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  1. Comment on “A Northern Irish identity is the beating heart of a shared future.”
    on 23 January 2013 at 2:19 pm

    APNI comes closest to the notion of a shared community yet it can only attract a fraction of the votes

    I think that shows how undeveloped any of the current incumbents’ strategies are rather than any strength in AP policies. Two more searing AP weaknesses:

    - inability to deliver message of compromise as anything other than a shot at their electoral adversaries in unionist areas

    - the inability of AP to move a tiny voterbase beyond largely a single identity demographic.

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  2. Comment on Orangeman`s take on call for a border poll
    on 23 January 2013 at 1:10 am

    Politics isn’t just a computer comment game.

    The answer to my own question, would an era of referendum politics (necessary to settle the details) produce constructive or creative politics is surely in the negative.

    I’d just like to put on record that despite coming up with his own computer comment in the space of a sentence by replying to his own question, this is the first time I’ve ever agreed with Brian Walker on anything.

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  3. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 11 January 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Even so, I am amazed at how much fire and brimstone the commenters here manage to carry around.

    Time will tell.

    The self-declared ‘middle ground’ has a lot of explaining to do once the dust from the stones settles. But we’ll still hear their Pravda telling us what we should be thinking.

    What you call “the various unionist parties, the self-referential social media outlets, and the Troubles-touring mainstream media” don’t really care about that deprivation.

    True, but that was my point.

    And similarly I’m not sure they totally get the bemused unionist onlooker seeing on the one hand a party like the UUP throw it’s lot in with the protesters (regardless of whatever snivelling withdrawal they do later) while on the other we have our regional tabloid daily telling us to put an x beside the party that brought all this about at the next election.

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  4. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 11 January 2013 at 4:22 pm

    *advice that taking down a flag wasn’t going to result in better community relations…

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  5. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 11 January 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Not everyone enjoys paying protection money and contributing to spontaneous, unauthenticated, and unreceipted ‘band collections’

    You assume the alternative is to follow the savvy political heavyweights that decided against advice that taking down a flag was going to result in better community relations.

    There seems to be the implication from many that there’s two choices here – side with Alliance or side with the rioters.

    That is far from the case for the unionist-voting public. I suspect come the next election the voice of Chamber of Commerce president Joe Jordan will be the one ringing in people’s ears.

    Whether the various unionist parties, the self-referential social media outlets, and the Troubles-touring mainstream media realise that is another matter.

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  6. Comment on BBC DG dies who was brought down over Martin McGuinness and ” the oxygen of publicity”
    on 11 January 2013 at 12:01 am

    two opposing Derry militants ( the other being the DUP’s Gregory Campbell who owned a licensed personal protection weapon)

    Stopped reading here.

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  7. Comment on [Corrected] over half of southerners think restriction of Union flag in Belfast was wrong…
    on 10 January 2013 at 11:54 pm

    The poll was very badly put…

    I agree with sk, this is much better for nationalism that southerners show support for unionists in this matter as a demonstration they have nothing to fear from a UI.

    And last but not least, the insightful view from Connaught…

    What you’re seeing in Belfast is merely a gang of working class Protestants who have been reared on naked sectarianism and a supremacist colonial psychology

    These three posts where the highlights for me.

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  8. Comment on The First Shades of God (Jamie Bryson): unremarkable theology, but an insight into the mind of the protest-organiser
    on 10 January 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Three cheers for the BelTel’s attempt to show what the chief trouble is with East Belfast.

    The more likely result of that little rag’s cannibalisation of it’s own readership is a percentage of the local newspaper market share more akin to that of Alliance’s share of the votes

    …in Newry & Mourne.

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