party officers

    Some acknolwedgement of Cadogan Enright’s break with the party?

    Have the Greens announced who all of their candidates will be in the locals?

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  5. Comment on McCann meets….Steven Agnew MLA #gpniconf14
    on 31 March 2014 at 10:14 am

    The Greens stood in 2004 and got 4,810 votes (1%). In the following European election in 2009 Agnew did indeed triple their vote.

    I agree though that them polling more this time around is unlikely. In 2009 Agnew was good for a protest vote in certain nationalist areas. But since then he lost a lot of that sympathy in those areas and someone like Ross Brown is very unlikely to pick it up again.

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  6. Comment on What happened in Galway was wrong but don’t be misled about BDS
    on 15 March 2014 at 10:20 am

    I can’t believe people are still trying to peddle the kind of BS posted by downundergirl above.

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  7. Comment on Cara Park: “Continue the fight for equality in the face of casual misogyny, physical misogyny and, most importantly, resist and revolt against misogyny by the state.” #AMU (video added)
    on 13 March 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Late term abortions are very rare, and in countries like the US, Canada and Britain only about 1% of abortions are performed after 19 weeks, but even then surely it still falls in the realm of a woman’s right to control her own body.

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  8. Comment on Gordon Brown’s tough to trump “have-your-cake-and-eat-it formula” for Scotland
    on 12 March 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I think Falconer nailed Bew very well with this comment:

    “Bew’s argument that Scotland is economically dependent on England tendentious to say the least. Finally, rather than compare Scotland with Ireland today — despite everything, still enjoying higher living standards and better welfare provision than us — he opts for the 1920s. An historian’s privilege, one might say.”

    Gordon Brown’s dubious suggestions also got mentioned on Bella Caledonia recently. It seems much more likely at this point that a No vote in September will lead to a loss of powers for a devolved Scottish administration rather than an increase in powers.

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  9. Comment on Happy International Women’s Day
    on 10 March 2014 at 1:27 pm

    The fleggers did their damnedest to silence Anna Lo at Saturday’s rally, on top of the verbal abuse they meeted out to many of the female speakers taking part in the IWD celebration.

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