Archive | April, 2009

Barry resignation from Green Party Executive

In news they probably didn’t want public during the Euro Election campaign…………… John Barry, co-chair of the Green Pary NI, has resigned from their party Executive due to disagreements with Downpatrick Cllr Cadogan Enright. A Facebook posting (now deleted), that John has confirmed was meant to be a private message to Lindsay Whitcroft, reveals he more…

“All three have since taken up new ‘peace and reconciliation’ roles.”

Ahead of today’s court ruling on the decision to cut public funding of the Conflict Transformation Initiative the Irish News brought news of three of the scheme’s more prominent employees – one of whom can be seen here. From the Irish News [subs req] Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the Conflict Transformation Initiative’s (CTI) more…

A confusing poll on Europe – but does it matter?

The elections for the European Parliament in June will inevitably be regarded a referendum on the performance of governments coping with recession. This is a pity, and will create great confusion over public attitudes on the future of the Europe. Even in the Republic where the EU has a much bigger profile than in the more…

“The error in this case is procedural..”

The BBC report that, after lengthy consideration, Mr Justice Morgan has overturned the decision by NI Social Development Minister, the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie, to cut public funding to the UDA-linked Conflict Transformation Initiative. Mr Justice Morgan said he was satisfied the issue had come before the Stormont cabinet, with a determination made on how it more…

Why are income levels higher in the developed world?

Over at Cafe Hayek they’ve been exploring a question they feel would make an excellent question for a final economics exam. Prompted by another bloggers experience of working in the peace corps in Nepal, the question is – Why does a spectacularly intelligent and resourceful person in Nepal earn spectacularly less than a lazy untalented more…

Follow your candidates on the web…

KEITH Anderson has a rather handy guide to how the European candidates are making their presence known on the internet, with links to their blogs, Twitterings, Facebook pages and Flickr accounts. (Just noticed I’m being ‘followed’ by Bairbre de Brun. *glances over shoulder*)

Conservatives lead Labour by 105 seats

For those of you who obsess over elections check out electoral calculus. Should there be a general election tomorrow the Conservatives would be returned with a majority of 18 and a lead of 105 seats over Labour according to the current poll (as of 30th April 2009). It would be interesting to see what the more…

“The situation continues to evolve rapidly.”

According to the BBC report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the global pandemic alert to 5 [of 6], noting human-to-human transmission in at least two countries, after officials in Spain confirmed the first case of swine flu in a person who has not travelled to Mexico – WHO swine influenza website currently says more…

Death by 100 cuts - the latest from a kukri knife

Death by 100 cuts – the latest from a kukri knife

The picture looks ominous for Gordon Brown. The two opposition leaders together flanking the victorious Joanna- the shape of politics to come, perhaps? I still think Gordon Brown has a sporting chance of election victory if the turndown turns up quicker than the jeremiahs think, but the odds are lengthening – longer even than 66 more…

Smart Alex

Smart Alex

OK, Slugger is about NI politics and culture, I’m from there and this is culture and..damn! the Times has stiffened my resolve and made me stretch a point – (sorry, just can’t help the doubles entendres ) . As the piece says: “ Keeley Hawes’ Eighties detective in Ashes to Ashes is so straightforwardly fabulous more…

An unsung hero of cooperation from East Belfast

[This is taken from A Note from the Next Door Neighbours, the monthly e-bulletin of Andy Pollak, Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh and Dublin] George Newell is a community worker in a deprived area of East Belfast. He is also well-known in Drogheda, Monaghan and Donegal for the large numbers more…

“in relation to matters held sacred by any religion..”

Future Taoiseach spotted this first and noted the suggested amendment by Labour Justice spokesman Pat Rabbitte. The Irish Times reports that the Irish government’s Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern proposes to insert a new section into the Defamation Bill, stating: “A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and more…

How do we protect the younger generations?

How the party’s are using Flickr…

CC Cédric Puisney Okay, it’s only day two, but here’s a wee round up of how our political parties are doing with their Flickr accounts… Not sure what’s going on here with The Greens (whoops, here it is now)… The DUP have been documenting an on-the-road campaign that their candidate Diane Dodds has been on more…

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“Our people may be British, but our cows are Irish…”

Who would say such an outrageous thing? Ian Paisley, of course… Jonathan Powell has some brief thoughts on the significance of the mutual membership of the EU for Ireland and the UK: The border between Ireland and the UK just came to mean much less once we were both in the EU. This was particularly more…

“Our forecasts suggest that Ireland’s economy will contract by around 14 per cent..”

Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell spotted the Irish Times coverage of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Quarterly Economic Commentary on the Irish economy. But Cian at Irish Election, who also notes an article bemoaning gloomy forecasts, has the money quote from ESRI economist Dr Alan Barrett. Dr Barrett’s scepticism of the Irish government’s National more…

Lady Hermon for the sack?

Over on Tory Story NI author Seymour Major is calling for the UUP’s sole MP, Lady Hermons head if she does not fall in line with the new regime. A question being asked by many is: will she stay or will she go? Her absence was once again noticed at the party’s AGM on Saturday more…

Tesco, Unionism and GAA children

Following on from yesterday’s blog on the 125th anniversary of the GAA, the BBC is reporting that children bag-packers from St Comghall’s GAC were told to remove club shirts at Tesco in Antrim “after a number of very vociferous complaints both in person and on the phone, including one from a political representative regarding the more…