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“Why can’t Great Britain look Northern Ireland in the eye?”

Fri 25 January 2013, 11:15am

Tweet That’s the question Emer O’Toole asks in her Guardian Comment is Free article today. She reckons that “the media have been strangely reluctant to cover eight weeks of intense rioting in Belfast, yet this is a major UK event”. Great Britain’s attitude towards Northern Ireland has been puzzling me lately … There is a […] more »

“Non-conformist republican groups” merge under banner of the “IRA”

Thu 26 July 2012, 10:33pm

Tweet Under the banner of the “IRA”, the Real IRA, Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) as well as smaller groups often referred to as Óglaigh na hÉireann have formed a “unified structure under a single leadership”. They will be “subservient to the constitution of the Irish Republican Army”. Only the Continuity IRA remains outside the […] more »

#EUref: Great editorials are built on great journalism: Ireland’s desperate choice…

Thu 31 May 2012, 12:28pm

Tweet I don’t always see eye to eye with the Guardian newspaper. For one thing, their line between comment and news is often a little too blurred for my tastes [But you run a bloody blog! - Ed] Yes, but, well I’ve come to praise the Grauniad, not to bury it. Those of you who’ve […] more »

What the UK spends stuff on.

Sun 30 October 2011, 6:22am

Tweet Apologies for the delay and thanks to Malcolm Redfellow for the tip. Here’s a great graphic from the Guardian on UK Government spending 10/11. Have a play to find out the easiest way to interpretate. (I bought the paper to get hard copy,,,) Anyway UK debt interest is £44 billion quid a year. For those […] more »

Dis-united Kingdom? Young Unionists debating the issue on Tuesday night

Mon 17 October 2011, 12:05pm
Is Murdo Fraser Right

Tweet As Brian, O’Neill, Mick, Dewi and others have posted, there has been a lot of public debate in recent weeks about the state of the Union. Attention has largely been centred around the strength of Scotland’s links with the rest of its island and whether the Scottish Conservatives should go it alone. The Guardian […] more »

If we know where the NOTW ‘phreaking’ story began, where does it end?

Tue 5 July 2011, 8:00am

Tweet It’s hard to find the right words to describe what Glenn Mulcaire appears to have done in the case of the murdered teenager, Milly Dowler. ‘Phreaking’, we’re told, rather than ‘hacking’ is the correct portmanteau term [*see Comrade Stalin's comment below]. And that word is disturbingly resonant with a News of the World operative not […] more »

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