Slugger after a new set of Silk Pajamas!!

It’s European Satin Pajama time again. Slugger has been nominated each of the last three years, winning “Best European Political Weblog” in the first year, but coming up short last time out. This year we are in for the overall award (first time I think) and best Political Weblog. I’ve also been nominated for a ‘lifetime achievement’ award. But on the basis that there are at least two others in there that I know are far more deserving of that than me, I have cast my own vote elsewhere. If you’ve enjoyed Slugger, this is one relatively painless opportunity to give us a ‘big up’! But do check out the range of blogs on there before you make your choice!!

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Mojo

    Hmmmmm. Watch out for those “lifetime achievement” awards. You don’t want it to be literally true. Like the question: “Have you lived here all your life?”, the answer is “Not yet.”

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  • merrie

    I think that Slugger is really special.

    The voice of most other blog “owners” and their opinions usually dominate their sites, but Mick’s opinions do not dominate Slugger; rather we are all able to express what we think about a subject, so long as we play the ball, not the man, and don’t say anything that may cause Mick to be sued. Mick may sometimes be a little too cautious about some subjects because of this risk.

    We can even do massive cross-referenced detailed opinions such as those Pete sometimes foists upon us, but fortunately most of us don’t indulge thus!

    Slugger is really important for reducing cross-cultural divides in NI. I doubt I would have ever talked to 99.9% of the people who contribute or learned their views – Fair Deal’s for instance – and heard first-hand the fears and the prejudices that one side or the other has for themmums. Slugger is a unique forum. Where else in NI can people from so many sides meet?

    Unfortunately some contributors have p***sed off others so much that they don’t bother with Slugger any more – Pat McLarnon has retired because of this – and others have red-carded themselves out. This is a real shame because I would still like to read what they want to say about the issues that Slugger raises.

    So thanks very much Mick for your brilliant idea to create Slugger.

  • Hi Mick !

    Tom at the Green Ribbon (
    already pointed me in that direction , where I done the business for both of ye .
    That’s one contest I don’t mind voting in !

    Sharon .