Monthly Archives: May 2022

Boris Johnson In His Bullingdon Days

If you can discern any significant difference between the Boris Johnson of drunken, vomit-covered Downing Street lockdown parties and the Boris Johnson of Oxford University’s notorious Bullingdon set, then you need medical help.

Here, from the Guardian is a fascinating look at the loutish excesses of the Bullingdon boys during Johnson’s day. Remember that two of these upper class thugs became British prime ministers and goodness knows how many others slimed their way to the top in other equally exclusive parts of the Establishment.

Stomach-churning Aftermath Of Latest Israeli Killing….

You can access the story here…..

Some Thoughts On The Recent NI Poll…..

I will be honest and admit that the recent Assembly election in the North passed me by virtually unnoticed (I am also busy at another, more important project right now) and it was only the media’s animated excitement over the result that caught my eye: a breakthrough triumph for Sinn Fein the journalists said, it seemed, almost to a man and woman.

And there was the proof; Michelle O’Neill, the North’s SF leader had been propelled into the top job and her party, Sinn Fein, was now the largest in the Assembly. What a triumph for the Adams’ strategy, was the next thought. And this too was the seemingly unanimous verdict of the media. “Historic” trumpeted Bllomberg News; “An Earthquake” announced Esquire magazine. And the Irish Times was not far behind: “….could be the most important election in a generation”.

And evidence, at least to my eyes, that the Johnson government felt the same, came with the sudden rush from Number Ten to erase the EU Protocol, balm to Unionist nerves and to the Tory Right, now facing the terrifying prospect of a triumph for one-time mad bombers.

Now I have to admit that I let this one pass, for reasons explained above, although media excitement on this level of hysteria would have, in the not so recent past, spurred me to at least consider whether scepticism was really the only possible response. And that’s a pity, because it seems that the answer to that question is ‘yes’.

So I am grateful to Dixie Elliott for writing this piece on Facebook which tells the part of the story that myself and the rest of the media missed, or just failed to see:

Now that the weekend of much-ado-about-nothing is over lets look at reality.

Given the Unionist stance on not sharing power in the Stormont executive with a Sinn Féin First Minister we were expecting a huge surge in the Sinn Féin vote. 

“It didn’t happen. They remain on 27 seats and their overall vote only increased 1.1% from the 2017 Assembly elections and was in fact down 0.4% from the 2019 Westminster election. 

“Not only that, the claim that Sinn Féin is the first Nationalist party to top the polls in the assembly elections is wrong, the SDLP did that in 1998 and lost out to the position of First Minister because the UUP got more seats on that occasion. 

This time the Unionist vote was split and Sinn Féin got to have the position of First Minister because of this. 

However, if they want the First Minister position then they have to give in to Unionist demands over the one thing tearing Unionism apart, the Protocol, or it’s no executive. 

They can’t do that because the power to do so is between the Tories and the EU.

If the Brits try to change the Protocol then Unionism is still getting its own way and nothing has changed and the claim that Unionist domination is at an end is meaningless.

Also, now that they are the largest party in the executive means that Sinn Féin has to deliver on the promises it made on the run up to the election. There is no hiding behind Carson’s statue in that regard. 

As for Derry, the Sinn Féin vote was down 3.8% while the SDLP vote was down 0.9% meaning that the people in the city are increasingly growing tired of hearing the same promises which disappear like the clouds in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land after the elections…

Boutcher Bids For Top London Cop Job….

Thanks to my old buddy JKW for this tip. If this story is true then Scappaticci scourge, and ex-Bedfordshire Chief Con, Jon Boutcher is in the running for Britain’s top policing job. The story can also be accessed here. We shall see. Personally, I’d like to see his report first……and the list of organisations consulted along the way…..

Just One Brief But Dismal Thought On Today’s NI Poll……

From Terence O’Neill to Michelle O’Neill via 3,500 deaths and countless thousands of injuries, plus ca change……

Newshound Is Finally Dead…….

In the day, it was the first site most followers of the Troubles accessed every morning. From the late 1980’s onwards Newshound carried daily links to the various stories of the day, chronicling the Troubles in a valuable and informed way. Until recently you could still access the site, a valuable source for researchers. But no more. About two weeks ago the site announced it was going dead and now it has. We shall miss you. Thanks for all you did.