Charter debate: more questions than answers

The e-debate has been slow to start, but there’s been some interesting questions that have arisen out of the first few days of discussion. Here’s a short outline of some of the main points so far. Colin Harvey will have more questions tomorrow.The discussion so far has raised more questions than answers. The primary one being whether we really need an all island charter when, in theory at least, the European Convention on Human Rights already covers both parts of … Read more

Busy Glenn?

Glenn Reynolds, of the US political blog Instapundit.com, is now moonlighting as a columnist at Guardian Unlimited – seemingly for the duration of the US Presidential campaign. How does he find time to be a law professor as well? Pete Baker

NUJ concern on anniverary of journalist’s murder

Tuesday, 28th September, was the third anniversary of the murder of Martin O’Hagan, the Sunday World journalist and father of three who was shot yards from his Lurgan home by gunmen in a passing car. The Guardian Media section has a report on the NUJ’s concern at the failure of the authorities to bring those responsible to justice. Pete Baker

Where’s that bandwagon?

Call me cynical if you like, but Sinn Féin’s latest move is perhaps the most distasteful example of using someone else’s grief for self-publicity that I’ve seen for some time.At a fundemental level what’s at work here, in my opinion, is this – Gerry Adams continues to see himself as being of the same political standing as the Irish Taoiseach or the British Prime Minister (or indeed the democratically elected leader of any country). Far from his intended aim of … Read more

Church to blame for breakdown of families?

When I met Eammon McCann for the first time at Leviathan last week I discovered, much to mine and the audience’s surprise, that he retains a deep and abiding interest in Ancient Greek and the Cannon Law of the Catholic Church – even if there’s little affection for the latter. This week he argues that the Catholic church has had a more corrosive effect on family life than the current target of the Christian right in the US, the sex … Read more

Adams calls for end to negotiations?

Apparently Gerry Adams wants the British to impose a solution, on the DUP. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

It hasn’t really happened yet, honest..

Wire writers are amongst the best and most scrupulous in the business, but sometimes the temptation to bend deadlines is just too, too much! Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

DUP says prepare for change…

Interesting statement just issued by Gregory Campbell, in which he tells Sinn Fein and the SDLP to prepare for change. It’s primarily noteable as a nicely weighted inversion of an earlier nationalist narrative that Unionists were naturally averse to change? Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Bland is better than sloppy history?

Steven King takes Warwick University academic Alison Kitson to task for some little local inaccuracies. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

DUP want governments to bolt decomm down

The DUP delegation is off to Dublin this morning to meet the Ahern boys, Bertie and the new broom at the DFA, Dermot. The main theme for the meeting from a DUP perspective is to find out how secure the decommissioning deal is likely to be. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the … Read more

Keeping politics going in government

As Labour meets in Brighton for its annual party conference, Tom Kelly’s been considering the difficulty in keeping the new Labour project moving, whilst staying in government. He also makes an interesting comparison between Labour and the trade union movement on one hand, and the UUP and the Orange Order on the other.By Tom Kelly As Labour delegates gather in Brighton, it would seem that the burden of office is becoming too much for some of them. Somehow they have … Read more

The strange scarcity of post modernists

What really gets Marc Mulholland’s wick is… Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

‘Scoop’ den lá ag Lá féin

Agus David Trimble ag caitheamh am lena cairde saibhir i Meirica. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

A letter from Dev…

Nice personal link to Dev, the Irish Press, the tensions that led to the formation of the PDs and the current (female) editor of the Irish Times. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Where's that bandwagon?

Call me cynical if you like, but Sinn F adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, … Read more

NUJ concern on anniverary of journalist's murder

Tuesday, 28th September, was the third anniversary of the murder of Martin O’Hagan, the Sunday World journalist and father of three who was shot yards from his Lurgan home by gunmen in a passing car. The Guardian Media section has a report on the NUJ’s concern at the failure of the authorities to bring those responsible to justice. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You … Read more

Keeping politics going in government

As Labour meets in Brighton for its annual party conference, Tom Kelly’s been considering the difficulty in keeping the new Labour project moving, whilst staying in government. He also makes an interesting comparison between Labour and the trade union movement on one hand, and the UUP and the Orange Order on the other. By Tom Kelly As Labour delegates gather in Brighton, it would seem that the burden of office is becoming too much for some of them. Somehow they … Read more

It hasn't really happened yet, honest..

Wire writers are amongst the best and most scrupulous in the business, but sometimes the temptation to bend deadlines is just too, too much! adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link … Read more

Glenn Reynolds, a closet liberal?

I’ve long had a suspicion that Neo Con is simply code for Kennedy Democrats frustrated with the slowness of social revolution. It doesn’t exactly prove the premise, but now Glenn’s gone over to the dark (ie: liberal, Guardian-reading) side, I’m tempted to believe it! There’s a great story buried here, for those with the patience to pursue it! adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You … Read more