The Economist – finger on the pulse.

I’ve subscribed to the Economist for twenty years. It’s wonderful on the Kurds in Turkey, the latest PNV election results in the Basque Country and anything happening in Quebec. Yesterday it gave us the honour of an article: The double act continues.
You get:
“In elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly on May 5th, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein consolidated their positions as the biggest unionist and nationalist party respectively. The DUP’s Peter Robinson (left) and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness (right) will continue as first minister and deputy first minister in the devolved executive. ”
We get:
“Meanwhile, in Wales, Labour performed strongly, narrowly failing to win an overall majority in the devolved Assembly”
Hmmm I was hoping for a little bit more…

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  • Mick, you may have been hoping but were you expecting? I wouldn’t have been. This election has offered little to hold the public’s interest here in NI so there’s little chance of it being of any interest outside of NI, where the vast majority of The Economist’s readership is.

    Our own press have struggled to provide essential reading, so I can understand why The Economist haven’t even tried.

  • Ahead of the game again , Dewi, literally.

    My subscription copy of the Economist doesn’t arrive until Saturday lunchtime.

    I know what you mean however; meanwhile is one of the greatest words ever coined and I bow to no one in my admiration of it. It has been a great servant to me over the years.

  • Dewi, I apologise for calling you Mick, by the way!

  • Dewi

    No worries Simpson it’s an honour!

  • Cynic2

    Can you blame it when this is ‘progress’ here

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13390951

    ” A County Antrim church has expelled its Girls’ Brigade (GB) company because it does not approve of GB activities.

    Whiteabbey Congregational Church recently adopted a new reformed constitution which restricts musical worship to unaccompanied psalms.

    Since the GB’s programme often includes dancing and popular music, they are unable to comply with the new regulations, and must leave the church.

    ……..

    Last March, the Whiteabbey congregation voted to amend its constitution, and bring it back into line with the Savoy Declaration of 1658, which established guidelines for puritan churches in England.

    The church considers all GB activities to fall under the category of worship, and as a result it does not tolerate singing, dancing or drama which is accompanied by music of any kind.”

    And if you are interested in this forward looking step we have enshrined in it

    “it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord; and therefore such as profess the true reformed religion, should not marry with infidels, Papists, or other idolaters”

    “any thing contrary to his Word, or not contained in it; so that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience; and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.”

    So that’s Human Rights, Freedom of Conscience, Equality AND the Girls Brigade consigned to the dustbin in Newtownabbey

  • Crubeen

    Cynic 2.

    “So that’s Human Rights, Freedom of Conscience, Equality AND the Girls Brigade consigned to the dustbin in Newtownabbey”

    Oh surely not! Is it not just the Whiteabbey Congregational Church that has committed this outrage. Do we know just how many members it has … in the low teens perhaps?

    I do take your two main points however – that there are still religious dinosaurs in our midst and that the BBC is hard pressed for news when it spills this drivel across the place.

    Martin has said that it is up to the Press to be the Opposition to the Stormont elite. Is this a good start … or what?

  • rhys

    ‘“Meanwhile, in Wales, Labour performed strongly, narrowly failing to win an overall majority in the devolved Assembly”
    Hmmm I was hoping for a little bit more…’

    The Economist has never given any ‘Welsh’ news, ever – and why on earth should it do so now, when we have demonstrated that we have less intelligence that an educationally-sub-normal cow? What scrapings we still get will now be removed and used to bribe Scotland, and serve us right, bloody grovelling clowns!

  • Dewi

    Rhys – you are a welcome addition to the Slugger community….