Nelson’s up for an Irish award

Suddenly it’s the middle of awards season with the IFTAs, BAFTAs and Slugger Awards over, and with the OSCARs and Irish Blog Awards only round the corner. A small number of NI-based blogs have been nominated in the political category of the Irish Blog Awards, including Splintered Sunrise, Politics NI and Slugger O’Toole. Open Unionism makes it to the Best Post category (the post’s link has changed). But Nelson McCausland’s blog The Minister’s Pen Nelson’s View stands out as the …

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Catholic Church: the lobby and its fear of the public square

It has to be the strangest pairing in the Blogosphere, but my old Telegraph colleague, Damian “the blood-crazed ferret” Thompson has taken rather a shine to old Splintered lately… mostly for his acute observation of the politics of the high end of the English Catholic Church… Almost at random here’s a particularly interesting snippet on their modus operandi as seen by Splintered: Lobbying ministers is fine, but lobbying ministers at the expense of any other methods, like, oh, making a public …

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