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In a less degenerate age, the sixteenth century Lord of all Ulster, but in my current incarnation, a one time film maker, animatior and producer/director, currently a visual artist, iconographer, writer, historian, neo-Jacobite and, I believe, a political moderate with serious polycultural leanings. Even so, I would like the old place to perhaps develop some of its own culture rather than simply borrow styles from the homogeneous mix available for the discerning plagiarist from other International art sources. I remember the Queens Festival when it was worth going to, not so very long ago. Also, I'd give a lot to see a serious re-forrestation project, deciduous please.

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  1. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 24 April 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Brian, the situations not at all clear cut. There were important legal precedents that were ignored at the court marshall, and Roger Casement’s would later reference his defence to the status of Irish wild geese soldiers in the Armies of France only 150 years before These eighteenth century agreements on belligerent status were the foundation on which the Geneva Conventions were built. The issues Harry raises, regarding article 4 of the Geneva Convention, ie: Uniform, chain of command etc, were talismans to affirm a right to such status, and as allies of Germany, something Casement worked hard to develop, this actually was a serious, arguable defence for the insurgents, even if it was not accepted in the heated atmosphere of the time.

    The case Harry has put forward is not simply sentiment…..

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  2. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi tacapall, ” I’ve been wondering if you’ve been watching that new series “New Worlds” on Channel 4 covering the so called glorious revolution, papal plots and slavery.”

    No TV! I used to be involved in producing programmes (hired so many fellow countrymen, we were known as the Murphia in Soho) so I’m just tooo critical of other peoples programmes not to risk throwing my seven volume facsimile copy of the Four Masters through the screen. But I do “listen again” stuff sometimes.

    I quite enjoyed the prequel to “New Worlds”, “the Devil’s Whore” about the Levellers and the Civil War, (interestingly, the Levellers used a bluish sea green as their political colour which was taken up again in a big way by the United Irishmen and has become our own Erinn’s green) so I’ll check the show out. Its my contention that the radical tolerance and equality before the law that the last Stuarts initiated was a big influence on the development of the United Men (“Jacobite becoming Jacobin”, something supported by both Ó Buachallla and Ó Ciardha). I doubt that we’ll be seeing any of that……

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  3. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 12:50 pm

    “By the way it would be easier finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow than to find an honest politician that shows integrity or one who actually gives a fk about the people or the country they supposedly love.”

    Thanks tacapall, for your (as usual) very much to the point comments and especially the ending of your posting. At least you and I know we’re in for a very, very, very long wait for one! Thank goodness the culture and the politics of a land are two quite different things….

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  4. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 11:29 am

    politico68 “well thats an issue for every society to face up to not just the north.”

    “Well, yes! I’ve been trying to think of any society that may be an exception, and I’m still looking….”

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  5. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 24 April 2014 at 11:26 am

    Hi Nevin, I’d cut poor old Hill who drivelled on and on, but has mislead so many with his witless assumptions and inaccuracies, but I can only cheer your suggestion of the work of my old friend the “professional Historian” Professor Hiram Morgan, so perhaps you might now actually read what he has written on Ulster’s greatest ruler, Seán Donnghaileach, in passing in his unsurpassed “Tyrone’s Rebellion” a book everyone in the province who takes our history seriously should own. Your earlier comments on my namesake suggest that you have only a scant acquaintance with Hiram’s work…..

    “I don’t put too much faith in ‘professional’ historians,” so
    if you are unwilling to at least look at the people who are actually examining the material within a discipline, and evaluate their work, who gives you your information? Oh, I remember, amateurs like George Hill…..

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  6. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 11:11 am

    Oh truthfinder, “There is no moral equivalence with the Protestant/Unionist community who down the centuries have always consistently voted against those who claim to act in our name.”

    I could offer a plethora of names from the 1920s. I know from family memory that a number of significant ex-Ulster division officers personally raised issues about prominent Unionists known to be implicated in dirty violence in the early 1920s, even threatening to expose names in the English press if such men were not forced to resign. Several of such men were procured honours later, one I know of became a mentor to someone who would become a major player in the post GFA governments. These officers were concerned that the new (if ill conceived) state should not be crippled with an unacceptable burden of lies and injustice, concerned in other words, for the honour of Unionism. More fool them! This unrecognised moral ambivalence in some of the states founders has hounded the post 1922 government of NI to its whimpering end and informs my comments on GA and political dishonesty in any future government we may have to endure in my posting above. Neither “side” has any moral high ground to retreat to out of the mess, in the manner you imply. And if the tone of dishonesty and illegal expedient had not been practiced on both sides, this thread could never have been started.

    Thank you, Politico68, for so carefully and sensitively answering my rather “let truth be known, though the whole world may crumble” posting. I’m not unaware that we live in the modern world, and in my answer to truthfinder I hope I have clearly shown that I can understand entirely where you are coming from, but its just the practical matter that you need to be able to trust in any sphere, to do business for example. I know you describe a situation where we all know what he’s doing here, and its just a game, but I feel it still structurally encodes the kind of poison that can only grow and grow.

    But again, thank you for the care you have taken to state your case so thoughtfully.

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  7. Comment on The Easter Rising: romance and regret but no barrier to reconciliation
    on 24 April 2014 at 9:47 am

    Nevin, “more in grief than in anger…….” And I do realise that not everyone is a professional historian or can take the time to read up on matters fully in order to be able to make really informed comments, such as Harry Flashman’s. But your postings are always interesting , even stimulating (even if the background reading is of necessity, perhaps, limited).

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  8. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 9:38 am

    Politico68, “Special circumstances require special consideration which in tun leads to unusual outcomes that appear to run contrary to social norms.”

    In the file “Stage Beauy” the earl of Clarendon character says (I quote from memory): “Whenever someone wants to do something particularly corrupt or foul, they always say its what they do in France.” Particularly difficult circumstances require even more stringent care in matters of accountability, and any fudge will the ensure that political corruption is structurally encoded within the system. where do “special considerations” begin and end? I see no advantage in being ruled by any dishonest politician of whatever hue, and this is not idealistic, simply practical, just as you would not want your banker to be able to simply help himself to your deposits….. oh dear, thats another thing….

    The only exception to this is when one side unquestionably wins, when they can enforce their will (and their lies) on others, should the others want to continue to live. Then we have no choice. But there have been no unquestionable winners in our own ugly mess, and the issue is for our rulers to clearly begin to genuinely inspire trust and some credibility if the automatic conker match of whataboutery we have substituted for meaningful politics is ever to have an end. Its not as if SF does not have a new generation of people who could not begin to act to distance themselves from what you see as a necessary “special consideration” of the GFA.

    “They don’t affect our ability as a society to establish and effectively maintain a healthy, just, moral and formidable post conflict political community.” This is just what they do do. This is why Geraldien Finucane’s “A deep wound cannot be stitched over and just left because it won’t heal” is so eloquent, and speaks about the entire situation and not only her own human loss. A healthy, just, moral and formidable post conflict political community needs to understand that it can draw on healthy, just, moral roots.

    This applies to all parties, and I have no truck with any other parties trying to make simple political capitol out of this to put forward their own brand of dishonesty.

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  9. Comment on Gerry Adams: “I have no recollection of that whatsoever.”
    on 24 April 2014 at 8:01 am

    Mick, to be honest, its only a problem if we, collectively, ever want to be ruled by a credible (in every sense) administration.

    As long as we do not mind being lied to on some issues such as this, we cannot really blame the politicians who chose lie to us on finance and other structural issues of government, and the entire requirement for any meaningful accountability is allowed to haemorrhage away.

    In this very important way the horse trading compromises of the GFA have effectively made NI ungovernable in the long term for a very short term advantage.

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