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    Rolling thread for chat and various bits & pieces.

    http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourking...rthern-ireland

    I’m working in rural Scotland at the moment and I ring home often. My dad and my granddad often say “nothing ever happens here” by the end of the first minute of the call. Given the incuriosity of the UK media when it comes to Northern Ireland, most could be forgiven for thinking the same thing. This year, my small home town has seen a failed post-office bombing and played a walk-on part in the tainted meat scandal. While we have a tendency to wryly downplay our place in things, we have much to report.

    The ‘peace’ government at Stormont is bearing the bitter fruit (less bitter than war of course) of institutionalised sectarianism. The official power-sharing party system, working on mutual veto and ingrained distrust, is selectively mute, incoherent and confounding. In the vacuum, grim neoliberal orthodoxy and senior civil servants reign supreme.

    In the poorest communities, in Greater Belfast, in Derry, in Strabane, in depressed semi-rural pockets all over, austerity seasons the seething of forgotten and dismissed areas. The reinstatement of the Poor Law system (aka ‘Welfare Reform’) will hit Northern Ireland harder than any other region of the UK. The physical and mental scars of a multi-generational, low-intensity civil war are treated as almost immaterial to the desecration of disability-related benefits.
    meanwhile I can't tell if the 1916 reference here is just baiting for clicks

    http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-s...rder-1.1573350

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    Callers into a BBC Northern Ireland programme were asked to comment on Stormont’s failure to move towards equal marriage for same sex couples, with some callers, and a Presbytarian Reverend featured on the show, saying that being gay should be made illegal.
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/10/31...28Pink+News%29

    Any demand for a general Nolan show thread?
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    Rolling thread for chat and various bits & pieces.
    http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourking...rthern-ireland
    Good one. Thanks.

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    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Some interesting bits of news:

    Willie Frazer planning to push procession of beds past Ardoyne shops
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...-29733923.html

    7,500 apply for 100 jobs in PSNI, 30% of candidates coming from Catholic backgrounds.

    http://www.u.tv/News/7500-apply-for-...1-c8624f4eeaff
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    Winkie Irving of the PUP is the balaclavered UVF head.


    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/su...-29725284.html
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Winkie Irving of the PUP is the balaclavered UVF head.


    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/su...-29725284.html
    Winkie, the Policing Board member, in rioting mode ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    Winkie, the Policing Board member, in rioting mode ...


    And part of the "radical" PUP.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    And part of the "radical" PUP.
    Indeed ... the sticks were particularly enamoured.

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    Poots - perfect minister for the land time forget

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...onist-anti-gay


    Northern Ireland can sometimes seem like a place where time has stood still. Perhaps those of us outside of the six counties willed it to stop in 2007, when the Democratic Unionist party and Sinn Féin took power together. Ian Paisley became first minister and Martin McGuinness his deputy, and we were introduced to the Chuckle Brothers, who took over from the fundamentalist demagogue and the IRA commander who had once used those names

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    The peace process was about pulling the extremes into the mainstream, and now the extremes are the mainstream. On the Unionist side, that means the traditional power of the Ulster Unionist party has been utterly usurped by the religious reformist zeal of the Democratic Unionist party.

    The presence of religious zealots such as Poots in government is a direct consequence of the peace process. Exhaustion with conflict and a desire for peace meant that social issues such as women's and gay rights became secondary in an atmosphere where equality is discussed solely in terms of religious and cultural background. Once we officially sanction identity as the prime force in politics, then the people professing to be the truest manifestation of any identity gain credibility.

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    Deadly last line:

    He is walking, talking proof that, not only did dinosaurs exist, they still do, in a land that time forgot.

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    From the broadsheet lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffybiscuits View Post
    From the broadsheet lol

    They have formed a new joint organisation ... DDACC (Drug Dealers Against Common Crims.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lord View Post
    DDACC (Drug Dealers Against Common Crims.)

    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=102848

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