McGuinness on the importance of contention and dialogue…

It went hard with me that the end piece on the (excellent) UTV report on the Slugger Awards last week ended on a stalled video of the deputy First Minister… I’d given him a pretty deadpan intro to the effect that we’d often given his party a hard time on Slugger but in the certainty that he had a good riposte… He did, but technical difficulties beat us on the night… There is always a danger that when you do something like an awards ceremony for politicians that you will be seen to being trying to embrace people whom you should perhaps more properly hold at a distance… That may or may not be a calculable risk… But for now here’s Martin McGuinness on the importance of contention and dialogue that Slugger so often strives for and sometimes (if only fitfully) manages to pull off…

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