Hearts and Minds…

Note Hearts and Minds (now in splendid broadband) is on BBC2 tonight at 9pm because of the Snooker and at 10.35 BBC1 because Question Time is dropped locally for Scottish election results:

This week on Hearts and Minds, after four decades of terror the UVF puts itself out of business, its guns out reach. Does that put the PUP out of use? We ask the party’s leader Dawn Purvis. One down, one to go, we assess Sinn Fein’s prospects in this month’s elections in the Republic, and in this era of devolution and north south cooperation, we seek a new definition of Unionism.

  • Emily

    Jeez, Fealty. You’re visiting Los Angeles on a perfectly sunny day, and you’re *blogging*? 😉

  • austin

    Watched Prime Time after H and M

    Bertie was nailed by Vincent Browne and he is now ‘damaged goods’ big-style.

    Man United could put up a better defence than Bertie and that’s saying something after last night.

  • Butterknife

    Did you see the video Newsnight did on Paisley? Papers released showed that the NI Secretary of State Merlyn Rees (1974-’76) thought of him that ‘he would change his position if it meant him (the DUP, I presume) would become the leading party at Westminster’.
    Also in an interview, he publicly stated that he did the deal for the Government would give him nothing … but it was a good deal… In other words, while the servient unionist party in 1998 Mr NO saw it has a bad deal so he invented a fair deal, but when Mr NO’s party became the dominant party in 2004? the fair deal became the old deal which was the bad deal that has now become a good deal 🙂

  • Pete Baker

    Emily

    He has a quota to meet. ;o)

  • Pól

    Paraphrased from report on Sinn Fein’s chance in elections – “even the most generous predictions give Sinn Féin 10 seats at most”. Great research by Hearts and Minds there. 10 seats is a minimum threshold for SF. Generous would be 14-15

  • “Did you see the video Newsnight did on Paisley? Papers released showed that the NI Secretary of State Merlyn Rees (1974-’76) thought of him that ‘he would change his position if it meant him (the DUP, I presume) would become the leading party at Westminster’.”

    Didn’t have to see it, it’s something which is blatantly obvious to watchers of power-hungry antagonisers who seem keen to set out to upset stability so as not miss out themselves after realising their policy was flawed.

    Re-inventing the wheel?

  • joeCanuck

    I thought the same Emily.
    But he is in L.A. and there’s really nothing interesting there.
    Now if he was in S.F. I would consider himself in need of some medication for his apparent addiction.

  • Butterknife

    I always thought, and alot more besides, that he was a man of principle.

  • justthoughtidask

    “Does that put the PUP out of use?”

    Never mind the PUP, does this UVF move put Brian Rowan out of use? Since leaving the BBC his area of “expertise” and “insight” has shrunk to only matters that are UVF related.
    What will he replace his repetitive the-statement-is-coming articles in the Tele and Sunday Life with now?

  • Paul O

    Can SF really pull in 10 seats? Presuming they hold what they have and take 2 in Donegal and McDonald wins in Dublin, where else are they seriously contenders?

  • austin

    No doubt Brian Rowan will be on the SeaCat with Henry McDonald and Hugh Jordan in search of a ‘terror’ exclusive from 80’s throwback Johnnie Adair.

  • primed

    paul o……i agree, seriously considering taking some decent odds on betfair for nine seats or less….also think 8, with 9 as an absolute maximum……

  • What did you guys think of Alex Cane’s illustrated monologue on Hearts and Minds? He painted a grim picture of the deal and devolution on 8 May and even asks “when will we be begging for direct rule”. I’m used to a critical eye in regards to the whole process as I follow it via Slugger, but that was the first time I really considered some of the huge down falls of this outcome, but really y’all have come a long way.