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Sun Columns

Sun Column November 26th 2015

November 26, 2015

SINCE I wrote here last, Europe has changed forever — and the carnage of Paris will alter it for generations. While I applaud the spirit of the slogan “we are not afraid”, which was everywhere in Paris after the Parisians attack, the truth is they will be afraid. People from Northern Ireland of my generation […]

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Sun Column November 12th 2015

November 11, 2015

AS I watched the Remembrance Sunday service from London last weekend, I was struck by the numbers of Indian, African and other old soldiers from the corners of the Commonwealth marching past the Cenotaph. I wondered how the likes of Ukip MLA David McNarry — who continually argues against immigration — felt as he watched […]

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Sun Column October 29th 2015

October 29, 2015

THE placing of two pig’s heads at the doors of a disused church — wrongly thought of as a building to be converted into a mosque — proves again just how far Belfast has to evolve to become a normal multicultural city. While I’m no Sherlock Holmes, I would strongly suggest that the police officers […]

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Sun Column October 1st 2015

October 1, 2015

I ADMIT that as a stand-up I’ve done my fair share of slagging off Ulster Scots. Like many, I questioned if it wasn’t more a dialect than language. Then this week I was forced to think again. I’m married to a woman who kicks with the other foot, so occasionally there are some language difficulties. […]

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Sun Column June 12th 2014

June 12, 2014

WAS anyone really surprised to learn that FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is now shrouded in scandal? Why they thought it a good idea to award the championship to a desert was baffling until now. FIFA’s perennial boss Sepp Blatter runs the organisation more like a fiefdom than a multinational […]

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Sun Column May 15th 2014

May 14, 2014

I LOVE my Sunday morning ritual watching Mark Carruthers on Sunday Politics doing his wonderful impersonation of a poor man’s Jon Snow, right down to the colourful socks. Yet even Mark’s socks were outdone on last week’s show as NI21 local government candidate, Jayne Olorunda, suffered a brain melt live on air.

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Sun Column November 28th 2013

November 28, 2013

SINN Fein proposed devolving broadcasting powers back to the Assembly this week. Having been given no warning of this proposal, unionists who thought they smelt a rat immediately scuppered it with a ‘petition of concern’. They no doubt worried that if passed we would all be listening to the Angelus bells at six in the […]

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Sun Column November 14th 2013

November 14, 2013

AS you may have noticed, I have a keen interest in local politics. So I tried my very best to listen to Alasdair McDonnell’s speech to the SDLP annual conference on Saturday last. I lasted all of ten minutes. A man less suited to lead a political party it’s very hard to imagine, McDonnell appears […]

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Sun Column October 31st 2013

October 31, 2013

THE recent baptism of Prince George was followed by the release of a historic photograph of the Queen, as only the second sovereign in British history, to be photographed with three future monarchs. As I viewed that photograph, the thought hit me: Whilst a certain beer company doesn’t ‘do’ royalty, if they did, it would […]

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Sun Column October 17th 2013

October 17, 2013

BELFAST hosted yet another investment conference last week with the good and the great, including the Prime Minister, in attendance. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness were probably humming that old Fred Astaire classic “I’m puttin’ on my top hat, tyin’ up my white tie, brushin’ off my tails …” as they tried to get a […]

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