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Lemme tell you one thing that cracks me up--how much and how often you rely, nearly exclusively, on the Irish Times to form an opinion. m'k.

Belfast Telegraph is one small, unreliable window into the creature comforts and internecine warfare, literally, within the colony--but at least I've become accustomed to the foibles of editorial management in its attempts to shepherd (or "curate" if one is feeling pretentious) public opinion(s) into the fold of middle-brow status quo. Can you say the same about the Irish Times or offer another source for The Mood to canvass, then synthesize an opinion about political changes in NI?

Northern Ireland Secretary of State suggests Assembly election to be called in new year
Were you aware Karen Bradley is redundant?
Are you aware who is current "shadow" Northern Ireland Secretary of State?

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The Bastid Queen Arlene won't like that one bit.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 06:48:22 PM EST
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What you have written comes close to an ad hominem attack - why not address the substance of what I write?

Whatever... Unfortunately Ireland is a small country with v. limited independent media sources. The Belfast Telegraph is owned by Mediahuis which also owns the Irish Independent which publishes more of my letters than the Irish Times.

Both were previously owned by the litigious Irish Billionaire, Denis O'Brien, who made much of his fortune from the manner in which he acquired a government mobile phone operators licence and who stands accused of exercising an editorial veto on stories not in his interest. At least the Irish Times and Examiner are owned by an independent, not for profit trust, even if that is no guarantee of lack of editorial bias.

The UK papers generally have very poor coverage of Irish and N. Irish affairs, and to my shame, my knowledge of German, French and Spanish is not sufficient to give me confidence I can accurately parse commentary in those languages.  US coverage of Irish and European affairs is often derisory so I am left with relatively few local sources.

Given my lack of time to cast my net wider, I must sharply prioritise and make do with relatively few sources. Real life challenges and opportunities must take precedence! If you are not happy with my contributions you are under no obligation to comment and are, indeed, free to go elsewhere for you blogging entertainment.

I will ignore your other, insulting, questions.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 07:41:47 PM EST
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To express skepticism for your preferred, single source of information--the Irish Times-- is an "ad hominem attack"? An insult?

hmmm. I don't know about that. US-English is the only language that I speak and read fluently. So I am confident, I have avoided ad hominem fallacy and personal insult in that language at this forum. Indirection in communication is a time-honored posture toward conflict resolution --"leading from behind" if you will rather than dictum--that I practice as best I can while remaining attentive to learning opportunities. Which is not to say that indirection disposes disagreement between correspondents. Disagreement is altogether a different communication problem for those who seek and esteem unanimity of experience, purpose, and opinions per se: the "authoritarian" pose.

I read to learn. Since the Panic of '08, reportage which I've consulted to depict systematic PIIGS recap(italization) and predict the trajectory of the '16 referendum by sampling diverse, pertinent measures of political economy in the region. I admit, I have left to curious eurotrib readers--known and unknown ("lurkers")--the work of validating quantitative and qualitative data over time, published by "government buildings" and collated by private parties. Sometimes these agree with OpEds in the Times, mostly they have not.

Perhaps my confirmation bias is objectionable. In which case direction either not to read or criticize OpEds published by the Times and quit commenting or "wallpapering" eurotrib with government instruments designed to foil good intentions of hapless subjects of opinion polls, would appear rational to all.

Time will tell.

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The border dividing Ireland will be abandoned ...
big moves in the quarter century
You will not be abandoned.
Not you (sing.). You (pl.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 06:04:28 PM EST
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