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  1. Comment on #ShinnersList: “I have never heard an explanation as to why Operation Rapid as a term, was never made clear to the board.”
    on 7 March 2014 at 4:37 pm

    That briefing makes for very interesting reading. A person coming new to the whole subject, as I think the unionists on the policing board were, would have taken a very different view of it than the reality. It reads very much like the scheme was part of a PSNI operation to try to apprehend OTRs. In reality it was a scheme called for by Sinn Fein in order to give ‘reassurance’ to OTRs. I have no idea whether it was deliberate but subtle differences in language hide the real intent behind the scheme, which is actually what is causing so much angst now.

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  2. Comment on Former Antrim star Anto Finnegan to bring GAA to the home of Ulster Rugby…
    on 26 November 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Very interesting exchange between Alan and Billy above. For what it’s worth to Billy, I am now a member of the GAA and share some of Alan’s issues with it. I joined primarily because I wanted to play the sport and as a secondary reason because I like the trappings of Irishness that come with it – the focus on community, parish etc. There is a niggle and there is no point pretending there isn’t (though I am not vocal about it): I do not believe in the same 32-county political project that the GAA has rooted itself to. It is not an issue in the day-to-day, and I have never once heard any team-mate or management say anything remotely political in my 3 years of being involved. Some people would say that illustrates a non-issue, but my view is that if the organisation wants the written ethos to reflect the practice on the ground, it would be as well to keep the Irishness but not express it within a unified 32 county political project.

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  3. Comment on Culture Minister faces down IFA over reappointment of Martin…
    on 11 September 2013 at 9:25 pm

    It’s strange that none of the mainstream media have reported what the test actually is. I mean, is it to do with previous convictions, a basic numeracy test, psychometric tests, recite the alphabet, what?

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  4. Comment on Culture Minister faces down IFA over reappointment of Martin…
    on 11 September 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Can anyone tell me what the IFA’s competency test consisted of? It seems shrouded in mystery…

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  5. Comment on See that #fleg in Enniskillen? Well, now you don’t…
    on 7 June 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Mick – have you a link to the history behind the flying of the St George’s flag there?

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  6. Comment on In praise of… Jim Allister
    on 30 May 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Again John, you can’t separate the party from the action. Sinn Fein were the party that tried to do something distasteful, therefore they were the party that was attacked for it.

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  7. Comment on In praise of… Jim Allister
    on 30 May 2013 at 1:58 pm


    I don’t think you can seperate it like that – the reality is that the focus of Allister’s ire is Sinn Fein because they are only party in the position he opposes: unelected terrorists in SPAD roles.

    Allister is also against unrepentant terrorist-linked groups in government. If you gave him the option of excluding both Sinn Fein and John Kyle or excluding neither of them, I would fully expect him to exclude both. Does that answer your question?

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  8. Comment on Paisley, Question Time & Keeping up with the Jones’
    on 28 May 2013 at 1:13 pm


    “…man against boy Paedofilia should be 10 to 20 times less, given a 5 – 10 % Gay population. This could be because they are not linked…”

    You should have stopped there.

    Alternatively produce evidence for the assumption on which it is mis-premised, that male paedophilia victims are over-repressented.

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  9. Comment on Seven years after their last raid, Police came back to Slab Murphy’s farm…
    on 19 March 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Let me get this straight. There is a bogeyman living on the border who everyone has known for years was involved in a massive fuel smuggling operation. The bogeyman knew that everyone knew he was involved in it. And yet he kept lap-tops, computer discs and a large amount of documentation, documenting all his illegal activities in handy bite-sze chunks, at the very place he is very well documentated to have lived at for many documentated years? And huge tanks and chemicals and filters and pipes and all the rest of it.

    Why the arsing feck did he feel so comfortable and invincible for all the years up to 2am the other night?

    I am just an ordinary goon and I can give you this man’s exact address it is so well documentated. I can give you the name of the townland, which sounds like Dickens came up with it. Why was there not a camera in every bird’s nest in every tree on every drumlin and a bug in every lorry that rumbled up his drive? Surely he cannot have been difficult to nail. We’re not talking about chasing Bin Laden in the Tora Bora here, this is catching a rat in a meal bin.

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  10. Comment on All but three islanders vote to keep the Falklands British…
    on 13 March 2013 at 12:53 pm


    Effectively what that would amount to is bowing to a threat of wholly unjustified violence and reaching a fairly grubby compromise. What Galloway overlooks, of course, is that if the referendum was extended to the UK the result would most likely be the same – hence Thatcher enjoyed a huge boon in popularity for protecting the islands in 1982.

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