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By Bones McCoy
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I think it's only fair to accept any claim of "Ill health" with a few exceptions.

For example:
* Minister has "become the story" and has been hiding form the press at his country pad for over a week.
* Immediate aftermath of a spectacular policy fuck-up.
* Lazarus like recovery, directorships, and cash in immediately the story has moved on.

Brokenshire's case seems to have none of these qualities, and I think he deserves a speedy recovery.
 
By Big Arnold
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Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff resigns after Kingsmill row
He reiterated his insistence that he had not meant the video as a reference to the sectarian murders of the workmen by republican paramilitaries near the village of Kingsmill.
What other reason could he possibly have had?

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... gsmill-row
 
By MisterMuncher
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I am not saying if it was or wasn't intended, but the truth of it is McElduff has made a series of videos of a similar grocery balanced on his head/dad joke nature, going back at least a year. Even do, that wouldn't excuse his profound stupidity in failing to think through, and resignation is wholly appropriate
 
By Abernathy
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MisterMuncher wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:54 pm
I am not saying if it was or wasn't intended, but the truth of it is McElduff has made a series of videos of a similar grocery balanced on his head/dad joke nature, going back at least a year. Even do, that wouldn't excuse his profound stupidity in failing to think through, and resignation is wholly appropriate
Is there anything intrinsically amusing about balancing groceries on yer noddle? Doesn't really do it for me.

Frankly, it does seem to be stretching credibility a little to say that he'd have been in the clear if he'd only chosen a loaf of Hovis wholemeal on that particular day.
 
By spoonman
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Bit of relief, at least for now, in Belfast.
Bombardier has won a trade case in the United States, overturning a decision to impose damaging tariffs on imports of its C-Series aircraft.

The government had suspected Bombardier would lose and unions feared sales and UK jobs would be hit.

But in a surprise ruling, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rejected a complaint brought by Boeing.

The ITC voted 4-0 in favour of Bombardier...



...One thousand jobs in Belfast, where the wings for the plane are made, depend on its success.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42825916

The NI economy would have been heavily hit had this u-turn not been made.
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By spoonman
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I think the boul' Arlene will be choking on her cornflakes reading this.

Fewer NI people feel British than other UK regions - survey
Fewer people in Northern Ireland think of themselves as British than in any other UK region, according to a survey conducted for the BBC.

82% of people in England feel strongly British, compared to 79% in Wales and 59% in Scotland.

Only 47% of people in Northern Ireland identified themselves as strongly British.

That is less than the number of people who described themselves as Irish, Northern Irish or European.

In the BBC survey, 29% of those with a Protestant background defined themselves as Irish, but only 4% of those with a Catholic background identified as British.

More than eight out of ten Protestants described themselves as British or Northern Irish. More than nine out of ten Catholics said they were Irish and more than eight out of ten Catholics described themselves as European.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44398502
 
By MisterMuncher
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This story is just...

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news ... 41596.html

TL:DR Fermanagh have made it into the Ulster GAA football final. A Unionist MLA has hit out at the "Latent Intimidation" of people talking about a football match and asked if they would be so considerate as to not talk about their fenian sports in front of real people.

I'm not given to the notion of checking one's privilege and such, but fuck me....
 
By spoonman
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That is perhaps the easiest example ever if you want to give a descriptive definition for "snowflake". Then again in my experience a worryingly large proportion of Fermanagh people on both sides tend to get easily triggered. I put it down to an inferiority complex.
 
By MisterMuncher
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Oh, and if you thought it couldn't get any more "Fuck me, Build a wall around the place and keep the lunatics away from us"

Arlene is under attack, from her own party, because it was on a Sunday.

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/dup-c ... -1-8545573

I'm absolutely positive this isn't a big shiny "Look over here" sign on the purely coincidental basis that BBC Spotlight NI tonight is about the Vote Leave dark money...
 
By youngian
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Jim Fitzpatrick reveals new information on how the DUP and Vote Leave worked together in the EU referendum. Did they break the law? And he digs deep into the finances behind the DUP's record referendum donor in a money trail that leads to Ukraine and beyond. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b ... ey-the-dup
Over at BBC Northern Ireland they've been reporting on Brexit instead of reading out government press releases and fawning over Mogg.
 
By MisterMuncher
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They're operating in what could reasonably be described as a target-rich environment, but on the whole, do good work.

Shame it serves to provide fodder for the Steven Nolan Show for the next week or so, as increasingly deranged partisan types pick increasingly ludicrous hills to die on. The current trend is the insistence that Spotlight is biased against Unionists because they keep exposing DUP scandals.
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