Jason A Murdock
Jason is a writer and journalist from Northern Ireland. Editor of Off the Record Online - a website dedicated to political comment, investigations and media coverage.

Entries by Jason A Murdock

Indyref: The 'Yes' Vote May Win, But It Won't Be Because of 'Proper' Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (15:37)


Whatever you think about Alex Salmond - be it proprietor of independence or destroyer of the glorious union - he is right about one thing: the Scottish Independence referendum is a 'once in a generation' opportunity. It is the battle of disparity, the war of...

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Northern Ireland, the Justice and Security Act and the Death of Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (01:41)


On the 25th of April 2013, the Justice and Security Act 2013 gained Royal Assent. The law - which provides 'oversight' for security services, the introduction of 'closed material procedure' in relation to civil proceedings and the prevention of the disclosure of self...

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Northern Ireland: Haass/O'Sullivan Talks End Without Inter-Party Agreement

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2013 | (09:42)


The talks chaired by American diplomat Dr Richard Haass have come to an end without a firm resolution with no significant unanimous deal being agreed upon by the five main Executive parties. The negotiations on the latest (7th) draft went on...

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Northern Ireland City Mayor Refuses to Open Nelson Mandela Book of Condolence

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (00:23)


The Mayor of Lisburn, the third largest city in Northern Ireland, Margaret Tolerton has refused to open a book of condolence after the recent passing of Nelson Mandela meaning that unlike those in Belfast City Council and Derry...

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A 21st Century Dilemma: Print Vs Pixel

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2013 | (17:26)


If you believe the hype, the Internet is pure unadulterated evil. It is single handedly assassinating every major industry, every business and everything enjoyable in the world. This cold blooded creature sneaks up and attacks when the backs are turned; it created Amazon to...

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The Only Way Is Up for Rory McIlroy

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2013 | (02:32)

There is no doubt that Rory McIlroy has cut a rather depressing figure of late. It may be cliché to write about the world number three, only writing about Tiger Woods would be more frowned upon. Whether you agree he deserves his current world ranking or not, there is a...

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The Twelfth of July: Northern Ireland's Cultural Coma

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2013 | (00:47)

The police are covered from head to toe in jet black riot gear, the ground is covered in broken glass and the remnants of an entire twenty four hours of consumption litter the surrounding area. The streets themselves are masked with propaganda and crude sectarian graffiti. The hot air and...

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An Outsider's Perspective on the Deterioration of The Obama Administration

(6) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (17:18)

It is never easy to admit you were wrong, but today I can draw the courage to type the words I have been thinking inside my liberally infused brain for a while; I was wrong about the Obama administration. The promise once felt no longer exists, for me the dream...

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Can NI21 Change The Face of Northern Irish Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (13:10)

For a majority, the so-called political 'silent majority' can be a pretty lonely place sometimes. For anyone with any knowledge of Northern Irish life, it goes without saying that this time of year can be a dire state of affairs. The flutes, drums, parades and grandstanding that, in...

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The Removal of Teenage Kicks Tribute Graffiti in Northern Ireland Highlights Cultural Ignorance

(2) Comments | Posted 22 June 2013 | (01:44)

The faded words 'Teenage dreams, so hard to beat' will soon be gone completely. The tribute to John Peel that was spray-painted onto a busy motorway flyover in Belfast City Centre after his death nine years ago has recently been whitewashed as part of a "£300,000...

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Privacy? Off the Record? Secrets? Say Hello to Big Brother

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (02:34)

Does everything eventually boil down to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four? It seems so, in a strange way it is similar to Godwin's Law (that in an argument, the Nazi's or Hitler will eventually be mentioned) and with every year that passes and as new technology is developed,...

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Social Media is Destroying our Ability to be Social

(1) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (00:59)

The world has changed, didn't you get the memo? We have become digitised, and we live in a world now defined by IP address statistics and pictures of what you had for breakfast. Social media in its current form has changed the way we live our lives, and perhaps we...

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The Rise of Atheism Represents Significant Progress for Northern Ireland

(6) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (01:00)

Like any country with a reputation for extremism, it's history will always be judged on the actions of extremists. The usual saying that history is judged by the victors does not yet apply to Northern Ireland, as it sometimes seems that the state of conflict has never really ended in...

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