Archive | June, 2008

Chuckling

A few months ago The Watchman provided a pair of extremely interesting articles on Dr. Paisley and the DUP entitled “When the chuckling had to stop” and “The unbuckling of the Bible Belt”. They are well worth re-reading as they provide an excellent insight into anti agreement unionist thinking. Subsequently Fair_Deal produced what to my more…

McCartney killing: Sinn Fein and the need of a ‘virtuous act’…

All three of those accused of the Robert McCartney murder have been acquitted. The dead man’s sister Catherine noted that “we hadn’t got very high expectations. As a lay person sitting in that court listening to the evidence we have heard, would I have put someone away on that evidence? No. I wouldn’t have so more…

“They believed the blast was a visitation by the god Ogdy..”

On the 30th June 1908 at around 7.17am, “a large space rock, about 120 feet across, entered the atmosphere of Siberia and then detonated in the sky” levelling approximately 80 million trees over 800 square miles. The remoteness of the site meant that few if any people died in the Tunguska event itself – but more…

Mugabe swears in and jets out

Robert Mugabe was sworn in at a ceremony on Sunday at which he promised talks with the opposition; talks which the MDC seem willing to participate in but sound less than optimistic about:“Mr Mugabe has a sweet tongue but sour actions,” Nelson Chamisa, a spokesman for the MDC, told the BBC. “But when all is more…

Robinson flags up possible resolution on policing?

The Irish Times has a fascinatingly enigmatic statement from Peter Robinson. As CP Scott famously said, ‘comment is free, but facts are sacred’. It is a falsifiable fact that the 8th May was a target date, as the DUP claimed, and not, as Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have, until recently contended, an enforceable deadline. more…

“But I’m not holding my breath..”

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is due to go fully online in late August and, whilst legal concerns about the experiment rumble on, to celebrate that fact the Guardian has an avalanche of articles – part of a special supplement to today’s paper. They include, among others, an introduction by Steven Hawking, Astronomer Royal more…

Might the UK Ban the Bomb after all?

An unlikely new gang of four have just written a piece in the Times that appears to hint that the UK should go back on the decision to commission a new generation of nuclear subs. The article is by two former Conservative foreign secretaries Douglas Hurd and Matthew Rifkind, one ex-Labour ditto David Owen and more…

“no mandate whatsoever..”

Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, and MP for Mid Ulster, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, was on the Politics Show today repeating the argument that dissenting republican paramilitary groups should stop their activities because they have “little or no support in the community” and “no mandate whatsoever”. Although, leaving aside the moral vacuity of his position, more…

Scottish Labour meltdown prompts fears for the Union

Update The Guardian says Gordon Brown will call a snap by-election in Glasgow East next month. His premiership could be at stake says the Herald. See rewrite and more below the fold. The fall-out from Wendy Alexander’s resignation as Labour leader in the Scottish Parliament and a good SNP showing in the Westminster by-election for more…

The Vikings are going!

The Vikings are going!

They never did apologise.. and quite rightly so. Almost a year after they arrived, and after being on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Havhingsten fra Glendalough (The Sea Stallion from Glendalough) will set sail for Roskilde, Denmark, tomorrow from Custom House Quay, Dublin, at 11.30am tomorrow, whatever the weather. But, as they say more…

“I don’t know if I would call it a witch-hunt..”

Interesting snippet from yesterday’s Irish News, although I’m not sure the Sinn Féin Bulletin can be accurately called a newspaper.. ANYhoo.. Apparently the Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane, is hearing voices.. [scroll down] “Look at who controls the media and in whose interest the media works,” Ms Ruane said. “There is, and I am more…

[no subs req]

From Monday the Irish Times will be freely available online at their new website www.irishtimes.com – current subscribers will be offered a refund for their remaining subscription. The editor Geraldine Kennedy cites, among others, the New York Times move noted here. Welcome to the conversation. The article announcing the move is, unfortunately, subs req.. Adds more…

Yipeee!!!

Okay, that’s possibly an over reaction. But the Irish Times will be free online from Monday. Which means I don’t have to continue my online subscription so Slugger readers can get access to some of the best journalism on the island. And just in case madame editor is listening, no I won’t be cancelling my more…

Scots Labour in crisis as sleaze rows reach new high

See Updates below the fold. Full statement, first reactions and another quits! BBC News are running the scoop of Wendy Alexander’s sensational decision to quit after less than a year as Scottish Labour leader over a footling error in her leader’s campaign expenses. Only a year ago Alexander was tipped to lead the pro-Union fight more…

For harrassment, read surveillance too

Mission creep has also infected RIPA the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to epidemic levels. Intended as an anti-terrorist and anti serious crime measure to be used by the police and security service, its use has spread from monitoring terrorists suspects, fraudsters and stalkers to dog fouling, littering, people on the sick, and lying about more…

The Un-Enlightenment hasn’t gone away..

Interesting article by John Waters [Really? – Ed] in today’s Irish Times [subs req]. Although, perhaps not ‘interesting’ in the way he intended. [Ah – Ed] It’s a call to arms, of sorts, to supernaturalists in an apparent attempt to change the tone of the coverage of the news that Pope Benedict XVI has announced more…

Protection from Harassment Act being used to suppress dissent?

Interesting what happens when you put a story up on the net. Tim linked back to our story on the Belfast man who has been arrested twice under the above mentioned Act of Parliament. He links (via blogger Calum Carr) to an article in March by George Monbiot: The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is, more…

Power of arrest used against Belfast blogger…

Malachi O’Doherty points to a disturbing development, that could have widespread implications, not simply for bloggers, but for any journalists in their legitimate business of tracking down a story. It’s with regard to a Belfast blogger called Alan Murray, who has been using his blog Holylands Warzone to campaign against the privatisation of public housing more…