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Profile for Seymour Major

Former Member of the Conservative Party but remaining ideologically centre right. Looking for the most effective way to end communalism in Northern Ireland politics.

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  1. Comment on Omagh. Time for truth.
    on 15 August 2013 at 6:34 pm

    We seem to be having plenty of calls for inquiries, not just in relation to the Omagh bombings. I have to admit that I groan whenever there is a news report that somebody is crying out for one.

    Who would foot the bill for one? The UK can no longer afford the welfare state so how can inquiries as a means of delivering justice be justified?

    And if an inquiry took place today, what is it likely to reveal? We have already had two farcical inquiries in relation to the Iraq war. I dare say there are too many in office today who were very close to the events.

    The families of the victims will never get the whole truth, particularly if the criminal investigation was impeded to protect the peace process. They would be best advised to postpone lobbying another 15 years. By then, the decision-makers connected with politics and intelligence will be gone and the cabinet papers released under the 30 year rule.

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  2. Comment on “You can’t put people in one of two boxes, it is much more complex now”
    on 18 July 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I had not heard of the word “unicorn” until reading this article. I presume that as well as being associated with a mythical beast, the name is also an abbreviation of “Unionist – catholic origin” or something similar. That was inspired thinking by whoever invented the name.

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  3. Comment on SDLP “A party not sure of where it is going or who it wants to take with it…”
    on 1 June 2013 at 8:55 am

    I totally agree that the SDLP have been languishing in a comfort zone. I am also glad and relieved that they are, at last, being put under real pressure. In the longer term, this can only be good for Northern Ireland politics.

    The SDLP, if it has any sense, should use this crisis to re-define itself and start acting like a proper political party.

    If I was their party leader, I would be hitting hard at Sinn Fein’s ambivalence over abortion. As it happens, I believe that abortion is Sinn Fein’s achiles heal to a much greater extent than SPAD is to the SDLP

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  4. Comment on Gerry Adams (and Sammy Wilson) putting on a Poor Mouth over £4 Billion of ‘elusive’ cuts?
    on 19 May 2013 at 8:32 am

    It is no secret that Sinn Fein politicians frequently make false statements of fact in public which they know to be untrue. Political dishonesty is not, of course, unique to Sinn Fein. Remember the “sexed up” dossier and the 45 minute claim relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction before the Iraq war later spun out as misinterpretation by the intelligence services?

    The difference, of course, is that provable lies made by politicians in Northern Ireland never seem to undermine their political support.

    So here is my advice to Sinn Fein. Martin can continue to tell porkies at Stormont but tell Gerry to keep his trap shut when he attends the Dail.

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  5. Comment on PSNI responsible for “persecution of the Protestant people” – DUP
    on 6 May 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I just looked at that video clip.

    It is very hard to avoid a conclusion that this is one of the most repulsive politicians that I have ever listened to. She is the unacceptable face of unionism.

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  6. Comment on Open thread for the holiday weekend (usual rules doubly apply)…
    on 4 May 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Generally, I would like to see a much greater representation of science – with the exception of astronomy which is excellent – and sport on Slugger.

    You have tabs for Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. It therefore beggars belief that a news item which is of great common interest to all of the constituent parts of the British Isles should disappear under the radar. I am referring, of course, to Warren Gatland’s selection of the players for the Rugby Union Lions tour of Australia. There are a number of controversial strands to the selection. I refer to a couple of them here.

    Gatland has selected Sam Warburton as the Captain. Is he the right man for the job?

    I am not convinced. His record as Captain of Wales is not particularly good. He seems to be a much better player when he is not captain as we saw in the most recent six nations match between England and Wales. In the tour of Australia last year, his Wales team failed to beat Australia. His rival for captain, Chris Robshaw, who was a front runner until that match, did captain a side which beat New Zealand with a less experienced, less capable, team than Wales.

    I am sure others would like to contribute to that debate

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  7. Comment on Presbyterian Church Punishes Ford for Marriage Equality Vote
    on 25 April 2013 at 9:33 am

    This is utterly appalling. It reminds me of when Lord McKay, as Lord Chancellor was disciplined by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland for attending the funeral of a Catholic Judge.

    I am not sure if the Presbyterian officials have thought this through properly. I can not believe that all Presbyterians hold a similar viewpoint. Like members of any religion, there will be a libertarian wing whilst others who are sympathetic to the traditional viewpoint will be appalled that the Church has used its power in this way to exert political influence. I imagine this will generate huge heat within the Presbyterian Church.

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  8. Comment on #Thatcher: Ten Children Dead
    on 17 April 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Much ink has been spilt over things that happened during the time of the troubles, particularly on this website. But is there anybody who has said that Ted Heath was responsible for the Bloody Sunday killings?

    Perhaps there are a few but I have not heard it.
    There is something about Margaret Thatcher that brings out the bile from people and I suspect that it has filtered into the thought process behind the decision to write the headline of this post immediately after her death.

    If you want to say that the killings are the responsibility of the State, that is fairer comment and less likely to lead to ridiculous diversions and side issues. I don’t actually have the knowledge to comment on the individual cases referred to but remain open-minded.

    As to the conduct of security forces, I totally agree with Malcolm Redfellow. There were some bad incidents. Some of them were mistakes. Others were mischievous and carried out by a few rotten eggs in the basket. Those incidents should be the responsibility of the authorities and the victims of such incidents their families should be compensated

    Unfortunately, such incidents are used time and again to demonise and re-inforce prejudice. Let it be said that during the troubles, overwhelmingly, the conduct of the security forces was carried out professionally and in the best interest of protecting people in Northern Ireland.

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  9. Comment on Sir Stirling Moss: Cretin
    on 16 April 2013 at 3:58 pm

    “Before Lewis Hamilton would you have applied that logic to the lack of black drivers”

    I don’t think that comment is particularly fair. I do not profess to be an expert on human brain wiring but I have read a couple of books on the subject. One of them was by Alan and Barbara Pease called – ‘Why men don’t listen and why women can’t read maps’

    It is said that men in general have better visual spatial ability than women. That is a particularly important ability in motor racing. Strength is unlikely to be an issue. Those same scientists also say women have a greater ability than men when it comes to communication.

    If anybody has doubts about that point, they should ask why men are generally better than women at sports where strength is not particularly important (e.g. snooker and darts) and why girls do so much better than boys at languages in the schools.

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