This week’s blog column from Bel Tel…

25 05 2010

My round up of the blogging week (plus gigantic cranium) can be found on the Bel Tel website here. Have pasted it up below as well…

PS. On a personal note, the below represents the first time I’ve ever been able to use the phrase ‘bat fellatio’ in an intro. So it’s a big moment for me.

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Greatest load of aul’ Balls…

24 05 2010

The Lib-Con coalition issued their proposal to remove £6 billion worth of public spending.

Sounds alot? Here’s some perspective.

Ed Balls was Gordon Brown’s No2 in Treasury and Cabinet for the past 13 years. And he wants to be Gordon’s successor. Here’s his response:

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Need to cut something? Get rid of that damn crane…

24 05 2010

The Alliance Party prides itself on calling it like they sees it. They employ that approach in everything they do – from policy analysis all the way down to how they caption their photographs on flickr.

Consider the big policy story of the day: the new UK coalition government is planning to cut £700 million from the block grants in devolved regions.

Tough call, where do you start? Perhaps Slasher Osborne should look no further than the Alliance flickr account.

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Debating an all island economy

23 05 2010

Check out the debate on an all-island economy from O’Conall Street.

Conall was right to voice his frustration in the Chamber. This needed a proper debate. Of the people I speak to, all are looking at ways to get the most out of an all-island economy (which is out there whether Gregory Campbell likes it or not).

Some MLAs couldn’t agree to every word of the motion. Okay – but where was the common ground? How could we get better return out of the time everyone invested in Monday’s debate?

It’s always better to explore possibilities than to close them off. Especially in the present climate.





Here’s me, wha!?

23 05 2010

The Bobballs ‘Here’s Me Wha?’ moment of the week came courtesy of the BBC’s Hearts & Minds (check out the last 5 mins or so).

During a discussion on draft parading legislation, Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd accused Eamonn McCann of being a ‘rebel without a cause’.

The NI Peace Process would challenge a singularity as the most transformative power in the universe.

That’s right, a Sinn Fein rep put it to the journalist that he was a “rebel without a cause”.

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This week’s blog column from Bel Tel…

19 05 2010

My round up of the blogging week (plus gigantic cranium) can be found on the Bel Tel website here. Have pasted it up below as well…

[PS. Sorry, nothing much new again this week. Professional life is taking over. Fresh material soon!]


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The ‘case for’ & ‘case against’ Unionist unity…

11 05 2010

Unionism is now in a state of flux following the general election. So what does the future hold?

The debate has kicked off at Open Unionism where bloggers are considering:

The debate has also been picked up at Mark Devenport’s Blog,  as well as A Pint of Unionist Lite and Three Thousands Versts. Check it out.