Can our politicians actually deliver?

On tonight’s programme we kick off with an interview with UUP leader, Reg Empey, who’s party line will be to question the capacity of ‘Gerry and Ian’ to deliver. We take a look at various of the obvious constituency face offs, and some of the less obvious ones. And Pete and I, chew the cud over OTRs, the Ulster Rugby, and anything else that comes up… You can join in by ringing + 1 (646) 652-4838. Skype is cheaper!

Adds: it starts at 8.30 GMT!

  • SuperSoupy

    What time? I’m not bunking off the canvass for it.

  • Mick Fealty


    Things really that tight? 😉

    As it says on the site, the programme starts at 8.30 and runs for an hour… Hope you can catch the back end of it at least… especially if you have some on-the-ground experience to share!!!

  • SuperSoupy


    Missed it. Not through canvassing but flu and Valentines nonsense.

    When does the archived version become available?

    So far both Empey and Attwood have thought it worth not canvassing over, (Ford contributed before APNI started work) so some rate it as a medium.

    I sincerely hope no shinner contributes as I’m pretty sure the swingable voter level hit by the broadcast is much less than they can get by a night on the doors.

  • SuperSoupy

    The most interesting bit of Reg’s contribution so far is his willingness to connect the anthem IRFU discussion to the GFA.

    While the IRFU are not party to the agreement he feels they are subject to it. I’ve missed his shared identity contribution to the debate on any other sport.

    And he did say he isn’t much of a rugby fan, so really who cares.

    Populism and easy partialism?

  • SuperSoupy

    Pete and Reg promoting this uncooperative angle on two parties while only one party won’t work within the structures is also interesting.

    Blame SF with the DUP while the DUP are the only party refusing to work the agreed system shows the inherent bias of both.

  • SuperSoupy

    I’lll turn off now. His whatever he thinks spin isn’t analysis is dull and stuttering.

    Stick with the idea of open bias first.

    *yawn* turns off the pete rant, misses the rest of the show.

  • Mick Fealty


    Hmmm… hope your ‘significant other’ doesn’t read Slugger…

    I’m glad you’ve taken this more seriously than you seemed to before. I specifically had your scepticism in mind when I asked would the UU not be better knocking doors than doing new media. I thought Reg gave reasonable answers on that.

    I think I may have pushed him down a bit of a blind alley on the rugby thing, but you were one of the few nats on Slugger not to rush down a populist route on that, either here or on the Guardian site…

    I guess there was a Glens question to be had, if I’d been a bit sharper on it… Years ago a lot of people from the Short Strand wore Glens scarves to school… If you were from the East, and you didn’t support the Blues, you fell under the Glens’ sphere of influence… I recollect Gearoid O’Caireallain saying something of that kind in the DI about the time of the Best funeral.

    Does that still persist? I would doubt it. But I am not sure that can entirely be laid at the door of Reg…

    I hope you are wrong about SF. There has to be some mileage in the idea of having a public conversation, rather than hosting repetitively confrontational (and predictable) debates. There has to be some value in just letting politicians talk.

  • SuperSoupy


    My contributions above may seem a little odd, they are what I thought as I listened to the archived stream.

    I am being completely honest when I say I turned off once Pete started into full spin. I’ve read it all before, if it is going to be anything other than regurgitated rants please flag it up and I may listen on.

    Putting the politician first and you/pete at the end has improved it no end. Once you get bored of Pete you can turn off knowing you haven’t missed anyone of interest.

    (my truth)

  • Mick Fealty

    It’s an emergent technology. I hope/expect we can raise the quality of the discourse as we become accustomed to the technology.

    Who knows: maybe even one day you’ll follow (perhaps even sympathise with) Pete’s line of questioning!!


  • SuperSoupy

    You descibe me as ‘one of the few nats not to rush down that route’ re: the anthem debate.

    Firstly, I’m a Republican. Secondly, I believe a a deal is deal.

    I recognise being treated poorly when I see it. I also recognise it is nothing to do with the GFA, the Irish government or the man on the moon.

    I’m not much of a fan, I like to see the team win while having a beer, I don’t like the multitude of socceer fans and never watched rugby before twats making an issue over something true supporters could but didn’t raise.