“Perhaps people should check my source on this?”

It’s not everyday that a blog gets a mention within the session a legislative house. Last night David Trimble, now Baron Trimble of Lisnagarvey, name checked Slugger several times on the floor of the House. It was during the second reading of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill. He was drawing attention to the incomplete support by Sinn Fein of the PSNI:

H/T Nevin!

The noble Baroness also mentioned the McCartney case. I speak from memory—my source on this is the website under the name of Slugger O’Toole; perhaps people should check my source. Slugger O’Toole’s website noted a day or two ago that, among those who had assented to the nomination of a Sinn Fein candidate, one Mr Alex Maskey, were two persons alleged to have been in the pub where Mr McCartney was on the occasion of the assault on him that resulted in his murder and who have not given statements to the police. A number of persons who were there have given statements but, according to Slugger O’Toole, those persons have not. The fact that two persons who were there in the pub who have not co-operated with the police are so close to the Sinn Fein candidate that they signed his nomination paper would not give one any great comfort.

The two people concerned did, belated, hand statements into the Ombudsman, none, so far as we know, have yet been given to the police.


  • joeCanuck

    A rare honour indeed.

    Perhaps he should be selected as the first member of the Order Of Slugger O’Toole.

  • Mick, did David Trimble have a sex change between paragraph one and two?

    Or was the Baroness reference something you know about and are not letting on.

    It is just with all the bed swapping going on with public figures, Goldsmith, Orde and now Trimble I am a bit confused.

  • KeithQR

    Well done sir.

  • Mick Fealty


    That’s a quote. It is the noble Lord Baron speaking about the contribution of a previous contributor. If you follow the link it should fill in the gap…

  • Oh yeah, putting my coat on as I type.

    Should speech marks be used ” ?

    Or does the dot on top of another dot, PSIN:, mean the same thing?

  • Nevin
  • Victory to the Sluggeradeen!

  • Pete Baker


    Lord Rooker, eh?!!


    He may not be familiar with us.. but we’re familiar, almost to the point of contempt, with him.

  • Nevin

    Slugger O’Toole, allegedly, is an example of frippery!!

  • Pete Baker

    Technically, Nevin.

    We’re listed as “Political blogs and other frippery”

    Although your point is noted..

  • Am confused.

    My understanding was that this is the journal of record.

  • parcifal

    peerages all round I’d say what what.
    The Noble Lords Baker and Fealty

  • Alan

    Perfidy !

    It is the destiny of all radical / outspoken / slightly-grumpy institutions to be assimilated into the service of the establishment.

    And so with Slugger.

    We clearly need a “Continuity Slugger” to save us from ourselves.

  • Nevin

    Pete, I hope you’ve noted ‘other’ in ‘Political blogs and other frippery’ 😉

  • I think you’ll find that Pete is the ‘slightly grumpy institution’ Alan…

  • Pete Baker


  • Nevin

    I’m not an institution, Alan, but I can do all three: radical, outspoken and grumpy ;-(