Channel 4 was today accused of holding a 'dodgy' Tory leadership debate where candidates were encouraged to 'knock chunks out of each other' - while hard Brexiteer Dominic Raab was 'sidelined'. Viewers who attacked the broadcaster after last night's TV battle also declared that Boris Johnson had 'won' because he had refused to take part, calling it a pro-EU 'kangaroo court' and a 'trap'. Host Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who attended Oxford University, was also blasted as 'snide' for introducing each candidate by the school and university they went to. Channel 4 today insisted that the audience was made up of 'floating voters' who were 'open' to voting Tory and picked by an independent polling company. But those watching at home said those in the studio appeared 'biased' towards the EU because there was so little clapping for anyone advocating Brexit, calling it a 'remainer fest'. Channel 4 tried to shame Mr Johnson during the showdown last night by leaving an empty podium where he … [Read more...] about Was it a Channel 4 stitch-up? Viewers slam ‘snide’ TV leadership debate that ‘encouraged candidates to knock chunks out of each other’ and ‘sidelined the hard Brexiteer’
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Northern Ireland By Jayne McCormack BBC News NI Political Reporter 23 February 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47292347 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Much of the debate about Brexit has … [Read more...] about Brexit and identity in NI: A delicate issue
The Rev Ian Paisley, Lord Bannside, who has died aged 88, came from humble beginnings to be self-appointed champion of Protestant and unionist Northern Ireland. For decades the object of widespread suspicion in Britain and Ireland, in 2007 he transformed his reputation and political legacy by reaching a power-sharing deal with Sinn Féin. Paisley's decision to serve as first minister of the devolved assembly at Stormont – alongside those republicans he had once denounced as murderous – alarmed his most fervent adherents but was greeted by international acclaim. Because of his improbably jovial relationship with his deputy, the former IRA commander Martin McGuinness, the two came to be known as the Chuckle Brothers. It was a long and extraordinary ideological journey from pulpit to prime ministerial office. Paisley began as one of the most volatile elements in Northern Ireland's tempestuous political firmament. To fundamentalist supporters, he was a larger than life … [Read more...] about The Rev Ian Paisley obituary
In what has developed into a stranger-than-fiction tale that has convulsed Northern Ireland, one of the more remarkable details of the affair and financial dealings between Iris Robinson and Kirk McCambley is how they met. Mrs Robinson — MP for Strangford, member of the Northern Ireland assembly, alderman of Castlereagh borough council and wife of Northern Ireland's first minister — was a frequent customer of William (Billy) McCambley's butcher's shop in Ballyhackamore, east Belfast. His young son Kirk would help out in the shop, and first got to know her in the late 1990s when he was still at primary school. Kirk McCambley, now 21, told BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme on Thursday night: "I always seen [sic] her coming in and out. Just knew her from an early age, through the butcher's and through my dad." He could not have failed to have known, even at that early age, who she was. With Peter Robinson's ascension in 2008 to first minister, the couple have … [Read more...] about Iris Robinson and Kirk McCambley: a strange tale of Belfast’s ‘odd couple’
The yellow cranes were nicknamed Samson and Goliath, soaring steel giants that defined Belfast’s skyline and symbolised Northern Ireland’s industrial might. Hulking over the Harland and Wolff shipyard, each could lift loads weighing hundreds of tonnes, dangling them like playthings over thousands of workers below who hammered and clanged and welded – a thunderous, daily cacophony. It was a moment of immense pride every time an ocean liner, tanker, ferry or navy vessel slid down the ramp into the waters of the River Lagan. A 1986 company history book was titled Shipbuilders to the World. Few seemed to notice or care that in the Old Testament Samson and Goliath came to bad ends: one betrayed, the other slain. Their Belfast counterparts this week experienced their own twist of fortune. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, since 1861 the maker of some of the world’s most famous ships, including the Titanic, collapsed into administration. The two great cranes are now … [Read more...] about Sound of silence: will shipyard that built Titanic vanish into history?