And at the heel of the hunt we are suffering from crisis fatigue…

Nice piece of sampling from Malachi on a Belfast street. I’d say it added up to a quiet approval of the Policing and Justice deal, a degree of ignorance of what it was all about, and probably most worrying from a professional politicians point of view, a strong feeling of general disengagement from the whole show up at Stormont…

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  • scarecrow

    A crisis? Aye of looking for something to blog about.

  • Mick Fealty

    Not every day is a 15 blogs a day day… 😉

  • Greenflag

    ‘and probably most worrying from a professional politicians point of view, a strong feeling of general disengagement from the whole show up at Stormont’

    Had Malachi done his ‘sampling’ on the streets of Dublin, London or Washington DC he’d have heard similar responses .

    Was it ever any different ? or was there ever a time when people were more or less gullible than they are today ?

    I actually found those Belfast responses truthful and positive at least from a longer term ‘political’ peace perspective .

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Consequences thats what NI politicians need.

    The British goverment in conjunction with the Irish goverment and the Americans and possibly Europe have to have some system where there are positive consequences for those that make a deal and stick to a deal and the spirit of a deal.

    There must be negative consequences for those that do not do as above.

    Why would the children (NI politicians) improve their behaviour without consequences.

    But alas are the children spoilt beyond redemption.

  • Driftwood

    and the Americans and possibly Europe have to have some system where there are positive consequences for those that make a deal and stick to a deal and the spirit of a deal.

    There must be negative consequences for those that do not do as above.

    With 1 exception of course…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/state-of-denial-robert-fisk-searches-for-peace-in-israel-1895568.html

    And could Tony Blair help? And here I suspect my heart might warm to Youssef – as indeed it does. “He is a very hypocritical man. He says something one day and the next day he says something else.” There, indeed, lies the man we watched speaking before the Chilcott inquiry a few days ago.

    And of course, it all boils down to this. The Israeli-Arab conflict is about land. It is about colonies and walls and about bi-national states and two states and – in the end – about who has power.

    And the consequences are a lot bigger.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins

    The Israeli conflict is with the Palestinians because if it was with all the Arabs…the Saudi’s could threaten to shut off their oil to the US and Europe…and the game is over. The Arabs have a vested interest in keeping the Israeli’s busy with the Palestinians…cause it keeps the Israeli’s away from them.

    As for sinn fein and the dup…they have become addicted to crisis management and having everyone wait around for them to come up with an other agreement. The proof is in the pudding as they say and of course since it’s the north…the proof is in how the parades go off. Until then people see it that sinn fein and dup politicans are getting paid and have a cushy life style and keep telling the press how hard they work.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    It sounds like he used the voices of Actors or possibly conducted his interviews outside Queens University .
    Of course…the man who claims never to have voted hardly sounds like typical of the non voter.
    David Ervine referred to East Belfast as having a high percentage of young men with no aspirations (same as Tower Hamlets). Young men in West Belfast steal cars to joyride and they have no stake in the community either. Just like Ballymun in Dublin.
    But perhaps as well as an UNDERCLASS….with no stake in the community we have an OVERCLASS of cynics…..whether in Islington, Dublin 4 or a stretch of road between Botanic Railway Station and Rugby Road where our own Great and Good hang out.
    Our own commentators….Malachi, Suzanne, Newt, Eamonn…..as a sign of their fame they only have one name. A bit like Madonna and Cher.
    …..they are the ones who provide the cynicism.
    Along of course with our “comedians” like Jake O’Kane.
    That the politicians are evil and the ordinary man/woman in the street is incredibly stupid for voting for them.
    Er……but not so stupid as to be credited with amazing insight if Malachi shoves a microphone at them and invites them to share his enlightened cynicism with the entire Blogosphere.

  • ardmaj55

    Panic [[4] ‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth is a thankless child’ is an apt saying, which comes from Shakespeare. Not that I studied him, I got that from the ‘House of Cards’ TV series.
    This marching nonsense doesn’t go on anywhere else in Europe to the extent in numbers and indulgence by the State of bigotry that it does here.

  • Greenflag

    kathy C,

    ‘they have become addicted to crisis management and having everyone wait around for them to come up with an other agreement.’

    If you hire people who look good in a crisis and benefit from same then you can expect many more crises long as they are with the company 😉

    NI is, given it’s contentious and cantankerous political history very well suited to becoming known as ‘The Never Ending Crisis ‘ which is probably another reason for the ‘disengagement’ Malachi above found in his sampling .

    NI’s never ending story in it’s modern manifestation (1969-2010) is only outlived by the Arab Israeli ‘story’ , and the North Korea/South Korea face off but to it’s credit, NI and it’s eternal self navel gazing politics (1969-2010) is now tied with the Cold War (1950-1991) for longevity and is likely to exceed the latter soon enough .

  • Its a case of the wolves crying wolf.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Posted by Bavarian Orange Orde said

    ” 10.Its a case of the wolves crying wolf. ”

    Nicely put.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Reply to Driftwood (5) above.

    I am guessing that you are suggesting that even the Leaders of America, Europe and Britain are also children.

    And Children cannot give the smaller children all the help and guidance that they need.

    At least some of the time one parent must make a stand and say that this is the way its got to be and stick with it for as long a time as they can command.

  • Greenflag the real point is these crises have been manufactured, in reality there was no real crises, what is different today than it was a month ago, nothing of substance, life goes on as it did before.

    This rubbish will continue to be a never ending show until either the main participants are removed from office by the electorate or one of the party’s says no, we are not playing this daft game anymore.

    When they come out after the big show and claim to have solved ‘the crises’ no one now even gives them a round of applause, which basically means for the electorate the game is up.

    But being the mockney non existent democracy the north is, I fear this never ending farce will be showing somewhere near you for the foreseeable future and how pathetic is that.

  • Greenflag

    Mickhall ,

    It is pathetic but look on the bright side – it could be worse .

    Crying wolf is not a game that can be played too often – assuming the wolf fails to put in an appearance .

  • Greenflag

    LOL 😉