Archive | August, 2005

Gerry Fitt is laid to rest

His funeral took place today at Westminster Cathedral in central London. In the Guardian’s report it only mentions the presence of prominent figures from the UUP (Trimble) and SDLP (Durkan and Hume) – are we to assume that no-one from SF or the DUP attended?Rivals unite in tribute to Lord Fitt Press Association Wednesday August more…

Clarke candidacy highlights Tory dilemma…

Leading on from where Gonzo left off. Clarke is 65, and this is his third bid for the leadership. Precedent suggests he’s not well matched to an aging party suspicious of his pro-European views (though he’s getting distance between himself and the Euro), and his anti war stance (only five other Tories followed him into more…

a state of devastation

That’s how the Mayor of New Orleans described the scene as flood levels continue to rise, with 80% of the city already under water. The BBC also report that heavily armed police have been trying to impose a form of martial law to stem outbreaks of looting and that the stadium where 20,000 people were more…

“there’s a slogan to motivate the masses”

Courtesy of the excellent Newshound. The rumours of Newton’s demise have, clearly, been greatly exaggarated – Quite simple really. ‘Love Ulster’ is a terror campaign. Not the old kind of terror campaign, mind you but a new political kind aimed at terrifying people into thinking that all those cows are about to stampede north and more…

Keeping Mediocrity At Bay

George Ivan Morrison is 60 today [biography here.. wikipedia page here]. And we should be very grateful for him.. and his music. There are some great sites detailing the career of The Man, the official web-site, and this comprehensive fan-site, which includes some of the less difficult interviews he’s given. As this BBC report notes, more…

Blair backs banned Muslim scholar

Is Tony Blair finally trying to put some ‘clear blue water’ between himself and the White House given that Professor Tariq Ramadam (who has been banned in the US and France) has been appointed to a government taskforce? Also it sounds like the White House is getting increasingly peeved by the fact that Tony still more…

Oh brother, where art thou..?

A COLERAINE couple made medical history today by cryogenically freezing some stem cells from the umbilical tube of their second child in South Africa – genetic insurance policy. They did it in order to treat possible future illnesses or diseases the boy might suffer from. The idea isn’t new for ‘saviour siblings’ (as another NI more…

What was lost in the rejection of Sunningdale

Vincent Browne, is clearly irked by a reference in a recent Daily Ireland article to Gerry Fitt as an ‘Uncle Tomas’ figure in Irish nationalism. In response he asks what benefits Nationalism accrued from Sinn Fein and the IRA’s rejection of the Sunningdale Agreement (subs needed): …there are a few elements to the Belfast Agreement more…

What is eating people in Ballymena?

The ‘troubles’ in Ballymena continue with the targeting of a Catholic Primary school on the Cullybackey Road. The article is accompanied by condemnation from Nationalist politicians. It’s interesting to note that of all victims of these attacks, 75% were Catholic but, surprisingly perhaps, 25% were protestant. None of the reports we’ve seen so far seem more…

"there's a slogan to motivate the masses"

Courtesy of the excellent Newshound. The rumours of Newton’s demise have, clearly, been greatly exaggarated – Quite simple really. ‘Love Ulster’ is a terror campaign. Not the old kind of terror campaign, mind you but a new political kind aimed at terrifying people into thinking that all those cows are about to stampede north and more…

Oh brother, where art thou..?

A COLERAINE couple made medical history today by cryogenically freezing some stem cells from the umbilical tube of their second child in South Africa – genetic insurance policy. They did it in order to treat possible future illnesses or diseases the boy might suffer from. The idea isn’t new for ‘saviour siblings’ (as another NI more…

Clarke candidacy highlights Tory dilemma…

Leading on from where Gonzo left off. Clarke is 65, and this is his third bid for the leadership. Precedent suggests he’s not well matched to an aging party suspicious of his pro-European views (though he’s getting distance between himself and the Euro), and his anti war stance (only five other Tories followed him into more…

Keeping Mediocrity At Bay

George Ivan Morrison is 60 today [biography here.. wikipedia page here]. And we should be very grateful for him.. and his music. There are some great sites detailing the career of The Man, the official web-site, and this comprehensive fan-site, which includes some of the less difficult interviews he’s given. As this BBC report notes, more…

Gerry Fitt is laid to rest

His funeral took place today at Westminster Cathedral in central London. In the Guardian’s report it only mentions the presence of prominent figures from the UUP (Trimble) and SDLP (Durkan and Hume) – are we to assume that no-one from SF or the DUP attended? Rivals unite in tribute to Lord Fitt Press Association Wednesday more…

Diversity requires a common bottom line

Fascinating piece from Martin Wolf at the FT. Evidently he is not thinking of Northern Ireland, but there may be relevant lessons to be drawn from his argument. He praises British multiculturalism but warns that it has limits and that no political entity can hold with a certain number of key requisites to retain the more…

Clarke's a Tory rogue..!

KEN Clarke is to make another bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Do you find him appealing?

Blair backs banned Muslim scholar

Is Tony Blair finally trying to put some ‘clear blue water’ between himself and the White House given that Professor Tariq Ramadam (who has been banned in the US and France) has been appointed to a government taskforce? Also it sounds like the White House is getting increasingly peeved by the fact that Tony still more…