Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Kicking off, with Remembrance Day, Chekov says that the Tom Hartley’s snub of the Cenotaph is an indication of a backward trajectory from Sinn Fein’s previous position under Alex Maskey… Meanwhile O’Neill remembers a bloody November in 1987 along with the Bono’s F*ck the Revolution ‘speech’ in Colorado on the same day… And in Writer’s Square they remembered Irish veterans of the Spanish Civil War…- Meanwhile, on reading Dennis Bradley in the Irish News, Horseman is convinced a DUP capitulation is worth a punt on a raft of issues (both pick up a doctrine Robinson first espoused in 1987

– Mairtin picks up on a comprehensive report on the state of dissident republicanism from David McKitterick, but is not keen on the inference from the Cheif Constable that the current political vacuum is only feeding lawlessness in Republican areas…

– Damien picks up a bizarre little episode in Miriam Lord’s review column in the Irish Times. I’d read Miriam’s piece, but not the reaction of Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes to Paul Gogarty’s extraordinary dumb show protest. Mental health is mentioned. But here’s the fuller quote from Hayes than the one used on

“Everyone knows Paul Gogarty is the original rebel without a clue but I’m seriously beginning to worry for his mental health as he continues to lead a double life. It’s extremely rare to see one person play both good cop and bad cop but Gogarty is managing to pull it off.”

– In Northern Ireland, and the Cedar Lounge notes, the Cervical Cancer vaccine is freely available under a UK wide provision. Mary Harney under the constraints of the recent budget is being compelled to drop plans she only announced in August. A private vaccine will cost you a cool €600 in the south, whilst it’s free to those parents who don’t object north of the border. United Irelander is not impressed

– Just 53 shopping days to save south Dublin’s retail sector by closing the border with Northern Ireland (Note there are rumours of UK bring VAT down to 12.5%):

Our political leaders (I know, don’t laugh, it’s rude) have called on consumers to be more patriotic and shop ‘local’. Nevertheless the same geniuses have decided to increase the vat rate in December to 21.5% because [ ]. Sorry, I meant to write in a rational explanation at the end of that sentence but for the life of me I can’t think of one.

– On Glenrothes, Stephen was at the count and is puzzled. 45 minutes after the polls closed:

…I hadn’t recorded the Nats ahead in any box that I was looking at nor did my nearest colleagues. Indeed as the initial surge of activity ended not one of us could recall any major SNP dominance. Yet the Nats were still adamantly proclaiming “Yes we can”, yes we have and yes we will in the media section that was over my shoulder. More strangely the press and Labour were also believing them.

– Euan gives five reasons why Labour won, and most of them are ‘street to street local’…

– Malc reckons people are much more willing to vote SNP in Scottish as opposed to Westminster election and local incumbency in the councils made them easier to run against than in Glasgow East…

– Ideas of Civilisation has a very useful piece of analysis on the challenges now facing the SNP. In particular he takes them to task for complaining that Labour “was overly negative and that it concentrated on Scottish/local issues rather than Westminster matters.”:

In the first case this is back to the incumbency issue the SNP must contend with; they will now be judged on their actions rather than rhetoric, and this might put them in uncomfortable positions at times. And the latter point is simply mind boggling, unless the SNP are suggesting in future that Alex Salmond et al will restrict themselves to talking about devolved issues only.

– Calum’s almost speechless, and this guy’s almost apoplectic

– And it’s all over for Lembit