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Wedding bells at the conference

  WHY did Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, go to the Ulster Unionist Party’s conference last Saturday? “To show that he is well disposed towards the UUP” you might say. Mmm. But wouldn’t the UUP already know that? After all, they’ve been “working” in the same building on a daily basis, so it’d be […]

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Brexit is set to change everything

  There are two traditional schools of thought – OK, three blinkered positions – about the reunification of Ireland. The first of these argues that reunification is the Holy Grail, and that when you’re seeking the Holy Grail, you don’t get into tedious discussions about what a Grail is or what shape it should assume […]

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Change comes slowly to Orange Order

  ARE you a Christian? If that question sounds like one of the Saved Brethren on your doorstep, I apologise – few enjoy having their East Enders interrupted. No, it’s a question I had to ask myself after listening to the Orange Order’s Grand Chaplain, Reverend Mervyn Gibson. Mervyn was on BBC Radio Ulster/Raidió Uladh’s […]

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Feed people junk and they’ll crave more

  LAST Saturday I spent an afternoon in Omagh – always a pleasurable experience in itself – at the Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre. They were having a day of lectures on matters relating to Easter 1916. It was loads of fun and wonderfully thought-provoking.   Dr Liam Campbell spoke first. He’s Heritage Officer for […]

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Following the leader with the media

  IF there’s one thing unionist politicians enjoy doing, it’s telling republicans who should represent them (republicans, that is). We got a lot of this during the years when the Orange Order thought that it had an unfettered right to march where it chose: if there was to be any discussion with residents about this […]

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Throwback to the past might just refocus unionist minds

  WHY did those who voted for the Good Friday Agreement do so? The short answer is we don’t know. Nobody can see inside another person’s head, and even if they tell you their reasons for doing something, they may not be telling the truth. But there are a number of reasons that probably featured […]

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