“He’s in a laughing fit that could end in asphyxiation.”

I was personally delighted to see on Nuzhound that Jude Collins is back amongst the weekly columnists at one of our local dailies- this time, the Belfast Telegraph. In this column, Jude reminds readers that Sadiq Khan isn’t the first Member of Parliament to be bugged and provides plenty of food for thought about the ever-present role of surveillance in society today.

  • joeCanuck

    Forget about the MPs.
    A senior prison official today revealed that conversations between lawyers and their clients are regularly bugged in N.I.
    That’s a bigger scandal.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article3426814.ece

  • heck

    I must say I have no sympathy for Mr. Khan. He was part of honest Tony’s loyal lobby fodder when new labour ratcheted up police powers and the surveillance state. He stayed in the labour party when Honest Tony lied his way into an illegal war killing hundreds of thousands. In supporting Honest Tony’s government he is responsible for his own problems

    First they bugged the paddies and I said nothing because I wasn’t Irish, then they bugged the Moslems and I said nothing because I wasn’t a Moslem. When they bugged me no one spoke out because they were all bugged and were afraid.

  • Joe, IMO a much greater scandal has been the likely use of the legal process to facilitate the unscrupulous at the expense of Joe and Josey Public*. Sadly, Joe and Josey in their unwisdom are likely to vote for their oppressors 🙁

    I’ll not name names as that could lead to accusations of trolling or to the appearance of Mr Fealty in a suit before My Lud!!

    *PS Are you by any chance related? 🙂

  • Star of the County Down

    I’m a little surprised that it’s the Belfast Telegraph that rescued Collins from the scrapheap he so richly deserved after the Daily Ireland went tits up. Cue the republican posters on here wetting themselves in excitement, no doubt.

    Can’t see it doing much for the Tele’s circulation figures, mind…

  • “And there’s more. Try having a bouncy weekend with your mistress ..”

    There must be a lot of fit young damsels out there just panting for an opportunity to pull Jude’s hair out!!

    So what ‘spooks’ did Jude overlook? Surely not the (unofficial unlisted) SpAds in the public services who have and have had access to highly sensitive information and have fed it to PGI5 – in the manner of Jude’s namesake Michael’s ‘touts’.

  • lib2016

    The Belfast Telegraph has to appeal to a wide readership if it is to attract sufficient advertising and they are making a simple decision to follow the demographics. In the future the ‘boom areas’ will be the mixed and integrated parts of South Down and the West.

    North Down and East Antrim forecasts are for falling work forces and transition to commuter belts. Places like the border areas are the next ‘gold coast’.

  • willowfield

    the mixed and integrated parts

    What’s the difference between a mixed and an integrated part?

  • lib, don’t you mean ‘oil desert’? Just imagine the pollution caused by the oil processing plants. Need I say more?

  • Another reason not to buy the Belfast Telegraph.

  • Ahem

    What’s even more shocking is that, unlike some of our local MPs, Sadiq Khan isn’t even on the MI5 payroll . . .

  • Shore Road Resident

    Hilarious to see how the woeful Mr Collins has toned down his ceasefire-soldier rhetoric for the benefit of his new employers. The man too chucky for the Irish News turns out to be no chucky at all when confronted by the obscurity he so richly deserves. They should have that byline photo re-shot with him tugging his forlock.
    Pathetic.

  • Ahem

    SRR, it’s the wages the Brits pay, who wouldn’t sell his soul for the Big Money the BT pays? Orish freedom, snuffed out by the gobshites choking on their black English gold [cue fiddle music and a cutaway to a McGann brother – any one of them, it doesn’t matter – in period dress staring into the middle distance, a cailín at his side looking wistfully up at him, poor Ireland, poor, poor Ireland &c;].

  • lib2016

    Willowfield,

    I’m no townplanning expert and have used termology inexactly but I was trying to convey the ideas of ‘integrated housing’ and ‘mixed use development’. With regard to places like Portadown and Banbridge, those old Plantation centres, aren’t ready for a fully integrated population although the owner occupiers will find it safe enough in the surburbs and they are already moving there and overcoming the effects of the 1920 pogroms and their aftermath.

    Hopefully those areas like Portadown which did well in the 60’s and are now being left behind will get not just the integrated housing but also a fair share of the service industries needed by the Dundalk/Newry complex i.e. mixed use.

    Newry/Dundalk looks set to be a real city by anybody’s standards and may get all the benefits of same – urban blight, total traffic snarl-up,bigger and better drug gangs etc. 😉 Maybe that will keep the more reactionary oldguard happy, especially if Derry/Kilkenny goes the same way.

  • willowfield

    By “integrated” do you mean integration of owner-occupiers and renters?

    What “pogroms” took place in the 1920s in the suburbs of Banbridge and Portadown?

  • What’s even more shocking is that, unlike some of our local MPs, Sadiq Khan isn’t even on the MI5 payroll . . .

    Posted by Ahem

    Are you sure about that, what better way is there to give the guy a good coat of white wash.

  • Ahem

    Whitewash, greenwash, as long as the dopes who vote for them never twig, all’s well that ends well, eh?

  • brendan,belfast

    It will be interesting to see if Jude remains as sectarian in his writing as he was in DI and prior to that the IN. he may not get away with it in the Tele.

  • Ahem

    And Willow, stop teasing Lib – these last 6 years are going to be the hardest for him. Like every great athlete, after all that preparation for the big day, it’s the very final stretch that makes for the most tension. Already, he, Elvis and Shergar are hard at working planning 2016’s “Good Bye Norn Iron” street parties, buying all the four leaf clover bunting they can find, and making their plans to stain the Lagan green. And then once it’s all over, and all the stooges of WestBritBossClassRootlessCosmpolitanism have fled back to their Surrey dachas, think just on this – what will poor old Lib do then? All these years he’s had a cause, the very finest cause a no-threat-to-the-community day release candidate, sorry, patriot could have, but once Ireland finally is free, what will the poor ould sod find to do all day?

  • lib2016

    willowfield,

    I’m sorry but I have limited time to get into the detailed and meaningless wordgames which appeal to you. There were pogroms in NI in the 1920’s, and before and after. You can do your your own googling but I wouldn’t expect there to have been pogroms in surburbs which were not yet built, nor did I mean to claim that there had been.

    Dromore is an area where I had SDLP acquaintances who fell foul of the old rivalries and got put out way back in the 70’s. On a day which has seen the GFA approved even in Dromore can’t we be friends? No possibility of a group-hug? 😉

  • Chris Donnelly

    SRR
    I’ll let the readers determine who is the more pathetic, yourself or Mr. Collins…

    brendan
    Please provide evidence of sectarian writing you attribute to Jude Collins. Failure to do so will leave the readers to conclude your own narrow political prejudices are being exposed through throw-away comments like that.

  • lib2016

    Ahern,

    It’s a constant comfort to see the way the old Green establishment vanished and now that the traditional Orange culture is facing up to the same need for modernisation one could argue that my work here is done. Unfortunaely as long as the Orange and Green continue there’ll be a need for people like myself to send up the white flag.

  • lib2016

    Ahern,

    It’s a constant comfort to see the way the old Green establishment vanished and now that the traditional Orange culture is facing up to the same need for modernisation one could argue that my work here is done. Unfortunately as long as the Orange and Green continue there’ll be a need for people like myself to send up the white flag.

  • “On a day which has seen the GFA approved even in Dromore”

    I thought it was a Unionist dog n lampost competition with some Nationalist and other bitches there just for the crack, lib.

  • brendan,belfast

    Chris, i dont have access to old articles and i dont know technically how to set about getting them. But in my view he is a sectarian commentator. Simple as that.

    Make out of that whatever you want.

  • Shore Road Resident

    Now Chris, are you serioulsy telling me this is anything like the piece Collins would have written on the same subject in the Irish News, let alone Daily Provo?
    His “May I mention this if it pleases you?” tone for the Tele is just hilarious. Apart from that though, it’s just shíte. If you had the courage of your convictions in the place where your party-stooge loyalty lies, you’d be insulted that this talentless idiot has been hired to represent your cause.
    Still, what else can we expect from an establishment rag that dropped Steven King because he married his boyfriend and Malachi O’Doherty because he wasn’t on NIO message?