Tag Archives: Ian Parsley

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

…that the Good Friday Agreement was signed. 10th April 1998. It seems like yesterday but it is actually closer to one third of my life. Good Friday just happened to be the day that it was signed. There were intense … Continue reading

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Losing One Councillor Is Unfortunate…

For a political party to lose one councillor in one DEA is unfortunate. For a political party to lose two councillors in the same DEA looks downright careless. The party is the Alliance Party. These things happen of course. And it … Continue reading

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The Great East Belfast Alliance Party Selection Controversy

i cant say that I have seen much about the Alliance Party and East Belfast on Slugger O’Toole. And yet Naomi Long is their favourite politician. interesting to note that Judith Cochrane MLA has decided not to seek re-selection. She … Continue reading

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Michael Copeland Resigns From Assembly

Michael Copeland MLA (UUP) resigning from Assembly is interesting. The replacement will be more interestting as Copeland is unlikely to have jumped without having a good idea who his replacement might be. His wife, Sonia is an East Belfast councillor … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: South Belfast

The Results: South Belfast is a strange consituency. At Assembly level, the six seats are held by five different parties. The sixth seat is held by SDLP. Much has been made of the fact that Alasdair McDonnell has won the … Continue reading

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Poster Boys & Girls…#27 Stewart Dickson (Alliance)

25th April. Main Street, Larne. Stewart Dickson MLA, Alliance candidate in East Antrim. An Alliance veteran of a “churchy” Presbyterian background, Dickson was in local government and behind the scenes in Alliance until getting elected to Assembly in 2011. Will … Continue reading

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Poster Boys & Girls…#4 Paula Bradshaw (Alliance)

South Belfast. This Paula Bradshaw poster is at Tesco on Lisburn Road. In 2015, Ms Bradshaw is standing for the Alliance Party. In 2010 she stood for the UUP-Conservative nonsense. I cant speculate on the Party she will be representing … Continue reading

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Norn Iron’s Leading Political Couple?

It is now five years since Mrs Iris Robinson left Politics. She and husband Peter were both MPs and MLAs when she stepped down. The reason/s she left Politics need not concern us. They were for many years Norn Iron’s … Continue reading

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Norn Iron…The Musical

So….August. Its the Silly Season and over on Slugger O’Toole , Mick Fealty is making his annual appeal for a new flag for Norn Iron. Something with which we can all identify. I cant log in to Slugger and comment. … Continue reading

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Musical Chairs In South Belfast

All Politics is local. And sometimes even a bit personal. There are times when the “moderate” Alliance Party has had a reputation for in-fighting and shafting each other. Thats an interesting dimension to the fall-out from Lo-Gate. BBC News is … Continue reading

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