Monthly Archives: April 2012

Two SDLP Blogs

Good to see that there are some other SDLP-orientated Blogs out there. Ballycastle SDLP have a an excellent local Blog. ¬†http://ballycastlesdlp.wordpress.com/ And Daniel Hendrie who is a SDLP Representative in Ballymoney has set up a Blog at http://dhendriesdlp.wordpress.com/. Daniel is … Continue reading

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Is Blogging Inconsistent With Party Membership?

I have been blogging…off and on….for about five years. My constant inability to remember passwords has meant that I have moved sites a few times. But for the record this is the only “political” Blog, I have in Europe. I … Continue reading

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Too Many Blogs

The peerless Mick Fealty over at Slugger’s place reports a blog by Ian Parsley “politician, businessman and linguist” which is headlined “Why Are There Not More Nationalist Blogs?”. I have no idea. I remember when Ian Parsley’s blog was a … Continue reading

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Carlos Tevez……And The Alliance Party

At first glance, there is very little connexion between the Carlos Tevez, the Manchester City footballer and the Alliance Party. But actually they have a lot in common. Earlier this season, Tevez refused to go on to the pitch as … Continue reading

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Alliance Party Conference

Unfortunately I wont be at the Alliance Party Conference. The venue…La Mon Hotel in East Belfast/Castlereagh is not convenient. A pity. It promises to be almost interesting. In the past few months, things have started to go wrong for the … Continue reading

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From The Youth Team To The Senior Team

I have never been very good at getting the balance right between praising a young person and being patronising. But on the other hand, in three weeks time I will be a 60 year old….an aul fella……so I suppose I … Continue reading

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Clutching At (Jack) Straws

About a year ago one of the British Satellite Channels (More 4) showed a comedy entitled “The Trial of Tony Blair” with Robert Lindsay in the title role. It was of course a comedy…a satire…but Tony B Liar is now … Continue reading

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Ian Parsley & Zero Rates For Town Centres

Ian Parsley makes an eloquent case for zero rates on town centre retail businesses. He does not mention the Alliance Party. Coincidently the new Alliance Chair is Glyn Roberts, CEO of the Norn Iron Independent Retailers Consortium. Perhaps they can … Continue reading

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Square Pegs….Round Holes….Local Politics

I am going thru a lot of Nostalgia over the past few weeks. Lots of reasons. In three weeks, I will be sixty years old. And it should not actually be any more different than any previous birthday. It concentrates … Continue reading

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Rev Ray Davey RIP

I am saddened by the death of Ray Davey, the Presbyterian Minister who was one of the founders of the Corrymeela Community. My wife was also there in the early days. Ray was a Minister of the Broadway Church on … Continue reading

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