Slugger TV looks at Ground Hog Day in Politics
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by David McCann
2h ago
February 2 was Groundhog Day. Sarah Creighton joined Alan Meban in the studio to discuss whether there are any signs of change in the political stalemate that’s gripped Northern Ireland for last year, and they looked ahead to how the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement will be marked in April and the upcoming local government elections in May. You can come along to the next Slugger TV recording at the Look North! The North Belfast Festival by booking your space here ..read more
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Ireland and the 6 Nations Rugby Championship…
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by Frank Schnittger
15h ago
Ireland have a patchy record in the 6 Nations rugby championship with only four wins since Italy joined in 2000. This compares to seven for England, and six for France and Wales, and none for Scotland or Italy. The figures for Grand Slams are even worse, with four for France and Wales and two for England and Ireland. So it ill-becomes us to become too sniffy about a tournament which funds virtually the entire game in Ireland. Some younger fans, who don’t remember the horrible 1990’s and early 2000’s, regard it as little more than a warm-up tournament for the World Cup, allegedly the only game ..read more
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Mid week moan – go on, get it off your chest…
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by Brian O'Neill
1d ago
As the name suggests, it is a chance to get it off your chest and have a good aul rant. You can discuss what you like ..read more
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A Cordon Sanitaire between the EU and UK…
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by Frank Schnittger
1d ago
Recent discussions about the Protocol in Northern Ireland have focused on the problems it poses for the DUP. But from an EU perspective it seeks to solve a far larger problem for the EU as a whole. Much of the analysis of Brexit has been in terms of it being an English nationalist project. What has been missed is the extent to which it is also a political libertarian project. Much of the driving force behind Brexiteer ideology has been the belief that the “Brussels bureaucracy” and its focus on regulation has been stifling British innovation, dynamism, and the potential for growth. The main ‘b ..read more
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How Trumpian politicians “flood the media” with embarrassing issues they’re guilty of too…
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by Mick Fealty
3d ago
“The art of progress is to reserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.” — Alfred North Whitehead The news that Facebook is going to let Donald Trump back on to Facebook at time when his public profile is not what it was (but apparently when speaking to those who can hear, he’s gotten a lot more extreme) has not gone down well with some. As the never Trump commentator Charlie Sykes notes in the Bulwark yesterday: The fascists of the 1930s, wrote Hannah Arendt, “elevated cruelty to a major virtue because it contradicted society’s humanitarian and liberal hypocrisy.” For many o ..read more
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Is it time for education without churches?
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by Ulster University
3d ago
Dr Stephen Roulston is a Research Fellow at the UNESCO Centre in the School of Education, Ulster University. Let me take you to a province with a long history of connection with England. The population mainly consists of Catholics and Protestants, with different histories. These communities tend to live separately and, as well as living apart, there is a deeply divided education system, with each religious authority catering for their own community. Often, in areas where both Protestants and Catholics live, there is a duplication of schools, with different schools for each community. This is t ..read more
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As the parties gear up for one (or two?) elections – the latest Lucid Talk poll…
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by Michael Hehir
4d ago
If the on-again off-again Assembly Election were held tomorrow, the results would look almost the same as they did last May, according to Lucid Talk’s new poll in the Belfast Telegraph. But it points to significant changes at the Council elections in May. Sinn Féin 31% (+2 from last election) DUP 25% (+4) Alliance 15% (+1) UUP 10% (-1) SDLP 7% (-2) TUV 7% (-1) Aontú 2% (+1) PBPA 1% (No change) Green 1% (-1) Before we look as the implications for each of the parties there are three caveats: Margin of error. This poll asked about voting intentions in an Assembly election. Some people vote for d ..read more
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Rebuilding Unionist Support for the Belfast Agreement…
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by Michael Palmer
4d ago
I read the recent LucidTalk poll published in the Belfast Telegraph that showed only 35% of unionists polled would still support the Belfast Agreement “if there was a vote on it today.” A majority of unionists at 54% would not vote for it today, with 11% saying that they “Don’t Know” or are “Not Sure” or have “No Opinion.” As a pro-Agreement unionist, I am saddened by the results but I accept them. It’s been clear to me for many years that anti-Agreement unionism as articulated by the TUV and Jamie Bryson has gained support. Many of their arguments are valid and should be taken seriously by al ..read more
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Why hydrogen can’t solve our climate change problems
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by Brendan Heading
4d ago
One of the conversation points that I often encounter in the debate around climate change and the move to net zero/energy independence is the role that could be played by hydrogen. Like many of the other aspects of this debate, it is poorly understood, particularly among the press and policymakers.  What is hydrogen ? Chemically, it is the simplest and most plentiful element in the universe, having one proton and one electron. It’s thought that, along with a small number of other light elements, hydrogen was created in the aftermath of the Big Bang. Heavier elements with larger numbers of ..read more
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Rugby – A Clean Sweep by the Irish Provinces…
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by Frank Schnittger
4d ago
This has been the first clean sweep by the Irish provinces with four bonus point wins since the South African teams entered the URC competition. It is an outstanding achievement and a great way to finish off this block of games ahead of the 6 Nations championship. Nothing is guaranteed, but Irish rugby has never been in a better place. Ulster 35 Stormers 5 Benetton 30 Munster 40 Leinster 38 Cardiff 12 Connacht 43 Lions 24 Ulster returned to winning form with a decisive victory over the champions, the Stormers, who beat them narrowly twice last season. Both sides were missing their internationa ..read more
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