Monthly Archives: August 2011

Patsy McGlone…Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Man.

On 1st August 2011, Patsy McGlone, SDLP Deputy Leader and MLA for Mid Ulster announced his intention to stand for the Party Leadership in November. I support him. It is hard not to feel sorry for Margaret Ritchie who was … Continue reading

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Joining, Leaving and Re-Joining SDLP

I was thinking about how I joined the SDLP in June 1973, how I left it in 1981-82 and about the circumstances in which I might re-join it in 2011, SDLP has “lost” a lot of members …good members over … Continue reading

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Professional Politics Is A Very Bad Thing.

I wonder if being “good” at Politics is actually a Virtue. It is at best a devious kinda game and its probably a bigger virtue NOT to be good at it. Id rather have an amateur politician than a “professional” … Continue reading

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GAA and the Police: Outreach

I was also at a Gaelic Athletic Association event in a local club (not my own) today. Tournament for underage teams under 8 under 10 etc. All the kids received a black goody  bag with the the slogan “Be Social Dont be Anti-Social”. … Continue reading

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The Media in “Northern Ireland” : Newspapers

Essentially there are three Daily Newspapers in Norn Iron. The News Letter deserves to be mentioned first. It is the oldest English language daily newspaper, having been first published in 1737. It was the first European newspaper to report the … Continue reading

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Another Crisis For Catholic Church In Ireland

On Sunday & Monday of this week I attended three funerals (ie three in 26 hours) which may sound like a movie script where I am played by Hugh Grant. It did however give an insight into three very different … Continue reading

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The Blogosphere, Blaggersphere And The Czar of Russia

I am not a bit fan of the Blogosphere. Nobody over 35 should take it seriously. All the Blogosphere really is ….is rather eccentric individuals with far too much time on our hands typing away with a maximum of three … Continue reading

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