Come on BBC NI give us the bad news on our beaches…?

So, here’s what the listeners to Radio 4 got this morning on the new Good Beach guide report, picking out Northern Ireland as a noteable weak point in the overall UK figures…

Then this from BBC NI… Northern Ireland beaches’ water quality ‘acceptable’… Clearly good news elsewhere has meant lots of detail on a general improvement which (tellingly perhaps) relies on a drop in rainfall and a concomitant in the total outflow from surface water sewage…

This is certainly bad news from a tourist point of view (even if there is a nugget of good in there for Newcastle), but it also hints at further structural problems in the water system, which clearly need to be addressed…

Like the proverbial falling tree in the forest, if sees it then it hasn’t happened…

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