BEYOND BLEAK – By Brian Rowan 

    For the second day running Alliance MLA Stephen Farry found the words to describe the Stormont standoff. On Monday he talked about trenches getting deeper over the summer months. Then,  24 hours later, he spoke of a situation that is now “beyond bleak”. Farry was speaking on a day when Simon Coveney met…

STORMONT: STILL UPSIDE DOWN – By Brian Rowan

      The penny still hasn’t dropped. An Executive before an agreement is putting the cart before the horse. There should be no surprise about how swiftly and emphatically Sinn Fein dismissed the latest Arlene Foster proposal to form an Executive immediately and then, within a time-limited period, to bring forward legislation to address…

Framing Sustainable Relationships – by Colm Dore

    During the Troubles, platitudes about violence often took the place of serious engagement, which turned out to be unavoidable. There’s an echo of this in current conventional talk, whereby “the politicians should just get it up and running.” But on what terms? Does it not need to be sustainable? Perhaps counter-intuitively, serious engagement…

Arlene – you can’t have your ‘Cultural Cake’ and eat it if you don’t stand up to the Gregory Campbells – By Eamonn Mallie

    One of the main arguments prosecuted by DUP leader Arlene Foster and some Unionists to counter nationalist demands for equality and parity of esteem is that nationalists are seeking ‘Cultural Supremacy.’ ‘Cultural supremacy’ can be defined as follows: ‘someone believing that a particular type or group of people should lead or have control over other…