Spotlight, Spotlight & Jamie Bryson

Watching BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight program tonight, regarding the NAMA sale and Frank Cushnahan, among others… something occurred to me that suddenly lifted a cloud of misunderstanding. When Jamie Bryson first wrote his blogs where he named certain individuals, political leaders among them, I watched eagerly, waiting to see the evidence… there appeared to be none. I, and many many others gave him some serious amount of shit for being a bullshitter… I think at this point, most people engaged with current affairs and politics in Northern Ireland, assumed there has to have been some level of truth behind it, but the lack of evidence was just galling. We wanted him to be right, and he just flunked it. Or did he… I spoke some months ago with an MLA who had seen what evidence Bryson submitted that day to the committee, they told me that there was, “definitely something there, but it was outside of our terms of reference, it’s been passed on to the relevant authorities.” MINOR SPOILER ALERT FOR THE MOVIE SPOTLIGHT. I watched the Oscar winning film, ‘Spotlight’ yesterday, if you haven’t seen it, there’s a fantastic part where the Spotlight (of the Boston Globe) team are trying to get some documents revealed by a court, documents that were legally, “under seal,” – and it’s a struggle they seem to be losing at the time. There is a reveal moment where a lawyer involved in the case says that he applied to the court to depose a priest who had been guilty of child abuse, a lawyer for the church filed against this. At this...

Jim Wells Caught in Misogynistic Comments: Updated

DUP MLA Jim Wells, the former Health Minister has been caught in yet another gaffe. Wells was apparently unaware that despite, “now in public session, ” being called, that his comments might be audible to the public. You can see what he said here. His comments are at approximately 1min 10seconds. The context of the conversation is mostly indecipherable however he does quite clearly say; I can’t cope with women between 8 and 80… He then says something that, to me, sounds a lot like, “bastards,” but perhaps it’s just a homophone… Tough to hear conclusively, make up your own minds. Just before this, when the public are called into the session, he remarks, … Woman reminds me of Arlene Foster, scared the wits out of me.” To which UUP MLA, whom Wells is speaking to replies, “there is a wee bit of a resemblance.” Wells then responds with, She doesn’t take prisoners.” Presumably referring to Arlene Foster, first minister and leader of Wells’ own party, the DUP. Jim Wells is of course prone to speaking his mind, but with the topic of abortion coming up in the Assembly this week and the campaign to ‘Trust Women’ ongoing, perhaps when Mr. Wells votes not to trust women with the right to know what is right for their own bodies, as should be their right in line with an NI courts decision on human rights…  We will understand why. Following on from Jim Wells’ outburst, a civil servant got in touch me with a very interesting and important point. Imagine how the Civil Servant being commented on [Ed: That Wells...