#SluggerReport – Proposed HIU just another round of ‘Beggar Thy Neighbour’ distraction?

A blessed return to audioboom for this morning’s Slugger Report which includes the main feature on the hoo haa over the ‘news’ HIU that the the British want to wield the censor’s ‘blue pen’ alongside Sinn Fein and the DUP. Confirming that a good idea once again has been ruined by a combination of false promise and design by committee.

It’s a great example of politicians promising to do what they can never afford to let their rivals do to them. Another round of “Beggar Thy Neighbour”. In the meantime, the much simpler things they could do for victims and the vast majority of those directly unaffected by the Troubles remain undone.

The idea that the British were ever going to devolve their ‘nationalist interest’ to Stormont politicians is risible.

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