The Blog Round…

Okay, before we start this morning, I can’t go on calling this ‘The Blog Round’. It’s weak. And “Slugger’s Blog Box” is probably a bit too Blue Peter. Any suggestions will be gratefully received. So kicking off, Mairtin quotes Gerry Adams asserion that the Irish Language is now the touchstone of success/failure of negotiations between Sinn Fein and the DUP:

I think while it (the impasse) can be easily sorted out at the same time you (with the Irish language act) are actually at the root, at the nub of what will either trip these institutions up or make them work – and that’s equality and partnership, the lack of that or the presence of it.

– Bob Piper notes the irony in the accusations today that George Osborne has been ‘wrestling chimney sweeps’

– Simon has spotted something that has passed most of the rest of us by: Irish banks are ‘rolling up’ interest payments from some sectors because they don’t have the money to revenues… PWC to report in a few weeks… and it could be very, very messy…

– Johnny Guitar is heartened at the latest Millward Brown poll on abortion

– Over at Unionist Lite there’s a poll running asking: should we get rid of the Barnett Formula? Strangely enough, his readers are currently in favour of scrapping the golden goose by a proportion of 5/1. But there’s still nine days to go.

– In other news, Gavin notes that Sarah Carey, the first Irish blogger who done good and got a paid gig at the Sunday Times, is moving into plushier ‘digs’ in Tara Street.

– The irrepressible (who says you cannot enjoy an economic crash?) Michael Taft reckons that contrary to prevailing thought, public spending may actually be too low rather than too high

– Hugh Green has an interesting note on the politico-religious beliefs of Sarah Palin

– The noble Archbishop is sceptical at reports from Austria that the Anglo Saxon model of economic management is dead…

– Bloggers4Labour on the difference between social scientists and propagandists

Across the great sheugh comes this stunning insight into the US presidential race: the new demographic surge is “racists for Obama”. Cognitive dysphasia how are ya…

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

  • Paddy McEvoy

    The Blog Breakdown? Bit cheesy?!!

  • Wilde Rover

    How about a combination of blog and summary?


    Or blog and review.

    Blogview, or Reblog.

  • Mick Fealty

    That last has potential WR…

    Keep them coming!!??

  • Mark McGregor


  • pacman

    The Blogathon

  • So the struggle for the completion of the Irish national revolution has been reduced down to the British government subsidizing the Irish Language.

    Pray tell me Gerry, why wouldn’t the Ulster unionists support that.

    How sad.

  • Can someone please explain the logic in what Mairtin (and SF) is saying. Talk about talking yourself into a cul-de-sac. Have picked up on this in the Irish News today and on O’Conall Street.

    What about Slugger’s Top Slice???

  • ulsterfan

    Has anyone else noticed that it is only SF who bring demands to the Executive table and threaten to bring the house down if they don’t get their way.
    What demands have other parties made and what are SF prepared to give in return for ILA.
    All politics is compromise.

  • Mick Fealty


    That’s five minutes out of my life I’m never getting back!! 😉

    Nice in Conall…

  • Blogger O’Toole?

    Gone to the Blogs?

    It’s a Blog’s Life?

    Any phrase you want with the word “dog” taken out and “blog” written instead?

  • Mark McGregor


    I had thought of blogplunder, bloggold and blogbooty but then i saw the Latin dictionary on my shelf.

  • Mick Fealty

    I like the thrust, and the pain it will inflict others not so copiously resourced…

    Here’s another from reader Gary:

    ‘Slug’s Plugs’?

  • Mick Fealty


    Nice idea…

    Blog Tired… It shouldn’t happen to a blog… Me and my blogs… “Raining ***** and blogs…”???

  • Sarah Palin’s Roscommon roots – Shannonside mp3 podcast

  • Wilde Rover

    Slugger’s muckers???

  • Mick Fealty

    “Hacks and blogs…”?

  • Suck my chocolate salty blogs

  • The left have imo a great name for our monthly left wing blog roundup, thanks to Jim J

    carnival of socialism.

  • pacman

    Mad Blogs and Irishmen? Suitable apologies to those British amongst us. 😉

  • Blogophile – for those who just can’t get enough of blogs?

  • George

    Blog day afternoon

  • pacman

    The Blogs in the street

  • Mick Fealty

    Link Mick?

  • Mick Fealty


    I’ll see yours and raise you one: “Even the blogs in the street…”

  • Mick,

    Building on your hacks and blogs, HacksBlogsCross?

  • Groundblog Day

    (Cos its all just a constant repetition)

  • Mick Fealty


    Either that, or you’re just not paying attention… 😉

    Picking up on Pat’s first suggestions: “Breaking blogs…”?

  • 6countyprod

    Slugger Blogspawn

  • joeCanuck

    “Blogaroo” (Blog R. U. – Blog round up)

  • Reader

    Blogaround? Blogabout? Blogwise? Blogdrive? Bloghunt?

  • George


  • Snook


  • joeCanuck

    Mick’s Picks

  • dunreavynomore