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Sinn Féin getting fairly shown up here regarding this welfare reform farce. Seems like they've been caught out spoofing to their electorate and the facts about it are stacking up against them. IMO, it looks like that they've cooked this up to try and win votes from the vulnerable people who would be interested in the welfare reform (that they claim to be looking out for) and they've been caught out. It was either a lie, or they just got the facts and finances completely wrong. Either way their excuses reek of

This is why folks need to protest vote and vote Alliance or Green. It's clear the DUP and Sinn Féin aren't capable of being realistic in running the place. The DUP and their backward views, then Sinn Féin and their blatant spoofing. I don't understand why people cant see through it all.

I don't think I need to go in to reasons why the DUP shouldn't get any votes, but their views on equality is reason enough, alone. Sinn Féin make these wondrous claims to win votes (it would seem by preying on the vulnerable, in this case, and people who actually have real issues and shouldn't be used as political ammunition)... then you've got the stories of SF being involved in IRA sex abuse.

People need to use their vote to show that we don't want this nonsense any more. Stop the tribal nonsense and use your vote to damage these two main parties. It's the only way things will change.

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should get a state funeral over London

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can see the women of the shankill wailing and slaping their heads in grief

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have grown to like big marty tbf

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The English queen will be distraught.

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That would be the ultimate end to the 2016 celebrity death list if Marty were to go.

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Only if he took that other cunt Gerry with him. And if those two are going they might as well have Storey and all.

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Thatcher-esque party up the Shankill when he kicks the bucket.

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Compared to most in Stormont his integrity is pretty good. If you can deal with his past then he's a good politician IMHO.

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Doesn't look good for Marty.. he's not even the one that needed to go. Gerry might have to stick around a bit longer now. Double whammy for SF

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Feeney gave her a quare lacerating here - www.irishnews.com/opin...

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Can you copy and paste that article?? I can't see it all

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TL:DR Foster is a bull in a China shop and can't see beyond her own nose.

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AS you’ve read here before and as she demonstrated conclusively on Monday, Arlene Foster isn’t the sharpest tool in the box.

Mind you, as Monday’s debacle also demonstrated, Foster’s DUP box contains some pretty blunt coarse tools so she doesn’t have much competition.

Foster displayed her character flaws for all to see but most damaging of all for a political leader – you can’t call her a politician after Monday – is her inability to control her rage. Monday’s misbehaviour wasn’t the result of malicious calculation or devious manoeuvring on her part. She’d obviously been burning with anger for days and Monday was her chance to spew it all out.

She didn’t seem to realise until Sunday night that without Martin McGuinness’s agreement she couldn’t make a statement detailing how she intended to recoup some of the money lost on RHI. Any such scheme would require cooperation from the departments of economy and finance. McGuinness’s statement on Sunday night reminded her, it’s what’s called a ‘cross-cutting’ matter and therefore requires executive approval.

As a result, all she could do was make a statement justifying herself, how she is always right but is offered bad and mistaken advice, though she didn’t admit she had signed off the ill-fated scheme by saying after she had taken everything into consideration she was satisfied with its benefits. Until the last minute it doesn’t seem to have dawned on her that she couldn’t make a unilateral statement as first minister either unless McGuinness ratified it.

What she did was press on regardless, reducing the assembly to a “shambles” in McGuinness’s word and fatally compromising the speaker, now exposed as a DUP puppet, a broken reed, snapped weakly by the storm blowing at him from Foster. Despite his pathetic exculpatory letter the fact is he upheld neither the dignity nor the rules of the place. He’s thereby collateral damage in Foster’s headstrong assault on the institutions. His behaviour now demands a new method for selecting a speaker so that his or her independence can be safeguarded from the sort of subversion we saw on Monday.

Foster’s fundamental political weakness is that she can’t see the wood for the trees. She never appears to be able to look beyond the next row and examine coolly (if you can apply that word to her) the consequences of her actions. The most profound political fact that she doesn’t realise or if she does, doesn’t accept, is that she may be the last unionist first minister.

Presumably she intends to hang on after the 2021 election if the assembly lasts that long after her misbehaviour.

In seven years there will be a nationalist voting majority. That doesn’t automatically mean a Sinn Féin first minister at the following election but Foster’s actions on a daily basis make it more likely. Under her leadership the DUP will never be anything other than a narrow divisive backward-looking sectarian clique. While it’s conceivable some Catholics may vote UUP, Foster will ensure none will ever vote DUP.

The example she displayed on Monday of unbridled vituperation was unbecoming and undignified in itself but provided a dreadful example, even a challenge, for her MLAs to outdo her.

It’s difficult to assess how much damage Foster has done to relationships at Stormont. The hatred and contempt she harbours for Sinn Féin members are obvious but she allowed her vitriol to drip onto all opponents insulting Nesbitt and Eastwood and Naomi Long whose DUP inspired ordeal in 2013 Foster dismissed as an all-purpose whinge.

What is certain is that Foster is singularly unable to prepare unionists for the radical and dramatic changes in their political circumstances coming down the road in the next decade. Concepts such as partnership and power-sharing evidently remain beyond her grasp. As they say, it’s all about Arlene.

As one council district after another slips out of unionist control someone else is needed to reconcile unionists to minority status.

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oooooh fuck me at that last paragraph Feeney. Ooooooh

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Pretty lethal rippin'

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Hope Arlene finds peace with the inevitable prospect of a united Ireland.

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Hahah

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oooh, Feeney

DUP will obviously come back stronger if elections are called because Teddy Bears would rather see the World burn than see this Nationalist majority. (Brexit etc)

It will take another 3 elections in my estimate for an All-Ireland SF led majority North & South.
3 electons in 8 years.

May as well get the ball rolling especially since Dupers are fobbing off UK taxes to pay for their industrial heating in the basketcase 6.

Brimg down the institutions

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Don't mind Marty so much, but Adams still makes you squirm when he comes on the tellie lucky not often just looks like he's hiding so many dirty secrets.

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You trying to make out he was in the RA?

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lol @ gerry being in the RA

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Arlene on her way out according to Bryson on Twitter

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Dead or steppin down?

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heard just last week from someone who works up at storment more shit is to hit and she is a goner

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Who replaces her?

What a mad time. The DUP will

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Sorry

Fade after this if she steps aside

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no need to apologise UpInArmsMa

anyone that reads this forum needs to read things twice any way the retards.

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Aye being shoved by party members, fortunately not dead.

It's gonna be pretty awkward considering they backed her to the hilt not so long ago.

It's a mad time in Irish politics, fuck knows what 2017 will bring

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North and south. Adams is fucking EVERYWHERE. Nother stepping down any time soon. Seen a boy on fb even met him up climbing Errigal today

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who gives a fuck about Ireland bro in 2017

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we're literally the most boring, destitute society in the entire globe.

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but at the same time, this place is so boring you've an opportunity

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First Scotland then Ireland then Liverpool and Cornwall. Others will follow
New Zealand have thrown their weight in behind Palestine so they'll denounce the Queen before too long as well

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More worried about Russia/Chinese Hegemony and Global Warming than anything to do with what parish I'm in, these days

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only good thing I've heard recently is max-i-ching (sp) and the Chinese hate Russia more than hate America. So there's some sort of understanding to be made there.

No mate, not intersted in INLA

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Arlene been shown to have written to bank directors asking them to be favourable to loan applications related to boiler installations. Just another sign she was closer to the scheme that she let on.

Was chatting to a farmer over Christmas who didn't have the cash at the time to get in on the scheme. He said it was an open secret that it was free money and mentioned a few local businesses making a packet. He has a wood pellet boiler in his house and he even reckons the quality of the pellets has gone down hugely since the demand skyrocketed.

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News article on said letters to banks: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...

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How the fuck is she still in office. I am gonna vote TUV if this shit is allowed to fly.

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London should be forcing her out for her attempts at rinsing their purse.

What a cretin.

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She should be arrested immediately.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...

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lol

RHI scandal: Arlene Foster says calls to step down 'misogynistic' - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...

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but isn't she a man anyways

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Properly scraping the barrel now. Justice minister needs to step in now and show that she is actually doing something in her job

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Naomi Long on Nolan this morning talking a load of sense in relation to this... audioboom.com/posts/54...

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DUP during this are incredible.

arlene still claiming she has done nothing wrong. lol

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would expect nothing less from Takki's mates

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Doubt anything will come out of this. DUP voters will still vote DUP.

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RJ Macready • 13 minutes ago
would expect nothing less from Takki's mates

Exactly. Naomi and the Alliance posse are fucking class.

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