Tough call for Kelly…

LET’S Talk is on BBC1 Northern Ireland at 10.35pm this evening. It should be worth watching, as Sinn Fein policing and justice spokesman Gerry Kelly will be on the panel. Also commenting will be Belfast Telegraph columnist, the recently-married UUP adviser Steven King; Eamon O Cuiv from the Irish cabinet; republican and rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey and Alliance MLA Naomi Long.

  • fair_deal

    So the Let’s talk panel has two republican/nationalists, one unionist and one other. BBC Balance strikes again

  • Jacko

    It’ll be interesting to see how the baul Gerry fairs.

  • Keith M

    fair-deal, don’t forget “Young Dev”. It’s one unionist (and heaven help us that’s Stephen King) out of five.

  • aquifer

    So Onionists want to whine about disrimination- Enjoy. Why don’t they check the religion of every BBC national contributor and impress their London friends even more. Simply not British at all.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Just heard that it’s unlikely to be discussed in any detail for legal reasons.

  • fair_deal

    Keith M

    I realised my error when the programme started (I’d actually overlooked Bernadette not Young Dev). Kelly has been withdrawn and replaced by Maskey.

    Aquifier

    1. Thank you for showing that the republican commitment to equality is not existant.

    “Why don’t they check the religion of every BBC national contributor and impress their London friends even more.”

    1. I never mentioned religion it was about political bias
    2. This is nothing to do with national contributors this is a locally produced programme.
    3. I don’t care what religion national contributors on the BBC are.

  • spirit-level

    can someone help me pls
    I’ve tuned into the Let’s talk and its all about drink driving? am I on the wrong site??

  • Belfast Gonzo

    It will probably be on the site later. Give the BBC a chance!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Oh look, Slugger regular Michael Shilliday asked a question about immigration.

    Spirit Level

    That was the previous episode.

  • spirit-level

    Belfast Gonzo
    ahh sure I’ll catch it in the mornin
    have to content meself
    with a bit o the ol schnooker.
    Thanks (hic)
    enuf of this sligeach whisht

  • Henry94

    Bernadette McAliskey was outstanding. She floored King on the immigration question.

  • aquifer

    Sorry fair_deal, I though it was the UUP whining its not fair again. I hate paying people to have them whine all the time. It suggests to me that they are ineffectual politicians with flawed or contradictory policies that are destined to fail. i.e. They cannot take much responsibility, not even for their own party structures, and try to deflect criticism by blaming others.

  • Davros

    It was an excellent program. They all did well.
    Worst performer ? Naomi but only in the sense that she was the least polished.

  • Henry94

    Young Dev is an interesting chap isn’t he.

  • Davros

    He came across well Henry. What was the badge on his lapel ? The show was a credit to them all – even with some difficult issues they all kept their sense of humour.

    The dynastic system in the ROI – will it last much longer ?

  • Davros

    Bernadette McAliskey was outstanding. She floored King on the immigration question.

    She was a bit for off the mark in her population figures! Here’s hoping she gets some more air-time.
    I loved her for the perspective on Belfast.

  • Jacko

    I thought O Cuiv was good, a nice guy too. He used to be the spit of the granfather not quite as much now with the bit of weight but still hard to not recognise the family resemblance. Bernadette was great on the Belfast thing, not so sure that people are any more broadminded about the wider Dungannon area though.

    I thought the other three were, well, just the same old story really.

  • cg

    “What was the badge on his lapel ?”

    It’s a gold Fainne; it has been used since the Gaelic revival, it identifies the person as an Irish speaker.

    When in secondary school we got silver Fainne after passing our Irish tests.

    Minister O’Cuiv is a very nice person personally and has always been very helpful to Irish speakers in the North as his remit also includes the development of the language across the country.

    I thought they all spoke well apart from Ms Long who was terrible.

  • Davros

    Ah, so that’s what a Fainne looks like!

  • Jacko

    Yes, I have met O’Cuiv a couple of times, a decent guy.

  • Michael Shilliday

    Oh look, Slugger regular Michael Shilliday asked a question about immigration

    If not for the length of the discussion on McCartney, you’d have had a question from IJP.

  • Henry94

    cg

    I couldn’t help thinking that a political movement that embraced O’Cuiv, MaAliskey and Maskey would advance the cause of Irish unity more effectively than the current republican movement.

  • J Kelly

    This programme shows that when you do not have politicians like Mark Durkan who want to score cheap political points we can have a fair and balanced discussion. Alex Maskey answered the McCartney question properly and as some one who would have serios concerns dealimg with the PSNI I fully understand his point of view. The range of questions were excellent and not bogged down on peace process, peace process all night.

    Heart and minds same question and a row between SDLP and SF. Kelly wasn’t great but Alban Mc Guiness was terrible. Naoimi Long was terrible on this show. Who looking for unionist tranfers to keep her seat. Fair play to Billy Hutchinson says it how it is.

  • IJP

    Henry94

    I thought Maskey was diabolical. His stupefying self-righteous anger about being asked a simple question by a member of a grieving family was frankly disgraceful.

    However, your point is a good one. A Republican Movement based around McAliskey and Ó Cúiv – i.e. around caring about people not just specific groups and about recognizing the need for sacrifice – would indeed be a vast, vast improvement, as it would be a lot nearer the genuine inclusive Republican tradition that SF’s barbarized version.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Maskey got there in the end, though it was like pulling teeth. It was as though he found it hard to actually mouth the words that people could go the police with concern for their safety.

    But he did – in the end and after much pressure from the family member in the audience.

    Baby steps.

  • fair_deal

    Aquifer

    Thanx for the apology