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Secular Humanist. Voted for Barak O'Bama (twice) and proud of it. GW Bush was an idiot.

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  1. Comment on Sinn Fein rise 5% in Red C sets them up for a surge in southern Local Elections…
    on 31 March 2014 at 3:06 pm

    That’s phoney war stuff.

    The real and pressing issue is May and these southern locals. If SF make a decisive step forward, FF will need all hands to the southern deck for some time to come.

    I agree entirely.

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  2. Comment on Sinn Fein rise 5% in Red C sets them up for a surge in southern Local Elections…
    on 31 March 2014 at 5:58 am

    Mick, thanks for the response.
    I would expect FF to be soundly beaten by SF in the North should FF ever stand in elections there.

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  3. Comment on Sinn Fein rise 5% in Red C sets them up for a surge in southern Local Elections…
    on 31 March 2014 at 4:53 am

    Mick IMHO you got the Sherdy red card all wrong. Take a look at the replay, he definitely played the ball first. It was a fair tackle.

    Expressing my own view, I am weary of the Adams witch-hunt from whatever quarter. He’s certainly not perfect, but he is an architect of the peace we have. He has brought northern republicans into the middle ground, helped develop a national political strategy and under his leadership SF have gone from strength to strength.

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  4. Comment on Uno Duce, Una Voce-NI21 and the Basil Show
    on 9 March 2014 at 4:22 pm

    It was not an “Alliance engineered event”. This vote had been coming down the tracks tor a few years, the DUP were well aware it was coming. It was political opportunism on the part of the DUP. It was the DUP who sent out 40,000 flyers, it was the DUP who called out the thugs onto the streets to attack police officers and the offices of political opponents.
    This DUP engineered event was all about stopping the growth of the Alliance party, especially in East Belfast. I hope it has backfired on the DUP and Alliance retain their seats.

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  5. Comment on Whatever you do, don’t stand out from the crowd.
    on 15 February 2014 at 3:56 am

    Well there goes the SDLP’s hopes of retaining a second council seat in the Balmoral ward.

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  6. Comment on Cartoon – Hanging by a thread
    on 12 February 2014 at 2:23 am

    Good point re SF and their lack of enthusiasm for pro-European policies. I was thinking more of the 26 county Nationalists (FF, FG, Labour etc) who were very enthusiastic members of the EU for some time.

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  7. Comment on Cartoon – Hanging by a thread
    on 11 February 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Is that the case though Charles?
    From an Irish nationalist perspective they would also believe in “a single larger country”, after all 32 counties are larger than 26. The Irish Nationalists also seem quite comfortable with a European Union, therefore they are not against “larger” social, political and economic unions as a matter of principal.

    Indeed it seems the British conservatives are arguing for Union with Scotland but not with Europe. That is inconsistent. As is the DUP / UUP position of pro-partition in Ireland but against partition for Scotland?

    BTW, I believe Adams said it was a matter for the Scottish people. He obviously remains steadfastly against partition in Ireland.

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  8. Comment on Paisley’s religious legacy
    on 27 January 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Paisley is an opportunistic, egocentric, intolerant, bigot and religion is a fairy tale. Everything else is waffle. “Rated theologian” …doubt that and care less.
    All the recent TV bluster from Paisley is just weaken Robinson and promote Jr.
    Paisley is still a bitter twisted individual. His recent rantings are politically motivated, not religiously motivated. O’Mallie stroked Paisleys huge ego and Paisley used the platform to spit forth bile at someone. No surprise there !!! He is an abomination.

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  9. Comment on Haass had basic flaws. It’s time for the two governments to step up to the plate
    on 1 January 2014 at 4:56 am

    I have to agree with the last 3 comments from Sherdy, Raymond’s Back and David Crookes. Spot on folks.

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