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  1. Given that involved mass murder, it should not be a surprise that a lot of people do not mourn his passing.
  2. Andy Goram wore a black arm band while playing for Rangers after Billy Wright was murdered by the INLA.
  3. What you need to look into is how the Provos split away and who was pulling their strings and why. That bit usually gets airbrushed out of BBC documentaries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_Crisis
  4. Such as? In the late 60s and early 70s the old Stormont way of doing things was being actively dismantled under pressure from Westminster and international opinion and could have been replaced by power sharing similar to what we see in the present day, if there hadn't been so many balaclava wearing "slow learners" around along with the people in Dublin's elite that were pulling their strings and providing them with sanctuary throughout all the years of mayhem, that needed almost another 25 years to realise that they couldn't bomb and murder their way to some supposely socialist Gaelic speaking UI fairy tale that the majority in NI quite simply didn't want any part of.
  5. ...so let's not pretend that he had anything worthwhile to offer the world. Time to turn the page and move on. So long Gerry McGinnis we will never forget you.
  6. It's usually a copy editor rather than the journalist that adds the headline, so she is probably telling the truth.
  7. Suspect so, but if Theresa May doesn't agree to make it legally binding the No side could just boycott it like the UI side did in a Border Poll in NI in 1973. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland_border_poll_1973 At that point if the turnout doesn't hit at least 50% it just becomes a big waste of everybody's time. No idea why Theresa May hasn't said a straight "no way" so far, because the longer she hesitates the more this is gathering momentum that will difficult to reverse. Maybe she's hoping that the SNP does badly in the council elections and that can be used to provide a democratic basis for knocking it back?
  8. Do we know for sure that Theresa May is going to agree to a referendum yet?
  9. Article 50 hasn't even been invoked yet, so how do you know that's what will happen? The negotiation is going to be between the EU and the UK and not between the RoI and the UK. The precedent on what is almost certainly going to happen on that has already been set by what has happened in the former Yugoslavia where the EU border runs along what used to be the unmarked internal bounday line between two component parts of what used to be a single sovereign state: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/17/ireland-brexit-headache-border If Theresa May had opted for EEA status and a soft Brexit then the border would be like Norway-Sweden post-independence and I would be in the Yes camp at this point as a hardcore Remainer.
  10. If Scotland plans on being fast tracked into the EU, then the negotiation on that is between the EU and rUK and not between Scotland and the rUK.
  11. Agreed to an extent, but I think the difference between a soft and a hard Brexit is already clear enough to be able to decide which way to jump if you view things pragmatically. Hard Brexit means a hard border and having a different currency from rUK, if Scotland is going to be in the EU, while rUK isn't even going to have EEA status, because the Solway and Tweed becomes the outer border of the EU's custom union under that scenario. All the emotional appeals in the world and pictures filled with tartan and majestic landscapes are not going to change that from being a shite state of affairs to be in and stumbling into that sort of future on a 51:49 decision is not a recipe for stable politics down the road (what happens if a Unionist majority emerges in the first post-independence parliament?). The SNP really should have stuck to the 55% Yes in the polls for six months yardstick for deciding whether to proceed, but Nicola Sturgeon knows that would split her party, so now it's time to get gubbed on a longshot gamble of a referendum for a second time in five years.
  12. Thought this snippet was interesting: Mr Martin said he believed arrangements would include the continuation of parliaments both North and South. in a let's keep the non-FF voters and their politicians contained in the gerrymander, so they don't mess up our natural party of governance role in the Dail sort of way, and so we don't have to put up with somebody like Gregory Campbell waving a yoghourt carton in our face every time we pretend to be a Gaelic speaking nation.
  13. On a more serious note, you can do a lot worse than Kyoto for seeing old Japan because it was one of the few large Japanese cities that wasn't bombed flat during WWII, because legend has it one of the main American military planners had been there and liked the place. From Osaka, Nara is the obvious old place to visit, while Nikko is worth a look from Tokyo, if you are into that sort of thing. Beyond that my main advice given you have rail passes is to avoid doing the main Tokyo to Kyoto shinkansen line twice as it takes you through some of the most industrial parts of Japan so it's a bit like checking out Airdrie in a Scottish context when you could be going through the Highlands. There are also some trains you are not even allowed onto with the rail pass on that route, so you have to watch what you are doing when getting onto trains in a way you don't in other parts of the JR system. This website is a good way to figure out how to do things like taking the scenic route over to the Sea of Japan side and through the mountains around Nagano: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=SHIN-OSAKA&arv_node=TOKYO&via_node01=KANAZAWA&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2017&month=09&day=13&hour=09&minute=21&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&airplane=off&ship=off&sprnozomi=off&slputr=off&exprs=off&slpexprs=off&liner=off&regular=off&bus=off&walk=off&privately=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7 Beyond that you can always get a reasonably healthy and tasty inexpensive meal from convenience stores there in a way you can't in most other countries, so there's no need to go to restaurants all the time, and these are well worth a try:
  14. Find that first bit very difficult to believe. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/letters-reveal-snp-crisis-over-presidents-anti-catholic-diatribes-jsl7b3xbb0m