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Go on and get your Granny a goat for Christmas

What a world, eh? People being laid off, shops shutting up shop, the air thick with the crunch of bankruptcy. Even the Christmas trees are looking smaller and sadder this year. But if it’s bad here in the North it’s worse in the South. When a government has to break the budget bad news into bite-size chunks and feed it to the public in instalments, you know things are bad, bad, bad.

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Get Granny a new goat for Christmas in the name of social justice

What a world, eh? People being laid off, shops shutting up shop, the air thick with the crunch of bankruptcy. Even the Christmas trees are looking smaller and sadder this year. But if it’s bad here in the north it’s worse in the south. When a government has to break the budget bad news into bite-size chunks and feed it to the public in instalments, you know things are bad, bad, bad.

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Coming up for air after breathtaking performance by DUP leader

Sometimes radio can simply suck your breath away – leave you gasping over breakfast or in the car. I had two such moments already today; at this rate I’ll be hyperventilating by tea-time.

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Left to their own free will what will unionists change?

You may not have heard it – you may have been busy greasing the cat’s boil or doing some equally useful work – but Monday morning last callers to The Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster/Raidio Uladh were discussing free will. “Eh?” you say. “A free will phone-in on a Monday morning? Bit airy-fairy, that”.

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SDLP bull smashes his golden moment

Sunday was a beautiful day, so before going for a walk I went into the living room to set the TV recorder for The Politics Show: sometimes the local bit of it can make undemanding viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. So I’m about to hit the Sky+ button when Alasdair McDonnell appears on the screen, talking. I forget about recording and take a seat.

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What can be taken from SF bid from presidency?

So – what did you think? With the dust settling and Michael D Higgins preparing for his inauguration, was it a good idea for Martin McGuinness to run his candidacy up the flagpole and see how many saluted? Some commentators say he had a disastrous outing, that he’s been sent back home with his tail between his legs. Others argue that he’s consolidated the Sinn Féin presence in the south and that close on 14 per cent of the vote, not to mention his contribution to the final debate, more than justifies his candidature.

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