Overture, hit the lights…

Welcome to Slugger Live, direct from the Institute of Governance at Queens University Belfast. Mick has sent the executive jet to pick me up from Dublin and whisked me here in style to bring to you the events as they unfold.

As the panel and audience are filing in with canapes and glasses of Veuvre Cilquot, we’ll start getting down to brass tacks.

Any questions yet? Add them in the comments below.

Dan McGinn of PA, Alex Kane of the Newsletter, Chris Thornton of the Belfast Telegraph and Brian Feeney of the Irish News are our panel, chaired by your own Mick Fealty, sans beard.

We’ll be bringing you more as the event begins…but get your questions in now!

  • Davros

    Not a question – just a request that you keep an eye on our leader ! We don’t want certain ne’er-do-well students to lead him astray 😉

  • spirit-level

    Richard
    Haven’t got a question but a poem , can you make a question out of it.. or just say it cos its fun:

    Method in the Madness
    A Medical analogy.

    A sore point, a stab wound
    fleshed like the fruits pith.

    Nationalists side-skin defiled
    septicemia seems to be
    Unionists disgraced by prejudice n pride
    it’s all so clear to me

    Who can cleanse this wound,
    set the seal, make it heal
    Disinfect and stitch-bound
    Is it happening on the ground?

    The stinging pain cries out for soothing care
    oils balms and easing lotions
    whose stool next to look at
    seems where we’re at
    or examining loose bowel motions

    Who has the magic,where are the potions?

  • beano @ StadiumForBelfast

    I want to know how the political leaders of Unionism intend to transform the view both within Northern Ireland and without, that Unionism is about clinging on to something in the past. How are they going to display to their people and others that the Union is not just our history, but also our future?

  • beano @ StadiumForBelfast

    sorry, this is maybe the wrong place to have something addressed to our leaders – but do the panelists not think that something drastic must be done to change the image of Unionism in order to attract those apathetic Unionist voters who have been so disillusioned by our parties?

  • VTobserver

    I can’t believe that Northern Irish political reporting isn’t more respectful toward your politicians. After all, they are servants of the people, doing their best to build the future.

    Here in Vermont, the coverage of Howard dean’s presidential run was very respectful indeed!

  • beano @ StadiumForBelfast

    Are you serious? Have you ever heard some of our ‘politicians’?

  • Davros

    I can’t believe that Northern Irish political reporting isn’t more respectful toward your politicians. After all, they are servants of the people

    Eh ? As our servants shouldn’t it be the other way round ? The politicians should surely be more respectful to us ?

  • spirit-level

    “After all, they are servants of the people, doing their best to build the future.”
    Oh dear, VTobserver, they just ain’t doing that, which is our whole problem in a nutshell.

  • beano; EverythingUlster.com

    OK, here’s one – is there any prospect of government in Northern Ireland becoming any more accountable in the absence of some sort of all-encompassing agreement from the 2 biggest factions? If so, where might this come from? Bottom-up (ie the councils), or top-down (Westminster/our non-functioning Assembly)?

  • George

    How many seats does Alex Kane think the UUP needs to retain in order for Trimble to hold on to the leadership of the UUP?

  • spirit-level

    Do the panel think when Dr.Paisley passes on
    the DUP will get real and do a deal?

  • Levitas

    Does the statement from Gerry Adams concerning the future of the IRA represent a positive development which has the potential to break the current logjam?