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Platform for Change (4¾), requiescat in pace

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Platform for Change launched in February 2010 to push “a positive political agenda which does not endlessly replay arguments linked to Northern Ireland’s ‘troubles’”. It wanted politics and politicians to serve the entire community and not to stymie progress and development. … the politics of recent years has too often looked backwards rather than forwards, more…

Platform for Change panel of politicians fails to inspire about how to overcome political inertia

Platform for Change panel - empty chairs

Platform for Change’s latest – and perhaps last – panel event was hosted last night by Mark Carruthers in the Crescent Arts Centre. Around 40 people attended the session with its bizarrely worded title: Political Inertia to a Flourishing Society – How? The six panellists from centre-ground parties made four minute opening statements before the more…

Political inertia to a flourishing society HOW?

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Just had this einvite pdf to a platform for change event in a couple of weeks. Good question even if the natural response is “well, if I was going to start, I wouldn’t start from here. Here being where a senior DUP MP’s off colour joke about the Irish Language in the Assembly (on which more…

Political morality, power, education … believing you are right or being open to debate? #p4cmorals + What’s Platform for Change’s purpose?

part 3 p4cmorals Q and A

Platform for Change’s look at political morality suffered from wet weather, a low turnout, an imbalanced panel and a topic that the room tended to engage with in a relatively passionless way. Robin Wilson chaired the evening, peppering the panellists’ contributions with quotations and observations. I’ve noted my sense of what I heard in the more…

“Morals in politics and political morality” Platform for Change discussion (Mon 24 Feb at 7.30pm in Dukes) #p4cmorals

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‘Moral’ issues continue to provoke not just debate but political controversy in Northern Ireland. Most recently it was the “furore” over the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s version of the Bible in Newtownabbey. But there are many other examples including the establishment of the Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast and the availability of abortion; the continued lifetime more…

A spirited discussion about the issues on the Haass agenda

P4C Haass audience

One of the recurring themes of tonight’s Haass/O’Sullivan panel discussion is that we often ask the wrong questions. Ask not if there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but why there’s no tunnel! It was the third panel event that Platform for Change have hosted this year. Trevor Ringland chaired (opening with a quote more…

Platform for Change debating Haass/O’Sullivan agenda (Mon 25 Nov); East Belfast Speaks Out (Wed 27 Nov)

East Belfast Speaks Out Nov 2013 poster

The last week of November is shaping up to be a week of political hustings and community discussions. Looking towards the final stages of the Haass/O’Sullivan talks, Platform for Change are hosting a panel discussion in Dukes at Queens (aka, Dukes Hotel) on Monday 25 November from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Previous events this year have more…

Flags – Can we now have a sensible debate?

Platform for Change flags audience

Last night at Platform for Change‘s Flags – Can we now have a sensible conversation? event, 120 or more people crammed into a room in the Holiday Inn to hear from nine local political representatives and to pose their questions. The two hour event, chaired by Robin Wilson, started with each panellist being given the more…

Another cross community event at a GAA club

I noted the event at Pomeroy GAA club to remember IRA terrorist Seamus Woods previously and Quincey has an analysis of the GAA below. The DUP Chair of the Assembly’s Culture, Arts & Leisure Committee Michelle McIlveen has now entered the debate. From the DUP website: It is simply not credible for the GAA to more…

Eames Bradley: if it is coming back; time to fight it again

When I went trekking in Africa one summer with my sister I remember meeting a game warden with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the Masai Mara. I enquired whether it was to stop poachers. He said no it was really for crocodiles and explained that if one tries to attack you the only solution is more…

Forget about platforms. Why not just do it?

Eamonn McCann thinks talking about change will have limited appeal unless it comes with a proposal for material change that people will be motivated to vote for: History teaches that the only occasions when sizable numbers of Protestants and Catholics have detached themselves from communal allegiance to make common cause have been occasions when they more…