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  1. Comment on A tale of two wars (well two divergent accounts of the same war)…
    on 17 April 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Oh whatever do unionists think drove thousands of catholics to armed insurrection? Often the easy choice is to do nothing in the face of injustice. I’ve more respect for a man that stands up for his family or community than I have for some kid that goes to a distant country and shoots the locals on the behest of a politician. The argument of whether it was a just war is mute. The cause still hasn’t been addressed and noting the audience Ms Villiers didn’t address the fuel religious institutions lent to the fire. In fact some churches here still demonise the rest of us. In the past year in work I’ve been told that I’m going to hell because I don’t have the same interpretation of a man-written, transcribed and translated book. I can understand people wanting to feel special and have their own wee club but when the troubles are addressed, their part of the responsibility needs to be set out.

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  2. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 16 April 2014 at 12:03 am

    It’s got nothing to do with Catholic or Protestant. Faith schools worldwide do better, girls do better than boys and academic selection leaves the unselected to rot. Get rid of academic selection and stop being such arses just because SF championed it. Faith school effect is a harder one and just magnified here because of the tribal school system. There are a lot of atheist kids doing well in Catholic schools. It’s probably the effect on the teachers rather than the kids. So the first problem to fix is not Protestant kids, the problem is working class Protestant parents voting for arseholes that want to keep academic selection.

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  3. Comment on What makes a good local Councillor?
    on 15 April 2014 at 9:57 pm

    What I don’t want is a £1500 yearly bill to get my bins lifted. A lot of the tasks would be more cost effective at a provincial level. Might help to take the corruption, perceived or otherwise out of planning.

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  4. Comment on “That’s the only way I can put,” he said “they sleep with the victims.”
    on 14 April 2014 at 9:00 pm

    An early lesson for me was that Shylock was bad for society. Victims don’t get justice day and daily in the courts. So many putting fine prose around what they surely know they can’t deliver. Every one deserves justice but are they going to get it? Most likely no and to raise their hopes needlessly is immoral, especially so if you do for political gain.

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  5. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 14 April 2014 at 8:27 pm

    The easy thing is just to put the shoe on the other foot and ban anything overtly British. Union jack mugs, phone covers, dresses also karrimore and soggy vegetables. Then you can see how stupid it is to ban something for being Irish as it is to ban anything British. End of.

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  6. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 1:32 am

    Oh mr x, we are not all the same, an easy lazy statement. Soccer fans and rugby fans are v different. Soccer fans can’t hold their drink for a start.

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  7. Comment on Michael D and the Queen are just “what you need on occasions like this…”
    on 12 April 2014 at 1:23 am

    The history of the Irish in London has a sad line in folks who worked hard, in sometimes toxic environments, typically smoked and drank hard and sent a lot of earnings back home. They now pay with ill health and often poverty in retirement. A big sacrifice on their part which the Irish at home should appreciate.
    The bit I have a problem with is the don’t mention the war. The English should be reminded that they aren’t good neighbours. It’s cowardly not to. That Irish getalongerist trait, which I understand though our history is peppered with hoodwinks. If you have any sense, you wouldn’t show generosity in a fit if negotiating with the English. Some would see this as an exit strategy but it’s likely the typical exercise in containment.

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  8. Comment on Row over GAA tops at University of Ulster
    on 12 April 2014 at 12:52 am

    Sport in Ireland is dominated by volunteers, especially at a junior level. Good souls that give their time to benefit our society. I wish the politicians had half of their community spirit. My kids have benefited from playing hurling and gaelic, also from soccer and rugby for that matter. I get very angry at any demonization of their efforts. GAA is a sporting organisation, that promotes games that are indigenous to this island. It’s as Irish as you can get. If you hate everything Irish then you’ll find a reason to hate the GAA.
    That’s your problem.
    The other side of this argument is the IRA names from GAA clubs that are from areas that played their part in the troubles. It’s a tiny part that is used to justify the plank in the eyes. But it is there.
    Sometimes here we have the moral reich that rails against anything unpure, like our makeovers for women prisons. Life isn’t that simple. Anyone who has been to areas that bore the brunt of the troubles can appreciate that.
    As a society we have to stand up to the liberal arses that just want a dull homogenous gloup and displace those that are different and we also have to stand up to those that hate no matter how carefully they choose their words. Years ago a group of masked men would have turned up in UUJ. Times have changed for the better. Lets stand up to the last remnants. Wear your rangers top or your gaa top. It’s their problem.

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  9. Comment on John Barry: “We need legislators, not negotiators…”
    on 9 April 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Politicians promote themselves as negotiator’s and rarely mention their legislative CV. Not all the electorates fault. You’ll note John doesn’t mention his legal skills nor his understanding of planning or refuse. Why would a thinker be scary to anyone either?

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