John Wilson Haire, July 2006
The Wind that Shook the Barley
THE WIND THAT SHOOK THE BARLEY didn’t shake me but the Imperial rage in the British national press about it did. Suddenly they came out of the woodwork as regards Ireland. So, Ireland, look out, they don’t seem to have finished with you yet. The film is now showing at the Renoir Cinema in the Bruinswick Centre, Holborn, the Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn, and at the Curzon Cinema, Soho, all in London. I went along, with my wife, to the Renoir Cinema ...
Sean McGouran, November 2006
The Windï¿½ That Shakes The Blar
John Lloydï¿½s contribution to the discussion of Ken Loachï¿½s film is Itï¿½s an ill wind, sub-headed: The distortions of history in Ken Loachï¿½s film The Wind that Shakes the Barley do violence to the present as well as the past. Lloyd compares it to Braveheart, both ï¿½make morality out of victimhoodï¿½, in Loachï¿½s case ï¿½socialist victimhoodï¿½.
According to Lloyd a ï¿½bandï¿½ of republican volunteers ï¿½conducts a series of ambushes ...
Mark Langhammer, October 2005
Time to stop digging, and star
My grandfather, a cawker in the shipyard, came from the Hammer district. He played under Ernie Ruddock in the Agnes Street Silver Band. My mother was brought up in Montreal Street in the Woodvale. And I worked for a short period in the Hammer Community Complex in Agnes Street.
I have spent over twenty years working in a voluntary capacity in Rathcoole, variously as a Welfare Rights advisor, youth worker, political representative and ...
Editorial, August 1998
Tories break Bi-partisanship
How much control does William Hague have over Shadow Cabinet policy? It seems likely that his Euro-sceptic colleagues have pushed him further than he wanted to go in opposing the Euro. And the Party has departed from the bipartisanship on Northern Ireland which has been customary in British party politics since the First World War.
It seemed that the Conservatives were initially in support of the Belfast Agreement negotiated at Easter. ...
Brenden Clifford, April 1997
The Left and N. Ireland
Brendan Clifford argues that Labour's blind spot about the
need for democratic government in Northern Ireland has its
origin in the sentimental rhetoric of Michael Foot.
Michael Foot, the Labour Party leader who begat Neil Kinnock, who in his turn begat Tony Blair, last year returned to book reviewing for the Evening Standard, leaving English Socialism to cope without his assistance with the shambles to which it has been reduced by New ...
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