IT’S 2019 – NOT 1985 – By Brian Rowan

  There is something quite ludicrous and laughable about a Paisley advising anyone to “dial down the megaphone diplomacy”.  This is not 1985 – not that period in our politics when the thunderous voice of the late Ian Paisley senior shouted down the Anglo-Irish Agreement in those guldering words of NEVER,NEVER,NEVER, neverrrrrr.  Politics today is…

ARE THE STORMONT STATUES MOVING? – By Brian Rowan

In every political negotiation there are moments of chatter, when talk and messages come from the inside out. The challenge is trying to decode the above. So, what is the latest bavardage about the Stormont Talks? In the chatter, there is the suggestion of more detailed negotiations in recent days involving the DUP and Sinn Fein. POLITICAL…

Waiting for the Next Crisis? – By Colin Harvey

There is a human rights and equality crisis in this society and it is one of the reasons why we are where we are. It remains a reasonable expectation that the Good Friday Agreement would deliver more than simply ‘relatively stable’ power-sharing government. The transformative dimensions were lost along the way, and the political system…