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I like it when politicians warn of trouble, when they actually say "get the petrol bombs ready boys we're having a riot!"
SF are killing themselves on this. They have no basis to organise this protest. Relatives for Justice have organised their own protest with Eirigi, and have disavowed the SF rally so that's the victims of the British Army card gone, what's more Gerry A and Martin were over shaking hands with GWB 2 weeks after the war in Iraq started, so where's the platform for opposing the war? Not to mention undermining the status of the Parades Commision with spurious applications and using Paul Maskey as the spokesman for this when he can hardly speak.
Spoons the whole lot of them. A major major own goal.
The whole thing's a bag of slightly warmed up cat sick. Neither party, so far as I can tell, honestly, truly gives a fuck, but this is a nice way of keeping the sheep motivated. You, there, Shake your fist at them Taigs! You, there, you shake the fist at them huns! Ignore us as we sly-fuck you out of something else in the background, just get to your little parades and wave your placard like an arse. Bread and circuses.
I can only assume they think this is going to be cancelled or moved to another location. Even if it doesn't kick off, I really fail to see the strategic advantage of putting everyone at each other's throats like this.
The Andytown News had a very reasonable editorial, pointing out that republican events / protests in the city centre have gone unmolested for a number of years now, which certainly wasn't always the case. And might not be again after this.
But it's a total own goal in all those respects. Sinn Fein have conclusively failed to make a convincing case that the march is necessary or desireable in any respect, and the growing threat that it will be a violent flashpoint, mean that the only people who are likely to attend the rally are sectarian thugs looking for a recreational riot. They seem to be hell bent on completely alienating the educated professional demographic that forms the main block of their current electoral support for the sake of a last yahoo to the olden days.
yesbut at least the hiring of multiple buses to bring protesters from all ends of the country to this event can show once and for all the desire, nay, the[i:a4be59f3cb] need[/i:a4be59f3cb] to have better provision of public transport on a Sunday.
Does either "side" in this pitiful little debacle (to be clear, i'm no great fan of either side here. The Military homecoming seems to me to be a News Letter derived arsearound, and the Counter-protest a slabbering match rising to it) realise that if they keep things dignified and peaceful, they're on instant moral high ground? Does common sense like that, and, y'know, generally not being a bunch of complete wankers ever enter their minds?
This will teach them Translink wanks not to invest in electric train like the rest of the frigging civilized world. Come on, even in my own Italy that has a train system that can only be compared to the one in India or Pakistan we have an electric rail system.
And I assumed we all knew that politicians are a bunch hypocrite dogwank.
It's an almost certainty. "Community Representatives" have saturated the Shankill with yellow ribbons and "Support our Troops" posters, along with reports of rather more explicit round-robin texts - it's clear someone wants Nov 2nd used as a line-in-the-sand.
it makes no sense for SF to attempt to appease the dissident lobby, who all left a long time ago and will have no truck with Shinners at all. It seems to be an internal faction who are missing the grassroots influence as community organisers and want to flex those muscles again. It's utterly cynical and utterly doomed to failure the inevitable trouble will have the effect of decimating them at the polls. the SDLP may not be an option for most but I'd see the Greens and the SWP's making a bizarre jump at the next round.
I'd say trouble will flair up from Halloween night onwards through the weekend.
Not this time. Normally such a thing runs as smooth as polished steel, the lines are drawn up far in advance and the moderates are brought along with the tide.
This seems like they've completely misjudged the mood, and are persisting in insulting the intelligence of their electorate. Maskey as a spokesman has made most people cringe with embarrassment
The SF protest will likely consist of an embarrassingly poor turnout, mostly consisting of SF members, kids looking a riot and dissidents out to ruin the Shinner's name. Violence is depressingly inevitable, and would be completely avoidable and unjustified in the eyes of their voters.
Unless the PSNI open fire with plastic bullets and wound a few kids there is really no way that SF can come out of this in profit.
I mean even if everything goes "to plan" and there is no violence, SF will still be left with a pathetic turnout at a protest that makes them look foolish and out-of-touch. The news will be full of 17 yr old boys looking dapper in their dress uniforms amidst talk of their brave sacrifice and crying proud parents and relatives.
At the risk of getting back on topic, how many people actually use the trains after 10pm or on a Sunday? Sunday? Yes, I've seen them. After 10pm? Only on weekends. I'd rather lose later services than Sunday services personally. Although losing any of them sucks.
Y'see, now, if I was translink, I'd be playing it awful fuckin' quiet regarding money. They weren't shy to bump their fares when the ould diesel went up a bit, and seem in no particular hurry to put them back down again. I suppose you can do that when you've got a monopoly, and the customer can just bend over and take whatever's coming.
I use sunday service all the time. The late night service would be more useful if it was actually a bit later and you could use it to get home after a proper night out, and not cut it short.
Back to the other thing...
The only way out is for SF to call of their parade in the next few days when the other side have been pepped up to the nines with the promise of being let off the leash, and are beyond the point of no return, and stand back and watch.
God forbid that was their actual strategy in this.
Until this week I assumed SF would call it off, but no longer looks like it...there was another press conference this morning with not a hint of it. And a call for the homecoming parade to be moved to the Odyssey?!
What IS the issue here?
Families who have lost members to British Forces and have yet to recieve justice have the right to protest peacefully at the glorification of the British Army. People may not agree with this, but it is at least a logical and understandable position.
Likewise other groups have a right to protest at the continued involvement of the British Army in the occupation of Iraq and Afganistan.
Sinn Fein has no platform from which to speak for either of these lobbies, or organise a protest in their name, given their complicity with the Bush administration, and their acceptance of a baseline (normalised) level of British Army presence during the last round of talks.
Especially given that groups representing both interests have organised their own protests independently of SF.
[quote:3ba8cba268="Recycled Alien"]I've always said that the Translink management should all be sacked and replaced by the people who organise the Hilden Festival. Because they [b:3ba8cba268]can[/b:3ba8cba268] actually organise a piss-up in a brewery.[/quote:3ba8cba268]
[quote:6ddd2e0498="fastfude"]If Translink is a private company, howcome there's no market competition?[/quote:6ddd2e0498]
Stagecoach looked at coming over here for a while, but there aren't enough people to make it worth their while.
There is some market competition in rural areas with the provision of rural community transport, but in urban areas we are stuck with Translink. Same issue as having a sole electricity provider, gas provider etc.
If the government didnt subsidise these provisions, we wouldnt have anything even vaguely resembling a service, unless we cooperated with the providers in the south more - which is hte case of electricity, is already being mooted.
The consumer council recently did a study on these very issues, but i dont think the results are out yet.
Maybe if they provided a decent service on Sundays more people would use it. Translink's Sunday services to Lisburn consist of one train an hour (on the half hour) and a Bus more or less on the hour (which arrives at more or less the same time as the train!) I'd much rather both these proposals would go through if the alternative was a decent night bus/Sunday bus service (one that doesn't add half an hour to the journey by traversing the lower falls).
Is it totally sad that I know that this dude hasn't worked for Translink for several years?
I remember your man too, he was one of the few decent members of staff at Great Victoria Street, the majority of whom I found rude and ignorant. There seems to be a lot of new staff brought in recently, they seem to be a bit more professional than previous ones.
[quote:0a67c44584="KingNeon"]I remember your man too, he was one of the few decent members of staff at Great Victoria Street, the majority of whom I found rude and ignorant. There seems to be a lot of new staff brought in recently, they seem to be a bit more professional than previous ones.[/quote:0a67c44584]
Aye, he drives a cab now. The older guy in Great Victoria is great too. The young uns have caused me to miss my train a couple of times because they're too busy nattering to sell me a ticket. Hardly the bane of an otherwise metropolitan existence but I make sure they feel the wrath of my "time is money" face. :lol:
Well, to make things bad, Translink is not technically a private company. Indeed the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company that runs NI Railway, Ulsterbus and Metro is a company owned by the government and run or at least partially under the management (not too sure about this though) by the Road Service.
And this makes things worse as you would expect a publicly owned company to make at least a half-decent attempt to have a good reliable service.
What really annoys me is that apparently Ulsterbus and Bus Eireann can't come to an agreement on a student fare for the crossborder bus service when what they actually mean is, we run this bus almost to capacity on most services anyway so why bother running a concession?
Also, losing Sunday services would be pretty bad - lots of people heading back to Belfast or Derry for example for another week of work or else college etc. As for late night, I've never had any cause to take a train later than 9pm but I suppose for the Bangor, Lisburn lines it might be useful.
I have to admit, I've never had particular issue with translink, but I've been living in london the last while, so no doubt when I get back I (like londoners appear to be) will be mighty pissed off if I have to wait more than 4 minutes for a train/bus.
Aye but it's economies of scale innit - the reason they can run 20 trains an hour on the tube, with the last few having probably 20 people on them, is cos the rush hour is so busy you try to wedge yourself in, or just wait til there's a tiny gap in the carriage to get on - friends that go to manchester at rush hour frequently have to stand the whole way!
Translink have the problem that the amount of people that use the service (cos lets face it.. most everyone drives in NI - most of my london mates don't even have a driving licence) doesn't enable them to provide the equivalent to anything like london.
As I said, I have no probs with them generally, and they do manage a service to most parts of our sparsely populated province at least a few times a day.
While this state of affairs [i:179605eac4]is[/i:179605eac4], certainly, undoubtedly utterly cuntish, you're still a bit of a stupid cunt for not knowing it. I mean, they gave you a leaflet and stuff, ja? Which told you this, ja? That even a half-blind half-mad old shite like me managed to make a shaky-handwriting mental note of, ja? And instead of rolling it up it to smoke white dog poo in or for tickling Chris Lindsay's unmentionables with, you should have just read the facking thing. Come now. Play fair, m'dear.
Yes, but why does it "expire", where does the money go? And no, I wasn't given a leaflet (I hate that word) or informed in anyway about translink's near criminal plan to con the masses. A curse on all their houses...
I've moved to a place where there's a limited bus service, and despite the timetable stating there's a direct service through to Belfast, it's a lie that involves you having to board four buses to get there and back, each time telling the driver that the previous one 'said I could get on this bus with this ticket' thereby not giving them the chance to tell me my ticket is invalid.
I've not gone in for those prepaid cards, I'd rather hold up the queue with cold hard cash. The cards do 'represent a saving' but I don't trust myself when it comes to losing them, whereas I always have a few quid on me.
I'd write a letter to Translink saying that you were completely unaware of the expiration limit (their communications strategy obviously failed) and such a limit isn't practical for customers such as yourself (you're suggesting an improved customer service via extending it to six months) and could you please have your money back for pointing out this improvement?
It wouldn't do Translink any harm to extend the time limit, after all, they've already got your money the day you buy it.
Relatives For Justice were set up as the campaigning group to demand the truth about deaths caused by the British Army. It was set up with SF support, so that the demands of the families would not be directly linked to electoral politics. They're having their own march/rally. So why are Sinn Fein.
Since when was being cheeky an excuse for bare faced cowardly hypocrisy? What the fuck Marty like, seriously come on like? :lol:
GFA agreement - you wha? Alex Maskey laying a wreath at the Senotaph? You wha? Wha?