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2007-04-05 09:05
On returning from my short break, it is a matter of extreme pleasure to your humble scribe to get a nice plug from the estimable Mick Fealty over on Slugger. This has meant my site traffic g… Read More
2007-03-26 11:18
Sorry about the move to moderated comments, which I hope will only be temporary and shouldn’t slow things down too much. It’s a pain in the arse I know, but no more so than my cy… Read More
Uncle Andy Wins The Lotto
2007-03-23 12:20
So, apart from the main parties giving off that Gordo’s £1bn financial package for the North is much less than they expected, there has been some comment about the £1.2m gr… Read More
2007-03-22 16:59
If you live in Dún Laoghaire, you will in all probability be familiar with this character here. In fact, there isn’t a black-and-white poster goes up in Dún Laoghaire tha… Read More
2007-03-21 18:53
On the recurring theme of the GUBU nature of Northern politics, I couldn’t resist this story from the Beeb. It seems the Paisley family has commissioned a biopic of Big Ian, with Gary… Read More
2007-03-20 15:12
So, with the elections out of the way, attention now turns to the formation of an Executive. This is due to happen next Monday, and Big Ian is currently involved in a game of chicken with ou… Read More
The Old Firm Election, Part 3
2007-03-16 17:02
Whereat we cast a beady eye on the dissident republicans and go under the SEA with Captain EamoIn this final post on the Stormont election results, I want to take a look at the two forces as… Read More
2007-03-12 19:27
Provos make out like bandits as SDLP continues its slow deathMoving on to the nationalist side of the fence, there is no question but that this election has been a triumph for the Provos. If… Read More
2007-03-10 16:24
The judgement of the International Court of Justice in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Serbia and Montenegro is interesting in a number of respects, not least in how it knocks holes i… Read More
The Old Firm Election, Part 1
2007-03-10 15:10
Big Ian triumphant as the OUP crumbles in a pincer movement and the Cream Bun is toastHold onto your hats, because we’re going to be covering the North’s federal election in thre… Read More
2007-03-07 18:40
Just a few haphazard thoughts on the election, and on last weekend’s PSF Ard Fheis. Firstly, and I’ll get onto the southern situation in due course, was the Ard Fheis pledge on c… Read More
2007-03-07 18:12
In reviewing the West Belfast election addresses, I left out Diane Dodds of the DUP, on the grounds that I hadn’t seen hers. This is a stroke of good luck, because in fact Diane has ha… Read More
2007-03-06 19:08
Well, I have held my nose and procured Nick’s little book. From first impressions, it’s even worse than I feared. This is sad in a way, because a lot of Nick’s latter-day c… Read More
2007-02-27 19:52
I don’t know whether Norman Geras or Eve Garrard speak Yiddish. My guess would have to be not, as neither of them has much of a sense of irony. For proof, simply take a look at this do… Read More
2007-02-21 19:28
Just a brief stopgap post today, flagging up things that should be in my pending tray but are having to wait behind the flurry of local news. I may or may not get back to them later, but her… Read More
2007-02-20 15:15
Never let it be said that Northern nationalists have lost their knack for street politics. Although they have been fairly quiescent of late, Northern nationalists have a long and not easily… Read More
2007-02-19 12:34
Or rather, it doesn’t. One has so far failed to detect a wild upsurge of electoral enthusiasm from the broad masses of West Belfast. Nonetheless, the parties are well into the swing of… Read More
2007-02-16 20:21
Amidst all the excitement of the Stormont elections, one barely noticed footnote has been the appointment of Professor Paul Bew of Queens to the House of Lords. Lord Bew of Trenchcoat can th… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Courtesy of WorldbyStorm over on Cedar Lounge, my attention has been drawn to the extensive interview with long-time Workers Party leader Tomás Mac Giolla in the latest Magoo magazine… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
How does this balloon get so much work? I ask merely for information. At time of writing, Stephen Nolan has a daily show on Radio Ulster, a network show on Five Live and a TV show. At the cu… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Just a brief stopgap post today, and I assure you a longer piece will be along shortly as time and energy permit. I just wanted to say I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Kurt V… Read More

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