On hearts and minds tonight…

Hearts and Minds tonight assumes the role of warm-up act to the biggest weekend in Northern Ireland’s politics, or another anti-climax. Not giving much away, we suspect, will be Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin, there’s the latest commercial competition between Belfast and Lisburn, and the return of David Vance in the If you ask me slot.

  • Davros

    anybody want to take a bet that he’ll mention
    1) The Bush Election
    2) Islamo-fascists or Jihadists or both ?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I bet it will be about the imminent DUP ‘sell out’.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Looks like the DUPers got cold feet. Mc Laughlin was unusually adamant about what was up for agreement. If anything it appears the DUpers fig leaf will be very small.

  • David Vance


    We rarely agree but on this I see it EXACTLY as you call it.


    Not a word about Bush or Islamofascists – that’s all copyright ATW!!


    The script is submitted Wednesday 9am and therefore completed on Tuesday! 48 hours is a Loooooooon time in NI politics – the traitor quotient should have been higher!!

  • Davros

    LOL David, well, I’m only sorry you didn’t have to wear a Green Tie 😉

  • cg

    “I’m only sorry you didn’t have to wear a Green Tie ;)”

    Your not happy unless your shit stirring.

  • Davros

    How was that shit stirring cg ?

  • cg

    Every on is always getting at poor david what has he ever done to deserve this LOL

  • Davros

    I’ll hold my hand up to stirring on ATW- I pointed out that he’s the spitting image of Jude Collins 😉

  • cg

    Jesus Christ your at it again
    He won’t like you referring to his resemblance with Jude Collins.
    (Even though he does, but he looks older)

  • Davros

    I don’t think Jude will be too happy with me either 😉

  • Davros

    I thought Mitchel M. stood up well under Noel T’s assault.

  • cg

    Myself and David crossed swords on Lets Talk last year.
    He didn’t like me referring to him as a unionist who rejects everything.

  • Davros

    an interesting description 🙂
    Anyhow, off to bed to dream of murals and graffiti.
    Wouldn’t mind some feedback on the claims on the SF website about the Tourism increases.
    Take care

  • jonty

    the DUPes still seem to be running away

  • David Vance

    Shurely you mean Jude Law?????

  • Fraggle

    I thought he looked a bit like Les Dennis.

  • Davros

    That was cruel Fraggle !

    Nice one David , but No, I mean Jude Collins. Does Andy look like Brian Feeney ? 😉

  • alex s

    As a Lisburn ratepayer the most interesting bit in ‘Hearts & Minds’ was the discussion between Reg Empey and the DUP’s Edwin Poots about the pros and cons of the John Lewis store being located at Sprucefield, Poots was all in favour, however have the DUPs thought it through, what effect will the provision of an additional 460 000 sq ft of retail space at Sprucefield will have on Lisburn’s town centre?

    In 1998 the then Minister for the Regions, Regeneration and Planning, Richard Caborn stated local authorities should take note of recent studies into the effects on out of town retailing and should strive to protect town centres.

    Referring to the studies he stated ”this research firmly establishes that out-of- town superstores can seriously damage the health of towns and district centres ….arguments about clawing back trade and creating jobs simply don’t hold water”,

    Without doubt the proposed development will attract custom, but at what cost, what is the benefit of creating jobs at Sprucefield only to lose them in Lisburn itself, what is the benefit to the ratepayers of Lisburn if their town centre is turned into a ghost town as has happened in England and they are at the mercy of a conglomerate with no long term interest in the City and its ratepayers.

    What’s even more striking is that only a few months ago when our local hockey club was proposing to redevelop a section of Wallace Park Poots and Donaldson were determined to protect the cities parkland while now they seem hell-bent on risking the very future Lisburn’s commercial centre.

    At the very least they should justify their position.