DUP Manifesto 2016: Vote Arlene or Martin McGuinness will drown a puppy.

DUP Manifesto 2016: Vote Arlene or Martin McGuinness will drown a puppy.

Who is this Arlene of which you speak? Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s our dysfunctional mandatory coalition government set-up… but when I think of what an incumbent party should be preaching about come election time; change isn’t it. Stability maybe? More of the same successes? Not change. Yet the DUP Arlene waxes lyrical about changes they’d she’d make… ok, why haven’t they hasn’t she then? You were the largest party in government and it’s been that way for some considerable time. Change? If we need change, which the DUP seem to agree with, can I suggest starting with the obvious? If the system isn’t working, change starts at the top. The DUP Arlene says, “I want to see an Executive with a reputation for taking decisions and getting things done.” What things were they was she getting done with their in-out ministers in the last mandate? That, by it’s very nature, wasn’t taking a decision, it was avoiding taking a decision by maintaining stability on a purely administrative basis. In general, I find it difficult to accept any mandatory coalition executive talking about their her successes, it’s very much a group effort (or lack thereof), so when they talk she talks about achieving the ability to control our own corporation tax rate… how much of that exactly are the DUP is Arlene taking responsibility for? Was it entirely themselves alone herself alone? This one in particular seems odd to me, “The number of people admitted to hospitals in Northern Ireland has increased by over 25,000 between 2010/11 and 2014/15” So the brag here is… we’re having to go...
Me & The Music Business – All Those Years Ago

Me & The Music Business – All Those Years Ago

So in another life, many moons past, I was a big music fan. I still am of course, but not like then; then I lived, eat, drunk & breathed music. I was kinda late to the party, I enjoyed listening to music as everyone does, then when I was about 16 I suddenly opened my ears to what was going on and fell in love with the whole thing. I’ve never been one for half measures, when I get into something I tend to go feet first and immerse myself, so shortly after this eureka moment, I found a way to work within the music industry and it’s thanks to this that I met my partner!! I had no skills with an instrument and a voice that could upset stone, but I discovered a way to go to more gigs, get more music and all for free. Street Teams. I was living near Brighton at this point (and in fact was homeless for part of it, I used the school computers or whatever local library was close to me at the time), the music scene there was superb – it seemed like every great band that toured the UK would play Brighton, just an hours drive south the coast and if you’re a big-hitting act, The Brighton Centre or maybe The Dome; if you’re a newish band just beginning to break, The Concorde 2, The Komedia or if you were even smaller, The Freebutt, The Ocean Rooms or a whole host of rooms-with-speakers. I began working with a Street Team for Warner Music Group, it was a simple enough...