Northern Ireland’s future demands new energy and ideas from the BBC

Denis Bradley writing in the Irish News The atmosphere that has been nurtured on BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle since the peace process has driven away more voices than it has attracted. Only the most vocal of our politicians are regulars. Most clerics avoid it like the plague. Key personnel in many of our most important institutions never appear, most likely out of fear. Many do not feel equipped to partake in an atmosphere that is not always conducive to …

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We have far more in common, than we have to divide us, is what John Hume used to say. He was right.

Prior to meeting John Hume in my role as the Communications Director for the UUP talks team in 1996, my most vivid memories of him were of his relentless single transferable speech – which he delivered at every opportunity in the early 1990’s. Those of my vintage and older will remember it because every time he was interviewed he started into it. It went along the lines of, ‘We need to get an agreement……we need an agreement between all sides……we …

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John Hume’s vision, ambition, and his unstinting/stubborn belief in man’s potential…

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Goethe’s quotation, a long held favourite of mine, is a good summation of John Hume’s career as any I’ve come across. What else he had planned for the rest of his life, in 1969 he caught sight of …

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John Hume the lone diplomat rather than party leader has won a special place in the history of these islands

John Hume  photo Irish News  It’s the memory of John the person that immediately springs to mind.   I believe he came to see himself with the vision and strategy of a man of destiny. But he did so without any of the aura that would have set him apart and made him vulnerable to being taken down. The near sainthood  that some have attributed to him must have made him smile. He had a great knack of friendliness even trust …

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Reaction to John Hume’s passing

The First Minister and DUP Leader, Arlene Foster; Sincere condolences to Pat & the wider Hume family. A giant in Irish nationalism, John left his unique mark in the House of Commons, Brussels & Washington. In our darkest days he recognised that violence was the wrong path & worked steadfastly to promote democratic politics. pic.twitter.com/Ctkdfxa4Au — Arlene Foster #We’llMeetAgain (@DUPleader) August 3, 2020 The Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein Vice President, Michelle O’Neill Saddened to hear of the death …

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John Hume RIP

The family of John Hume have announced that he has sadly passed away. John was the leader of the SDLP from 1979-2001, We are deeply saddened to announce that John passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning after a short illness. We would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the care and nursing staff of Owen Mor nursing home in Derry. The care they have shown John in the last months of his life …

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Shouldn’t we be encouraging a degree of risk-taking in ministers who see an opportunity in developing political capital out of “getting stuff done”?

So Arlene’s leadership is safe. I’m not actually sure it was under threat, but last week’s article from Richard Bullick criticising a bill easing controls on ministers clearly spooked some the party’s senior reps into washing their linen in the semi-public. I understand Bullick’s concerns, not least through the 2013 example when Mrs O’Neill as Agriculture Minister refused to consult the Finance Minster on how she planned to spend £100k of EU funding and was brought to the High Court …

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The new campaign against racism in Britain tells only half the story

Photograph: Anselm Ebulue / The Guardian Tré Ventour 24 • Northampton • Writer and race equality activist “I remember when Mark Duggan was killed by police. It was my generation’s Stephen Lawrence moment.” From the Guardian  Race and racism.  Just now we’re  going through a surge fomented in the US and probably aggravated  on this side of the Atlantic by the frustrations of lockdown and the habit of imitation.  Longer term the abiding chronic issues have not been helped by …

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‘A united Ireland that is socially liberally, tolerant, European and economically successful is attractive’

Irish unity could be an attractive option if the new nation is socially liberal, outward looking, multi-cultural, European and economically successfully, while respecting both the Irish and British cultures and traditions, believes Will Glendinning. To be economically successful it may need support from both the European Union and the United States, he adds. Will is a former chief executive of the Community Relations Council, has been an Alliance Party MLA for West Belfast and was also a member of the …

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Using the positive power of networks is the only functional way to deal with trolls…

I take a slightly different view of the activities of the many folk on Twitter who think it is their job to harry and raid folks on behalf of their own political parties who have the impertinence to question or criticise them. It’s a form of cyberactivism as old as the Internet. Their job is create anger and dysfunction in our social cognition systems so that we cannot do anything but fall exhausted back into their unloving arms.  I’ve called …

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