Putting political activism back on the map…

Queens Students Union are the first to use our new Message Space service (more later). They’ve just kicked off a week of events focused on political activism, no doubt now inflected with a touch of optimism since the positive outcome the St Andrews talks last week. Today, the Electoral Commission will be in the foyer of the spanking new Union building all day taking new registrations (don’t forget your Nat Ins number). The refurbishment of the Union building means there are now a suite of spaces and committee rooms on the third floor available to all political societies on campus. Don’t miss Eamon McCann in full flow tonight!!A full programme of the week below:

MONDAY 16TH

• ELECTORAL COMMISSION (ALL DAY IN SU FOYER)

Bring National Insurance Number

• OPENING TALK – EAMONN MCCANN – Political Activism and Today’s World

COMMITTEE ROOM 2 – STUDENTS’ UNION 3RD FLOOR – 7:30PM

TUESDAY 17TH

• ELECTORAL COMMISSION (ALL DAY IN SU FOYER)

Bring National Insurance Number

• NOVEMBER 24TH: DEADEND OR CROSSROADS?

PANELLISTS: PROF. PAUL BEW, BREIDGE GADD CBE, MARTINA ANDERSON, BILLY HUTCHINSON

COMMITTEE ROOM 2 – STUDENTS’ UNION 3RD FLOOR – 7:30PM

WEDNESDAY 18TH

• OXFAM EXHIBIT (ALL DAY IN SU FOYER)

• RICKEY GERVAIS: POLITICS (SPEAKEASY BAR 3PM)

• STUDENT POLITICAL QUESTION TIME

CHAIR: JIM FITZPATRICK (BBC)
PANELLISTS: Catrina Ruane MLA, ALISTAIR MCDONNELL MP MLA, IAN PAISLEY JR MLA, DAVID FORD MLA

COMMITTEE ROOM 2 – STUDENTS’ UNION 3RD FLOOR – 7:30PM

THURSDAY 19TH

• OXFAM EXHIBIT (ALL DAY IN SU FOYER)

• OXFAM SHORT FILMS (SPEAKEASY BAR 1PM)

• LORD OF WAR (SPEAKEASY BAR 1:30PM)

• OXJAM: Radar in association with Oxjam presents Ed Zealous, The Jane Bradfords and The Elliots (FREE ENTRY)

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  • My goodness – Briege Gadd. Now THERE’S a surprise…

  • Ziznivy

    Low key show for Gervais there. 3pm in a student bar.

  • John

    What do you mean ‘Now THERE’S a surprise?

  • anon

    methinks it a dvd of gervais rather than the man himself

  • It just seems to me that in NI there’s a small group of “rent-a-speakers” who are *always* wheeled out – by the BBC for example. The likes of Jude Collins, Eamon McCann, Rev. Ken Newell, etc, etc. It’s almost as if no-one else in the province/statelet has an opinion worth hearing.

    Likewise, it seems to be the same old faces popping up over and over again on quangos, although I’ve no doubt a lot of them devote a lot of their time to doing a good job.

  • GWB

    Like the Northern Ireland Transport Holding COmpany you mean?

  • LS

    Eamonn McCann talk was brilliant, great crowd.

    Looking forward to tomorrow night’s discussion.

    New Students’ Union committee rooms look very good as well.

  • rapunsel

    Looks like a good programme and congrats to those who organised it. Slightly sympathetic to NIRsucks view on Briege Gadd — who clearly is a rent a quote. There is no comparison between her and Eamon McCann who is an articulate and passionate speaker

  • balmoral

    I can scarcly think of someone who has achieved so little in their career or done so little for society as Eamonn Mc Cann.

    He claims to be a socialist worker etc but has never done a proper days work in his life.

    How typical that this left wing extremist be wheeled out for such an occasion by the SU. Would a right wing political activist ever be invited- I think not.

    The plethora of socialist vandalism around the University is a total disgrace. Shame on the extreme minority who expose their fellow students to this filth.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Eamonn McCann talk was brilliant, great crowd. ‘

    I’m sure the TALK was . Never mind what they say just look at what they DO and ACHIEVE .

    HOT AIR and vandalised property is not an achievement .

    Northern Ireland is a place for producing men with large mouths and political principles . McCann and Paisley have at least that much in common .

  • balmoral

    Greenflag,

    agree with all point but one.

    Paisley has actually won an election, Mc Cann’s entire life has been filled with failure.

    Although it would be entertaining if he did win an election, to see what he would do. haha

  • balmoral

    “Don’t miss Eamon McCann in full flow tonight!!”

    Is that a reference to the shere volume of verbal, diarhhoea the man spouts?

    Someone put the man back in his straight jacket.

  • LS

    was at talk tonight. billy hutchinson & breidge gadd were very very good. good audience participation as well. sydney elliot filled in for paul bew.

    some interesting points of view.

    tomorrow should be the best part of the week – time for the students to hold the politicians to account – not to be missed i’d say.

  • balmoral

    Tonight was interesting if not a bit bland at times. Very biased panel in that they were all left wingers. Typical on the part of the SU…

    As for the Sinn Fein Director of Unionist engagement, I have scarcely meet a more disengaging person in my life. The women can barely string a sentence together. Inarticulate, incapable and incompetant. I think she made SF come across very badly in thst her mask slipped on a number of occassions; exposing her deep sectarian bigotry.

    But, tommorrow noght should be interesting…

  • no

    I recommend spelling and grammar classes are taken at Queens.

    ffs

    What do they teach you people in? Text speak?

    Jesus, I barely have an education but understand the concept of sentences, capital letters and the appropriate plural.

    Forget the politics, you people need primary education.

    Drunk?

  • no

    The bit McCann didn’t tell you students about was, as a senior member of the SWP (after the civil rights stuff) they accepted/endorsed the IRA’s armed actions as legitimate anti-imperialist struggle ,the SP have retained their writings on this subject. Repubiican ‘dissidents’ were the backbone of McCann’s SEA camapign in recent elections. McCann was arrested after organising a violent protest mainly supported by those that currently support armed Republican struggle.

  • balmoral

    Tonight’s discussion was interesting. Ian Paisley Jnr came across very well and was certainly well recieved.

    Catriana Ruane had the cheak to lecture the police on the use of bullets! lol Not that she would know anything about them offcourse.

    Pity SF had to bring their rent-a-mob along from outside the student body. People whos vocabulary didn’t exceed any further than repeating the names of Rosemary Nelson + Pat Finnucane.

    All in all well done to the SU officers for organising these events. But in future it would be an idea to restrict these events to Queen’s students ONLY. In doing so stopping certian political groups at the University bringing in party roughians from elsewhere- due, it must be said to their lack of support from students.

  • Colin Caughey

    Thanks Balmoral, COlin Caughey here from the student’s union it was myself, Peter Quinn and Michael Forde who arranged the week and we are very pleased with how it has gone we intned to run similar events in the future and any suggestions for speakers or topics would be very well recieved.

    Colin, Michael and Peter

  • balmoral

    Colin,

    You spoke well.