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  1. Comment on DUP outflanks UUP on #Haass
    on 7 January 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Has Mike Nesbitt been taking lessons from David Moyes in promising great things but delivering next to nothing. So much for the great leap forward under his ‘leadership’.

    The Unionist Party managed to get the Orange Order off its back [sort of] in 2005 but now it looks like it has turned full circle with the Order leading it by the nose.

    Sectarianism wins the day – again – to no-one’s great surprise.

    The DUP had the luxury of waiting until after the UUP response before giving us the benefit of its collective intellect, so it was not too difficult for it to ‘outfox’ its rivals.

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  2. Comment on Haass Round Table talks pushed back until later this evening…
    on 24 December 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The Haass farce has only tinkered round the edges of the underlying cancer in our society – sectarianism. Our daily life is poisoned by the ingrained segregation in housing, education, press, sport, cultural activities, religion and politics. It is no surprise that mainly sectarian politicians cannot reach agreement on the things that keep them locked into their parties.

    The fault lies with the electorate who continually vote for narrow-minded dinosaurs who have no interest in progress since they are being paid handsomely to continue supporting divisiveness. Don’t blame the politicians – few of them have any more vision that the neanderthals who believe that a piece of coloured cloth is the Holy Grail.

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  3. Comment on Richard Haass asks NI politicians that immortal question: “Do you have a flag?”
    on 3 December 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Simplest solution – no flag.
    I have never seen or heard any good reason to fly a flag on a public building, at a sports event or anywhere else.
    And, by the way, St. Patrick did not have a flag.

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  4. Comment on Haass Talks: “Some of the truths which our members might reveal….”
    on 19 November 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Simplified version of NIRPOA submission:

    1st paragraph above:
    The only people qualified to investigate wrong-doing by police are police officers

    2nd para.
    We don’t want a truth commission because we have too many skeletons in our cupboards

    3rd para.
    See contribution of gendjinn at 4.12 above

    4th para.
    We won’t mention the obstacles put in the way of Stevens, or the missing documents, etc.

    5th para.
    As for 1st paragraph summary

    6th para.
    Unfortunately we have to rely on memory since so much evidence has [conveniently] disappeared.

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  5. Comment on BBC Spotlight on how the peace process continues to cover for the ‘bad’ UVF
    on 30 October 2013 at 3:10 pm

    To return to the original issue – surely the local residents of loyalist ghettos must either fully support their paramilitary ‘masters’ or they must get together to remove their influence.

    In a supposedly civilised western country, how can anyone concur with the glorification of violence as exemplified by the flags, murals, memorials, plaques, etc on the Lower Newtownards Road.

    These things are an affront to ordinary decency, never mind Christian values.

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  6. Comment on With all this regressive hyperbole about NI’s past, is it time for a new sustainable narrative?
    on 28 October 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Today is ‘Chocolate Day’ in the USA where they have a ‘special’ celebration for nearly every day of the year. It looks like we are heading the same way with some atrocity from the past being commemorated by one side or the other. Is this a ‘catch-up’ service on the Troubles for those who missed them the first time round?

    While we must sympathise with those who lost close relations, we also have to realise that all this commemorating is doing nothing to bring divided people together. As others have said, national identity is an accident of birth and is meaningless unless you want it to show that you are a different human being from your neighbour.

    We do not need a peace centre, we just need peace and we need people to put divisiveness behind them and appreciate the good things in life.

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  7. Comment on NI21 call for ministers to pledge a flag commitment & for councils to regulate. But flags aren’t the only issue?
    on 15 September 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I don’t see any good reason for showing respect to a flag, which to me is a piece of coloured cloth and nothing more.

    Flags are used in N. Ireland by those with a narrow-minded nationalist view of the world.

    They may get some sort of kick out of annoying others with their flag-waving but I feel sorry for those who are stuck in this situation and are blind to the many positive aspects of life in this part of the world.

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  8. Comment on UPDATE-Conall McDevitt leaves a huge void for the SDLP to fill…
    on 5 September 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Alias at 11.20am – “ think sectarian mass murderers and shameless bigots are fit and proper people to govern you..”

    Of course we do. That’s why we keep voting for them at every election. We love our wee sectarian province/country/statelet here.

    And the disease is spreading! There’s a good chance you might have a few of them in your next coalition down there. What will the “cute hoors” think of that?

    As for McD, it didn’t look like much pushing was needed for him to skedaddle. Which suggests there is more dirt to uncover or that he has a better position lined up elsewhere or both.

    It is very difficult to take at face value any statement from a former spin-doctor or former politician, no matter how upset he/she seems.

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  9. Comment on NI’s new political establishment continues to drift from meaningful engagement with the wider citizenry…
    on 19 August 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The N.I. Assembly must be one of the most unproductive and inefficient bodies since the days of collective farming or 1970s British car factories.

    Who’s to blame?

    The voters who continually elect incompetent, sectarian politicians and who will go to the polls in a couple of years time and do what?

    Blindly and stupidly vote again for the same bunch of failures.

    Maze/LongKesh should be bulldozed and landscaped into a national park cun nature reserve so that our shameful history can be forgotten.

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  10. Comment on Can the Churches Provide a Vision? Prof John Brewer on Religion, Conflict & Peace
    on 9 August 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Turgon: “… the churches consistently condemned violence and criminality”.

    That is not my memory of the situation during the worst of the troubles. There certainly was denounciation of violence from church leaders – usually when someone leant on them to make a statement; consistent it was not.

    Absence of such condemnation was often noticeable at a local level and at national level it often was one-sided [as it still is in many cases].

    Church leaders have given very little guidance to the law-breakers in relation to the flag protests and Orange parades while I seem to have missed any comment about Castlederg from churchmen/women.

    John Brennan omitted from his list of peacemakers [probably deliberately] Tomas O’Fee. Under his ‘leadership’ there was no reason for his ‘underlings’ to condemn violent actions which he himself ignored.

    How can sectarian religious bodies provide a vision for the future any more than sectarian political parties work together for the benefit of everyone?

    Most N.I. people show they are not ready for change as they vote repeatedly for discredited politicians and give their support [and money] to narrow-minded clerics.

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