Pundits suggest that the British establishment don't know what they are doing with Brexit, they are incompetent and have made many mistakes. All that is based on the assumption that what the British government say in public is a true representation of their real direction of travel ie they are telling us the truth and not concealing their true intentions from us. Is the British government normally this transparent?
One family's history over two centuries in Scotland and Ireland through tumultuous times from ploughs to poppies and to a shattering of old beliefs.
Our politics and society in Northern Ireland may have changed in many ways over the last fifty years, but through the RHI Inquiry we see that the machinery of state has not moved with the times. The state remains employing, at huge public expense, highly educated and highly paid placemen and women who have extremely secure and well pensioned jobs, without much attention paid to what they actually do and contribute to the public good.
Fifteen to twenty years ago many old hippies like me got very vexed about something called 'Peak Oil'. Many 'oil experts', geologists and environmental pundits were telling us that the planet was rapidly running out of oil and within ten to twenty years our access to the stuff would be greatly restricted, if not non-existent. What happened?
If you accept that we increasingly live in a topsy-turvy world where many things are inverted - injustice is rewarded, might is right, good is bad and incompetence is competence - then you will also understand that we mistake words for actions. Politicians and spin merchants of all creeds use these twisted illusions of … Continue reading Who and what are the DUP?
Some might say Belfast is a city in waiting, looking to find its identity in a new and more confusing era. Others would say it is a lost city being discovered by cruise ships, legal firms and location scouts for dystopian films. Henry Joy must be mightily vexed, publicly executed where today shoppers scurry about . Maybe we need to listen to him and his ilk..
If you accept that the corporate media in these islands is heavily controlled; that this state (UK) routinely lies to its residents, it fought a long war to prevent a united Ireland and went to enormous lengths to achieve a political settlement within the union only 20 years ago, then you must question why the trigger words ‘united Ireland’ have been allowed back into public discourse with such force. What are they up to?
In his retirement from being Northern Ireland's First Minister and DUP Leader, Peter Robinson hopes to use his freedom to nudge unionism in a new direction. Will his rebranding as an elder statesman allow him to lead unionists into a new arrangement with the Irish Republic or will he end his days as just another lundy?
Everything in the Brexit negotiations was faked by the British Government. It was a piece of theatre. It was always a preparation for the coup de grace, the unilateral withdrawal from the EU and the establishment of a government of national unity - a one party state.
The constitutional status of any country or region has rarely been decided by the people. It's nearly always been achieved by default as old orders collapse and, even then, decided by a political elite behind closed doors who present the people with a fait accompli.
Peter Robinson comes out of retirement to re-write history and his part in it. Are moves afoot for a comeback?
We hear from many historians how the First World war had a dramatic effect on Irish history, but little is understood about the impact of the Second World War on Irish - particularly northern Irish - affairs. I remember the propaganda taught to me as a child that plucky little Northern Ireland had made … Continue reading How unionism left Belfast defenceless in 1941
Patrick Murphy's excellent piece in Saturday's Irish News on Ireland's relationship with the EU and its role within the Brexit negotiations highlights some vital issues. I reproduce Murphy's article below. 'Like General Humbert, who landed in Mayo with 1,000 French soldiers to help the 1798 rebels, Barnier arrived last week with an army of journalists … Continue reading Ireland’s abusive relationships
The current political impasse and absence of ministerial decision-making in Northern Ireland seems to be exercising a lot of local editors and pundits. Most probably because the Stormont machine isn't generating the necessary copy to sell papers and to keep them employed. It looks like politics here has shut down, to be replaced by an … Continue reading Return to factory settings
In examining the whole sordid affair around Barry McElduff's video and Kingsmill, I looked back at the records of that time - the brutal mid-seventies - and something occurred to me that hadn’t before. The big picture in all this is found when you look at the Kingsmill massacre and what preceded it - the … Continue reading Playing the state’s game
Recently it was suggested to me that the English ruling class have wanted out of Ireland for up to 150 years. I thought this was implausible given that in the twentieth century the British showed that they could - on the face of it - with relative ease within thirty years divest themselves of an … Continue reading Ireland’s difficulty is England’s opportunity
This piece (Psychopath Billy Wright and the question of collusion) by Brian Rowan, the BBC’s highly experienced former Northern Ireland Security Editor, got me thinking more about how far this issue of state ‘collusion’ goes in today's Northern Ireland. Rowan writes: ‘It has got to the point where collusion is no longer contested. It is … Continue reading Collusion and control
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Battle of the Boyne: a false flag event False flag events - events that are staged to appear different from what they really are - are nothing new. I believe the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in July 1690 was a false flag. Like any false flag event, in order to examine it objectively you … Continue reading Battle of the Boyne: a false flag event
Inherited beliefs. I think it is fair to say that most of our views are the result of the conditioning of the class, culture and family we are born into. Few people rebel against this. They may modify the views of their family and peers or stage a token teenage rebellion, but only a select … Continue reading End the Union – Crossing the Rubicon (or Coming Out)