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NI MLA’s to get a paycut

I wouldn't have thought so. An MEP from Co. Cork named Liadh Ní Riada was the name being bandied about on the radio last week.

Belfast Telegraph had an article today around the issue of Mary Lou potentially running but having the prospect of the Trump visit hanging over her.
If she protests against the state visit, then wins the Presidency how could she be expected to welcome him to Ireland.
 
Belfast Telegraph had an article today around the issue of Mary Lou potentially running but having the prospect of the Trump visit hanging over her.If she protests against the state visit, then wins the Presidency how could she be expected to welcome him to Ireland.
It's a possibility I suppose. But she know she's not going to win so why bother. SF just want to run a candidate. I suspect it's with a view to seeing where they stand for the next GE and start the ball rolling on their border referendum and all that. Without their insistence on running a candidate there wouldn't be an election.

If she was to become President then she'd have to play the game, smile and welcome all manner of unpleasant people. President Higgins would be equally loath to welcome the reptile Trump but he'd do it and have a damn good wash afterwards.
 
They wanted to run a candidate on principal, according to them, when it looked like Michael D wouldn’t have anyone standing against him. (In other words waste taxpayers money)

Now the world and their wivies have their hats in the ring
 
Leader of Fianna Fáil confirmed on the radio this morning that they are in talks with the SDLP about running candidates in NI.

He didn’t rule out running candidates in Westminster and said if they won seats they would take them
 
Brexit has changed the climate within nationalism.

In such a weightless political vacuum, voters won’t have the same incentives to resist a new, pragmatic and unsentimental party.

But I think this wouldn’t be a merger. Anyone with a pair of MK1s can see this is a takeover. FF and the SDLP will have some sort of electoral pact. They will go into the election and the dominoes will fall as they will. This understanding will allow FF to see who is who in the SDLP. They can then cherrypick the membership and leave the SDLP as the empty bloody husk.

Someone in SDLP might want to stop the train as there’s a blazing fire at the end of the tunnel.

Besides FF-SDLP just seems as an odd mix.

Saying that I don't see any actual association with socialism in the true working class sense in the SDLP.
 
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Brexit has changed the climate within nationalism.

In such a weightless political vacuum, voters won’t have the same incentives to resist a new, pragmatic and unsentimental party.

But I think this wouldn’t be a merger. Anyone with a pair of MK1s can see this is a takeover. FF and the SDLP will have some sort of electoral pact. They will go into the election and the dominoes will fall as they will. This understanding will allow FF to see who is who in the SDLP. They can then cherrypick the membership and leave the SDLP as the empty bloody husk.

Someone in SDLP might want to stop the train as there’s a blazing fire at the end of the tunnel.

Besides FF-SDLP just seems as an odd mix.

Saying that I don't see any actual association with socialism in the true working class sense in the SDLP.
Fianna Fáil is very much left in terms of policies (in order to buy votes), while lining their own pockets in the process
 
To me the FF/SDLP think is interesting as it creates a potentially nationalist constitutional Republican party that is (relatively) free from having blood on their hands (especially in the last 40-50 years).

Brexit will only aid the nationalist cause
 
The big picture of all this can’t be ignored.

Without the confused mess being made of things generally here by the Brexit negotiations we might have had another decade or two of the Union. I’m now finding Unionists I know who annoyingly went and obtained Irish passports considering voting against the Union if there is a poll in the near future.

Doubt @British_And_Proud is one of them though.
 
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The big picture of all this can’t be ignored.

Without the confused mess being made of things generally here by the Brexit negotiations we might have had another decade or two of the Union. I’m now finding Unionists I know with Irish passports considering voting against the Union if there is a poll in the near future.

Doubt @British_And_Proud is one of them though.
I've no doubt that Brexit has given Irish Republicans ammunition to win over some Unionists.
I'm quite hopeful that within the next decade Brexit will be long forgot about and the UK will once again prosper as a free sovereign nation.

It'll be a fun few years especially with NI's 100th anniversary around the corner.

Ps I'm deffo not considering an Irish passport or voting to become apart of the Irish state.
 
The NI economy has been underperforming for years.
We are paid less than the rest of the UK & Ireland. Infrastructure, health, social security are all getting worse-face. The days of saying there are economic benefits for remaining in the UK are over. Brexit will just make it worse.

Realistically no one is going convince a unionist of the merits of a UI. The only people that the pitch would be directed to are non unionists & that camp is growing.

Seriously, all we need is competent politicians that can deliver a soft Brexit or, better, Special Status.
 
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The NI economy has been underperforming for years.
We are paid less than the rest of the UK & Ireland. Infrastructure, health, social security are all getting worse-face. The days of saying there are economic benefits for remaining in the UK are over. Brexit will just make it worse.
Strongly disagree, as long as NI is linked to the UK, the UK has to fund it.

Realistically no one is going convince a unionist of the merits of a UI. The only people that the pitch would be directed to are non unionists & that camp is growing.
and non Republican

Seriously, all we need is competent politicians that can deliver a soft Brexit or, better, Special Status.
there in lies the problem .... both for NI and BREXIT
 
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Here lies the problem with an exit poll though..

The vast majority of the public are idiots. To quote Richard Dawkins when asked his thoughts on the Brexit referendum he replied “you might as well let passengers vote on which runway a pilot should land on”

Obvious point being the masses lack the political science & understanding of economics to make such a decision.

But yes, before anyone says it, I know that’s not how democracy works. But I wanted a rant.

Back on track- it’s a mess.
But a border poll is inevitable.

Wicked witch theresa has the unsquareable circle of (a) trying to keep the DUP happy whilst also (b) getting a workable solution for the border.
Getting (a) means she can't allow NI to remain in the Customs Union
Getting (b) means she must allow NI to remain in the Customs Union.

Brexit wont actually kick in for another two years due to the transition phase (assuming they don't balls things up further and end up crashing out with a no deal) so we could realistically use that time to prepare for a border poll in what..late 2019?

If its Yes, and assuming the 'hand over' is planned for late 2021, Britain and the EU could agree to extend the transition phase up to that point or, NI could just stay in the single market and customs until unity is affected?
 
soooo.....why not cast NI adrift as a separate State? Here's a few billion, now sod off. Join the EU if you like, unite with RoI if you like or just float along on your own...
 
Because it isn’t a viable State in any sense

Economically , politically anyway
That doesn't seem to be a problem elsewhere, particularly in the Balkans :(

As a separate identity within the EU, both the points you raise would be irrelevant.
 

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