Spotlight election special

What did we make of the Spotlight debate tonight? When I saw the format I was unsure, but It seemed to work quite well.

I must make a special mention of my good friend Jonny Hadley’s contribution – asking Gerry Adams about the truth recovery process in relation to the RUC. He got quite a reaction.

Thoughts?

  • Crataegus

    MCT

    The way house prices are going in Ireland some should consider living abroad and commuting back and forward by cheap air flights. Two apartments and a pub overlooking lake Geneva cost the same as a house in Ardoyne!

    I cannot get my mind round the concern for Ireland to be united or otherwise. I can live virtually anywhere from Mayo to the Black Sea and from Lapland to Sicily. But back in this rain swept sod it is all about keeping the troops in the trenches eyes firmly down and opportunities being missed by the day.

  • kensei

    “Marie Moore was Deputy Mayor in 1999. The SDLP in Derry, for example, only deigned to give Cathal Crumley the Mayoralty there in 2000. The same year we supported Maskey for the Mayoralty. Despite reasonable grounds for concern over Crumley’s performance, Maskey got it in 2002. Alex did a good job. Fair play to him. Belfast is a better City for that.”

    I think Crumley was right in passing it to his deputy. If in a hypothetical world were I was mayor, I couldn’t greet royalty. Well, I could, but I couldn’t do the whole Her Majesty/Her Royal Highness/Ma’am nonsense and that might cause more of a scene.

  • JoG

    CS,

    “Maybe they don’t all realise it yet… “

    So it’s not just Gerry who can be patronising!

    Gerry was bad on the night, the ohters were only “normal”, better in only a dull way.

    I have some sympathy with CS. Where I disagree with him is that I would question if people really believe the “Alliance” view is are happy to leave it a nice, rose-tinted ideal that is purely aspirational and could never really happen. I think the evidence for this can be found at the ballot box and how the tribes remain to vote..

    I vote SDLP because I share and support the view of a UI based on economic arguments. I see myself first and foremost as Irish. This small island with it’s small population is what I can associate myself with. There is little other than language, that I cn associate myself with in Britain. I that respect i consider myself to be an Irish republican but I wish to stress equally, I see NOTHING to associate myself with the form of Republicanism supported by SF. In this respect I am SDLP with a heavy Alliance tendancy.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think NI is ready for it’s own FORD Mondeo here. The tribes won’t let us.

  • Wilde Rover

    “I cannot get my mind round the concern for Ireland to be united or otherwise. I can live virtually anywhere from Mayo to the Black Sea and from Lapland to Sicily. But back in this rain swept sod it is all about keeping the troops in the trenches eyes firmly down and opportunities being missed by the day.”

    Well put.

    I fear the measure of the new Assembly by DUP/SF (or SF/DUP, as some commentators are suggesting) will not be socio-economic improvements but the amount of times they are able to put the constitutional boot into one another.

  • Paddy Power

    Anyone running a book on how long either a DUP/SF or a SF/DUP Assembly would last? (assuming of course such an ssembly even got off the ground!)