Author Archive | Mick Fealty

“Talking up the frailty of our peace for political capital is deeply insulting, opportunist and obscenely inaccurate…”

When you’re all quite finished laughing at the mendacious cartoon stereotyping of “the oul Orange deal”, here’s a more sobering analysis of why that money is needed, Michael Hugh Walker: The idea that our peace is so fragile diminishes the losses the generation before me suffered and disregards the investment in a terror-free existence that more…

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A good reason to return to Stormont? “What have Sinn Fein ever got you? Nothing.”

Here’s a revealing exchange between LBC’s liberal shock jock James O’Brien and ex-Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers: James O’Brien (JOB): How can Westminister observe rigorous impartiality to the political traditions in Northern Ireland when it is writing a seven-figure cheque for one side. Theresa Villiers (TV): The package of financial support is for more…

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Dodds: “We will work to see an end to the dark tunnel of austerity…”

Interesting line from Nigel Dodds, who leads the DUP at Westminster… The Belfast North MP said the economic outlook of Northern Ireland would be “easier to predict” with “stable” government both in Belfast and Westminster. He told MPs: “The electorate sent a very clear message to politicians about austerity at the election, and I think more…

SDLP leader anticipates the Con-DUP money bonus…

This just in from Colum Eastwood (see how many of Richard Bullick’s points you can spot?): The talks in London are clearly undermining the talks here.  We need a resolution to that uncertainty so that we can get on with the job of getting the deal done here. The chaotic talks between the DUP and the more…

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Some thoughts on running an award winning blog for 15 years…

15 years ago, near the start of June, I started Slugger. It was one of two or three blogs I started that year. One was an Irish language blog, another on theatre-in-the-round, but Slugger was the one that endured and found its focus and purpose first. It started as a Letter to Slugger O’Toole the more…

Gerry Adams lodges a cheap “10p Each Way Double” on Arlene bringing home the DUP bacon…

There’s some serious guff coming out of London journalism at the moment with, surprisingly to me Matthew D’Acona being one of the worst offenders. But Stephen Bush has seen what most of his colleagues have blatantly missed: Thanks to the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, “confidence votes” have been explicitly drawn to exclude votes on the more…

Queens speech delayed whilst negotiations continue…

The BBC’s Norman Smith… …the decision to delay it revealed an “ambiguity” about what would go in it – with several manifesto pledges expected to be watered down or dropped – but also the need for the Tories to “nail down” DUP support. A defeat for its Queen’s Speech would be tantamount to a vote more…

Ground war is the only game in Northern Ireland this time out…

We’ve had a lot of speculation on Slugger about how the election will go. The biggest thing in the favour of the two major parties is the fact there’s been no air war. If anything, it slightly favours the DUP in that most of the damage in March was self administered by the former First Minster. more…

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“56 per cent of Northern Irish electors who voted remain could end up underrepresented in Brexit debates”

Fascinating developments across the water in this election. My old mucker from Daily Telegraph days, Robert Colvile points out that it arises less from a failure of Tories, but more from a general consolidation of opposition voters behind Labour in England (and the SNP in Scotland). What has actually transformed the race is not the more…

In Defence Of Democracy From Sneering Media Types…

Outside the liberal echo chamber that sees peril in almost anything hoving in from the right, here’s a considered note of sanity from Jeremy Paxman: “I don’t like these media class sneerings about Trump,” Paxman said. “I don’t share his politics on many things, but he was elected on that cockamamie system that they’ve got. more…