Sinn Fein has the chance to be the biggest Northern Ireland party at Westminster this year

I wrote this piece for the Sunday Business Post last week. Some took it as a prediction that Sinn Fein will take their seats at Westminster. That’s not what I’m saying – in fact, the reference to fantasy politics at the beginning gives an indication of how likely I believe that move will be. However, I can’t quite fathom why Sinn Fein seems unwilling to cross this particular rubicon. Perhaps the party feels the need to hold on to at …

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After Haass: Risk of growing local disputes into toxic regional problems

I’ve got my iPhone beside me as I write. I’m writing on my laptop. But if I break off and have a spare moment later I can pick up this article on the iPhone and continue working. I use the little thing for calls, texting, taking photos, taking video, editing video, video conferencing, scanning articles, as an internet connection for my laptop, GPS navigation, and – of course – surfing the internet. I can use my fingerprint to unlock it, …

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Politics Show and Webcast

Thanks to all of you who submitted comments and questions in advance of Sunday’s Politics Show and Monday’s webcast. I note the ongoing debate about the BBC’s election guidelines and editorial policy, but it is not one that I can join in this forum. I hope some of you noticed your questions popping up on Sunday’s programme, and if you haven’t seen the webcast you can watch it at any time on demand. The highlight is possibly George Weiss’s contribution …

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Politics Show and Webcast

Calling all political junkies. If you haven’t had enough of the election yet, I just wanted to tip you off about two upcoming BBC events. Sunday’s Politics Show is a full hour-long local programme. We’ll have three main debates: one within unionism (including Bob McCartney), another within nationalism, and a third with all the main parties including Alliance. If you have any nuggets you think I should explore with the parties please post your suggestions. Then on Monday I’m hosting …

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