Prosperous Northern Ireland…

Spectator regular Leo McKinstry finds it easier to relax in Belfast when he comes home for the odd visit than he does in “the crime-ridden, congestion-filled, downtrodden, overpriced, overtaxed, self-loathing bleakness of New Labour’s modern England for a more self-confident, attractive, prosperous part of the British Isles”.

He also believes that Unionists up to now have been wilfully ignoring the advantages that the Belfast Agreement brought them:

“If they examined the peace process with objectivity rather than through the prism of perpetual grievance, they would recognise that they have won almost everything they want. Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom as long as the majority wishes it and the border remains intact. The pillar boxes are still painted red; the Queen’s head is still on Ulster stamps. In reality, it is the Republican movement that has given up its most cherished goals”.

  • Davros

    That wonderful risotto is symbolic of the renaissance.

    Cliché or what ?

    McKinstry seems to have a problem with his roots 🙂
    Self-loathing. Still, the cartoon was wonderful!

  • Fraggle

    I can’t get to the article because subs are needed.

    The writer must live in one of england’s worst armpits if belfast seems “a more self-confident, attractive, prosperous part”. Prosperous compared to where? a welsh coal-mining village? i suppose belfast is has a few grand or interesting buildings which would make the place attractive were it not for the widespread dereliction and the litter problem. Overtaxed? The taxes here are the same with the exception of council tax! Maybe he means that england is overtaxed because they earn a lot more there and subsequently pay more tax per person.

  • Davros

    Fraggle – I’ll e mail 🙂

  • Fraggle

    thanks

  • Mick Fealty

    It should only be registration you need.

  • Fraggle

    easier to get it from davros 😉

  • slackjaw

    Could you do the needful here as well, please Dav?

    I used to listen to Radio 5 Live when I lived in England. Leo McKinstry used to guest regularly on its phone-ins in the morning (and for all I know he still does). I used to find it hard to believe that we came from the same place. Whenever he came on, I knew it was time for me to get out of bed and do something.

  • Davros

    On it’s way Fraggle.

  • Fraggle

    He has a point about the GF but NI’s place in the UK will never be secure from now on. It will take the hold grail of the 50%+1. While that dangles like a carrot in front of nationalists, we won’t engage fully with the UK.

    A fairer solution all round would have been shared sovereignty.

  • Will

    didnt know he done the afternoon show slackjaw! 😉

  • Young Fogey

    Sitting in a south Belfast restaurant on a crisp autumn afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I said to my wife, ‘You know, I don’t think I have tasted such a good risotto since we ate in that little café in Paris, just off the Champs-Elysées.’

    This sentence was just made to be mocked.

  • Dec

    I wasn’t aware ‘Spudz’ served Risotto

  • Young Fogey

    If he eats just off the Champs Elysees when he’s in Paris he’s the sort of eejit who likes being overcharged as well. Then again, if he eats in South Belfast…

  • armaghman

    Who is he writing for? THe Ulster Tatler?

    I can’t wait for the Portadown News slant on it

  • slackjaw

    Cheers for that Davros

    ‘My wife nodded in enthusiastic agreement.’

    That’s my favourite sentence.

    Will

    Do you know me by any chance? 😉

    It was either get up when he came on or eventually be driven out of my bed by the effects of the previous night’s kebab!

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “Sitting in a south Belfast restaurant on a crisp autumn afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I said to my wife, ‘You know, I don’t think I have tasted such a good risotto since we ate in that little café in Paris, just off the Champs-Elysées.’”

    Reminds me of the time I saw a guy urinating into the Lagan at Annadale embankment while his mates were necking the flagons of cider, reminded me of the Trevi Fountain.

  • Davros

    I wonder if Mr McKinstry will come back on the comments 😉