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‘Water isn’t free’- issue bothers politicians north and south

Just back from my end-of-year sojourn to the south of Ireland where the weather was glorious, Christmas is well and truly on the agenda and the eating-out places are absolutely amazing – from the smallest garage coffee stop to the posh places.

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Fun police can keep four gift rule - I’m with Noddy!

Fun police can keep four gift rule - I’m with Noddy!

Every year there’s always that one gift on my son’s Christmas present list which proves difficult to obtain.

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When will I receive my state pension?

When will I receive my state pension?

Q. I am approaching 60 and I assumed I would receive my state pension, I have been advised this is no longer the case. When will I receive my pension?

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The UK has shown its only card on Brexit, before it had to play it

The UK has shown its only card on Brexit, before it had to play it

It is a well worn analogy that if people want high public spending and low taxes – but they cannot have both.

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Morning View

John Glenn: a true hero from a very different era

The death John Glenn is one of the last links with the golden era of space exploration.

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RHI saga shows at best a failure to understand human nature

The squandering of public money on a large scale in Northern Ireland is not a new thing.

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TUV leader Jim Allister at Stormont. 
Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Only at Stormont could a motion on human rights be proposed by an MLA who sought to deny right to life

This is Jim Allister’s contribution to an Assembly motion on Monday about human rights:

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Morning View

The terror threat in NI is, as we already knew, severe

The threat level from terrorism in Northern Ireland remains severe, we were told yesterday.

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Serious crime must ultimately be met with serious action

A campaign has been launched to discourage the public from buying fake products.

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Zac Goldsmith has no-one to blame but himself for his fate

Zac Goldsmith has no-one to blame but himself for his fate

A combination of arrogance and vanity brought Zac Goldsmith to his political knees in the Richmond Park by-election.

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Alex Kane

Sinn Fein rhetoric ignores fact that Irish unity would kill off unionism

In last week’s column I wrote about Sinn Fein’s approach to reconciliation (they had just launched a document on the issue), arguing that their definition was confined to the unionist/republican relationship in a united Ireland.

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Morning View

An editor who had a wide range of interests and far reaching influence

The range of people who have paid tribute to Austin Hunter after his tragic death on Saturday illustrates how far reaching his influence was, and how wide his interests were.

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MLA’s honesty about his past HIV ignorance will boost public awareness

The DUP MLA Trevor Clarke has come under fire for his past ignorance over HIV.

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Unexpectedly genius: Foreign secretary Boris Johnson

Why Brexit will be ‘Titanic’ success

Since Boris Johnson, our somehow always lovably buffoonish Foreign Secretary, made the hilarious announcement that Brexit means Brexit and the British government are so passionately intent on ‘making a Titanic success of it’ , I have been laughing and marvelling at the wisdom this man clearly possesses despite his clown-like jollity. It could be that Boris Johnson is one of the great intellects of our time, despite his oft confused visage.

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Zac Goldsmith, above left, was emboldened to call an unnecessary election, ending his political career at the hands of Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney (left). Theresa May should also beware an unnecessary general election. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: Richmond result shows the risks for Theresa May in calling a snap election

If anything has demonstrated the perils of Theresa May calling an early general election, Thursday’s Richmond by-election has done.

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The BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: BBC SPOTY should not go down the quotas road

BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) has not historically been biased against Northern Ireland.

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Sex Kitten’s continuing search for a pur-fect love

Sex Kitten’s continuing search for a pur-fect love

Some women seem to be addicted to love and lead complicated romantic lives, Natasha Hamilton from the pop group Atomic Kitten being one of them.

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What to do if your car is a ‘write off’

What to do if your car is a ‘write off’

Q. I was involved in a traffic accident last week, I am worried my insurance company will say it is a write off, can I dispute this if they do?

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Sandra Chapman

The dreams of two housewives and the memories left behind

When I was a child one of my mother’s best friends was a neighbour called Rose.

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