Monthly Archives: December 2013

It May Not Be A Cross- Community Carol Service…

It may not be a Cross-Community Carol Service…but I like to think of it as MY kinda LetsGetAlongerism. Cliftonville Football Club versus Linfield Football Club. It is not a promising start is it? Kafflick-supported Reds versus Praddistant-supported Blues. Nationalist versus … Continue reading

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So Farewell Then Glyn Roberts

Well that didnt last long. Just ten days after being appointed to the Parades Commission…salary £22,000 per annum…Glyn Roberts, the Chief Executive of the Independent Retailers Federation has resigned from the Commission. Why? There was some speculation (this Blog passim) … Continue reading

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Haassta La Vista Baby!

So farewell then Dr Richard Haass. And his charming assistant, Professor Meghan O’Sullivan. As I write this…almost 1pm on 23rd December there is no agreement on “Flags, Parades and The Past”. Two questions. Was there ever likely to be one … Continue reading

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New Fleg?

You can never have enough Flegs. Especially in Bonfire Season. So a new Fleg for Norn Iron.? I suspect it will be designed by a Protestant Boy and a Catholic Girl from an Integrated Education-type School. Alternatively it might be … Continue reading

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Congratulations Glyn Roberts

Glynn or is it Glynn (could not be arsed checking) is a familiar face at Conferences (not just SDLP) that I have attended in the past few years. He is generally to be found in the Exhibition area with his … Continue reading

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Mandela

What can you say about Nelson Mandela? I think it depends on your age. It is generational. You might be 21…31…41…51. Or you might be 61 as I am and a “news junkie” and “political anorak” for half a century. … Continue reading

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LetsGetAlongerists…Progressives?

I note Ian Parsley (formerly Alliance Party, then Unionist-Tory, now Alliance again) is talking about a third pillar in Norn Iron Politics. Mr Parsley calls these people “Progressives”. Are these the people that I have been known to describe as … Continue reading

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Naomi Long: 2015 Election

Can naomi Long hold East Belfast? Mick Fealty tweets wondering whether it will be more difficult than generally assumed for the DUP to take back the East Belfast seat from Naomi Long. (Westminster). Mick is right but so long as … Continue reading

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Peace Journalism? LetsWriteAlongerism?

Interesting seminar on “Peace Journalism” at QUB on Friday. Hosted by Dr John Brewer and sponsored by the Community Relations Council. The main problem is that “Peace Journalism” seems like a good idea but is so nebulous that nobody, seemed … Continue reading

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