Slugger O’Toole And West Belfast

Is it cos Im from West Belfast? (as Ali G might have said).
Slugger O’Toole’s obvious dislike for James Kelly and Mairead Corrigan…couldnt be anything to do with them both being from West Belfast…could it?
No …there would need to be a pattern.
Well…Gerry Adams is from West Belfast.
Does Slugger like Gerry Adams?
Im guessing that they dont.
Mairtin O’ Muilleoir? Hmmm I dont think so.
So is that four from West Belfast they dont like?
Well maybe.
Does Slugger like ME? Im from West Belfast.
I dont think they do. Id be mortified if they do like me.

So could that be a pattern?
Probably the wrong question.
Maybe Quintin Oliver is from West Belfast. Slugger likes him. If only everyone could be like Quintin.

Questions. Questions. The only real answer is…Lima. So they say.

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26 Responses to Slugger O’Toole And West Belfast

  1. factual says:

    Tina McKenzie (NI21) is from West Belfast.

  2. factual says:

    Regarding West Belfast, wouldn’t ayou agree…..

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  3. hoboroad says:

    Basil wasn’t to great on Spotlight last night was he? Arlene was on pulling faces as per usual. Mr Eastwood from the SDLP was quite good but didn’t get as much time to speak as the others. Mr McWilliams from Dublin was okay. Why does Eamonn McCann and his partner get so much airtime on the BBC?

  4. factual says:

    Eamonn Mallie tweeted “@BBCSpotlight. ..quality quality discussion driven by presence of G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Outstanding local television broadcasting.”

    I think he is getting at the following point: it wasn’t the old politics, they were discussing more interesting things.

    NI politicos (and the audience members can be the worst) can be very parochial discussing really boring things .

  5. factual says:

    Arlene Foster seems to be doing very well – she seems to be highly regarded.

    Ms F. O’Connor – the highly regarded writer – stated her admiration of Arlene foster on Inside Politics last Friday.

    I estimate that she is the lead contender for the DUP and I think it would potentially be very good for unionism and indeed NI.

  6. factual says:

    I thought it was encouraging that the audience in the NI studio were generally mature, and able to discuss world as opposed to parochial issues.

    • bangordub says:

      Factual, read that comment you made again.
      “I thought it was encouraging that the audience in the NI studio were generally mature, and able to discuss world as opposed to parochial issues.”
      No matter how you present that, it is breathtakingly arrogant and patronising. That is my view. If I am wrong please explain why?

      • factual says:

        I meant it in an encouraging way.

        Very often the studio audiences north of the border are focussed on narrow and parochial issues – this road is a “protestant” or a “catholic” road and so forth – and in contrast the Spotlight audience was more outward looking than that, discussing bigger world issues. Hope that clarifies.

    • bangordub says:

      Factual,
      has it occurred to you that encouragment, as you phrase it, comes across as a slightly patronising and somewhat ridiculous stance from a perspective which has no idea of the realities north of the border?

      • This is meant for Factual’s post above. If ever we doubted the management of these audiences, the infamous Nolan (sorry for mentioning him Fjh. Glad there are no yellow cards here) Invasion of the Fleggers confirms it.

        Listening to the Beeb’s 2 phone in programmes also confirms that reasonable debate is not wanted, with reasonable callers regularly being cut off in their prime to make ways for Billy/Seamy Ranter, much as Fjh says about Slugger.

      • Well really its the same tactic.
        Stephen Nolan can get away with being a man of reason because of Billy and Seamie Ranter.
        AndMick gets to show the Guardian that hes a reasonable man because of the crazier commenters(sp).
        He doesnt need the likes of me.

        I daresay that I wont be getting any Stratagem-sponsored award from Slugger O’Toole
        Because I am a very very unreasonable person.
        I cant think of any other reason.

  7. bangordub says:

    Can we do a thread on Holywood?

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