Northern Ireland. We’re happy, happy, happy, apparently…

I loved the report on UTV last night where they went to Antrim town to interview the happy inhabitants there: ‘Happy? Sure there;s nothing here!” Phew, that’s what I thought too. At guess I would say there’s two factors. One, people in Northern Ireland still adhere to family and friendship structures in a way that’s less common in Britain. And, notwithstanding what’s about to happen, the cuts agenda has been much kinder to NI than elsewhere.

Greater stability in social structure and in economic outlook doesn’t necessarily equal greater happiness, but it cannot not help Northern Ireland be the happiest place in the UK

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